Do you own a dog? If so, you understand the meaning of pure, unconditional love. You understand the meaning of loyalty and companionship. You understand how the wag of a tail or a wet nose against your face can take a mood from bleak to blissful. You understand the profound capacity of these creatures to transform lives.
I’ve witnessed how a dog can bring comfort and joy not only to me but to others in need. My 3-lb. mixed-breed ball of fluffy love, named Norbert, is a registered therapy dog. This means we are able to volunteer at places like hospitals, nursing homes, and other organizations in hopes of bringing comfort and joy to others in need.
Our important and deeply rewarding work over the past seven years has not only brought smiles to thousands of others, but it has also strengthened my own relationship with Norbert. Perhaps this can best be illustrated by an example of how a therapy dog can affect the life of another.