Monday, March 18, 2013

Canine Comfort --Crisis Response Therapy Dog Group In Southeast Michigan

I've had working Therapy Dogs for years and have experienced first hand the impact these amazing dogs have on people.  I've often wondered how to serve my community on another level, such as in times of crisis or a traumatic event.  I shared my thoughts with a few other Therapy Dog Handlers and without hesitation they all agreed that we should form a Crisis Response Therapy Dog Group.   This group will be different from our traditional Therapy Dog visits, we will be available in times of crisis in a community at a School, place of business, etc.  We want to offer comfort and emotional support to our communities in times of sorrow and loss. 

We come from many backgrounds, School Teachers, Accountants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Retired Auto Workers, Psychotherapists and Dog Trainers.  We live in Washtenaw, Lenewee, Wayne, Oakland and Jackson Counties. 

We've spent the past few months organizing and training to prepare ourselves and our dogs.  Our teams have years of experience working in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy as well as the health care industry. 

Our dogs are registered Therapy Dogs with resumes to long to mention.    Our teams include:

Michelle and Enzo
Kit and Pippa and Leo
Barb and Sable
Barb and Journey
Stacey and Maggie
Kristin and Leyland
John and Ike
Dave and Abby
Karen and Brady
Beth and Opus
Kim and Keebler

We are going to begin distributing information about our group to local School Districts and City Managers.  We can be reached at or 734-395-2608.


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