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First therapy visit!

Jackson had his first visit as a therapy dog tonight! We went to an assisted living facility, and it was so amazing to see their faces light up when they got to pet the dogs! Jack brings so much joy to my life, and it is going to be so great to share that joy with others. He is really sleepy tonight after the visit though!
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Congratulations! Tess and I never stay much longer than 1, 1 1/2 hour. She is really tired then. I always find it amazing, that my little jumper never, ever jumps in the hospital. And that must cost her quite some energy!
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We usually stay about an hour, maybe a bit longer - and Max, like Tess, never jumps on the residents, either. It amazes me how my Monster Boy turns into this gentle angel when we go in the nursing home.

I always think that being so good is what makes him tired!
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Yep Jige acts like the perfect gentleman around the elderly and the really young. I usually stay 1 1/2 to 2 hrs depending on if the residents are enjoying the visits. Yes Jige is very tired afterwards but then so am I.
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It is nice to be able to share a dog who loves people with those who are in need of attention and affection. Our visits have been limited to about an hour. I'd heard others say that the dogs are usually tired afterwards and sure enough Zoe usually takes a good solid nap when we get home.

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Congratulations on your first therapy visit with Jackson! Elliot always comes home tired from his 45 minute visits at the hospital. He is usually a big goofy boy, but he gets serious when he goes to work at the hospital.


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Congratulations to Jackson on being such a good boy. And to the rest of you and your dogs. You all are doing an amazing job. It is interesting that you all reported of dogs being tired after visits, I think it is related to their positive energy spreading around and they just need a good nap to recharge it back.

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This is wonderful! I am so happy to read all went well! Isn't is so rewarding?

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