Dogs have jobs, too

Hi, my name is Buddy and I am Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin’s new therapy dog. You probably know that Children’s Service Society supports kids who might be having a tough time dealing with situations in their life. I’m so excited because I am going to meet some wonderful new friends at Children’s Service Society in Racine, Wis.

This isn’t the first time I’ll be working with kids. I used to visit with some children in Illinois. They were adorable, and they drew pictures for me and made bracelets and hats for me to wear. I told them stories of my life, and they shared stories about their lives. Helping children feel comfortable and safe is a big part of my job. Sometimes I can tell they need extra affection and sometimes I can tell that they just need me to listen. I’m there to do both.

Being a therapy dog carries a lot of responsibility. Research shows that visiting with kindhearted animals like me can help children feel less lonely or depressed. And, children tend to be more active and open after interacting with animals. Studies show that a therapy dog can provide a sense of comfort, confidence, and companionship in a clinical setting. Do you know what my friends think are the best things about me?  It’s not my curly tail or my floppy ears. They say I have kind eyes, a big heart and I’m a great listener. That’s why I’m a great therapy dog.

I am really excited to work with kids in Racine. I understand what it’s like to not always be happy. My current owner, Val, is a great mom, but I didn’t have a very happy life before she rescued me. But now, I get to come to work with Val and help kids feel good about themselves — and that’s the best job a dog could have.

P.s. I know there are other therapy dogs out there like me who help children. If you have stories to share, I would love to hear them!

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Dogs have jobs, too — 10 Comments

  1. Good job, Buddy! I am especially interested in talking to your human partner. I am a retired CHW R.N. who wants to do what you and your partner do. I would really appreciate hearing from you! Thank you!

  2. I work for Children’s Medical Group and also have a therapy dog that works at a school weeklyn West Allis
    as part of their reading program. We all LOVE it! She also visits two nursing homes in the Milwaukee area.

  3. Like Diane, I am also interested in doing what you and your partner do. I would love to hear from you as well. Keep up the good work!

  4. Hi Mallorie,
    This is Val and I am happy to talk about our work. I emailed Diane directly so let me know what you prefer.
    Thanks,
    Val

  5. I’m third on you list! I’m also interested in doing what you and your human do. i work here at CHW I have 4 children, one of them is a furry one like you, her name is Gracie and she is very loving, tenderhearted like you, she is so full of energy sometimes that’s not a good thing, and that is why I need to know what I need to do to train her.
    keep up the great work you do.

  6. Hi Nancy, If you go to any of the therapy dog web sites such as Delta Society or Therapy Dog International they will have the testing requirements so you can find out what tasks your little girl would need to master in order to become a therapy dog. Please let me know if you have any other questions. This is such great work that I hope many more dogs (and owners) become involved. Good luck.

  7. I am so happy to hear that Buddy got to be a therapy dog at CSSW!! I am so proud of him (and his human too) for the work he does. I wish him all the luck in the world with doing his job!