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Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs go with their owner/handlers to visit shut-ins, insitututions (hospitals, residential facilities, etc.) on a monthly, weekly, and even daily schedule.

This "TD" model was recently adopted in China, where a program has started called "Doctor Dogs"; one of the first three dogs to be selected was a Standard Poodle, named Chin Chin (CTV, 4 January 1999, 11:00 with Lloyd Robertson).

See also:

  • Pets Magazine, March/April 1993, p. 14, "The Life of Riley", by Effie Huppe, an article about a white Poodle, Riley, full-work-week therapy dog for the Auxiliary Hospital in Claresholm, Alberta; and
  • Betty White (with Thomas J. Watson), Pet Love: How Pets Take Care of Us (New York: William Morrow and Co., 1983), 284 pp. "Much of it involves her sweet black Mini, Timothy, who ... helped her cope with her husband's long illness and death. She also discusses her lifelong love for animals of all varieties, famous friends who love animals and are involved in welfare activities of various types, and pet therapy programs of the time. Lots of wonderful photos." GA, 18 May '98. (Betty White played in the Mary Tyler Moore Show during the 1970s, and Golden Girls during the 1980s.)

    Some Poodles are delighted to perform two service-dogs roles at once: the editor knows a Poodle HED, Tudorose "Bubbles", who for many years regularly accompanied her owner to visit a hospital's chronic-care area.

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