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I have always loved dogs. Even though he bit me when I tried to remove chewing gum from his mouth, I still loved my first dog, Slim. Chico, a mixed breed from  the pound used to sit on my bed and sing “Cross over the Bridge” which in retrospect was probably quite a bit of annoying howling. At age eight I didn’t think so at all. After a long career in education that included teaching, administration and consulting, I retired (almost) and I finally get to spend time with my dog again. This time my best friend’s name is Tali…short for Natalia, then Talia and finally when she did not respond to either of those, Tali.

We work together, Tali and I, doing what is called Pet Therapy. We are a team, certified by The Delta Society, a national organization that sponsors and insures pet partners throughout the country. We passed a rather rigorous exam  and work hard to get recertified every two years. We work in libraries in The Doggie Tales program where I get to listen to young children read. Tali listens too, placing her head on a child’s lap and provides two large non-judgmental ears. We are also involved in a program for seventh- grade “struggling” readers. Tali doesn’t know this and she treats these boys and girls with the same respect as the superstars who are not in the “bluebird” group. We visit hospitals where I get to meet some very interesting folks and Tali provides the tactile therapy that calms these often anxious patients. (more…)

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