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The sudden, loud creak startled me. I was alone in the house, save for my dog and 2 cats. The dog lying prone on the floor, feet running, chasing some elusive creature in her dreams I guess. One cat happily ensconced on the back of the recliner and the other on the floor attending to her nightly ablutions. They hadn’t moved or even lifted a head to investigate the sound. Surely they heard it. Not much escapes an animal’s keen senses, especially their hearing.

Oh well, I consoled myself. It’s probably just the floorboards creaking in our old nineteenth century farmhouse. But there! There it is again. I hear it with almost every move. Strangely there is still no reaction from the dog and cats. And it definitely is not the floorboards.

As I reach down to pick up Miss Kitty who has now finished her grooming ritual, I hear it again. This time the painful truth slaps me upside my head. This is no ordinary creaking sound. These are not floorboards creaking. Truth be known, the noise isn’t even that loud. (more…)

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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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