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!