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Why We Participate in Therapy Dog Volunteering

"Two years ago I joined Caring Canines with my Cavalier, Murfee. I went into it thinking I'd just be doing nursing homes with him...I was wrong. It turns out that Murfee just didn't enjoy nursing homes but he loved kids. Murfee excels with kids in the reading programs.


Since then my two Lhasas, Pip & Squeek, and my Shih Tzu, Stormy, have become certified therapy dogs also. Our days are filled with visits to nursing homes (Pip & Squeek love those visits), grade schools, the hospital, the university and more.  I love the Caring Canines organization for introducing me to the joy of sharing my dogs with others and bringing smiles to their faces."

Linda Barker, President

"My dog Faith & I have been w/ Caring Canines for almost a year. Within that year we have seen smiles on children’s faces when they read to us, happy seniors when we visit with them and when we go to the units or waiting rooms at RRMC I see we are making a difference. It is a pleasure as well to work with the other teams."

Ann Marie Moody

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