A student visiting with BigBob at Bristol Coummity College Attleboro campusBigBob visited with students at the Attleboro campus of Bristol Community College on December 12 for a destress break right before final exams. Thank you, Laura, for inviting us to participate in the pet therapy visits!

BigBob sitting with students in PDV 110 Pet Assisted Therapy I at PCBigBob made his debut as a credentialed therapy cat at Providence College yesterday. He visited with students who are enrolled in the Pet Assisted Therapy certificate program. Thank you, Cynthia, for inviting us!

It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you our sweet Mozey passed away on July 5. She was accompanied on the ride to our vets’ office by Darcy and Sadie and was surrounded by so many who loved her when she went to the Rainbow Bridge. We miss her so much but recently saw a double rainbow, so I think she is home.

Bob on the couchToday was a big day for BigBob! He had his temperament test to see if he is ready to formally start training for pet therapy work. He decided resting on the couch in the lobby was a good thing. He did well, and he got to visit with two residents in their rooms. Each resident explained where he wanted Bob to sit on his bed, we put down Bob’s blanket, and he curled up with each of his new friends.

Bob passed his temperament test! We’re very excited to begin work on the specific skills he needs to practice. Thank you Cynthia, Lin, and Lydia!

BigBob at HalloweenWe would like to introduce BigBob, a 10-year old cat who has been part of our family since August 2017. He was quite overweight and diabetic when he came home. Right now, his diabetes is under control with diet (and some weight loss), but we still do weekly blood testing. (It is just like blood testing for humans!)

Right now, he is in pre-training as a therapy pet and is practicing meeting people in different environments, walking with his harness, and more. (This week, he visited the ticket office at the ferry.) We hope to schedule BigBob’s temperament testing early this summer, and then we’ll begin formal training to become a therapy pet.

We are excited to watch BigBob’s progress toward joining Blue Heron as a Therapy Pet!

Mozey is retiring from her work providing pet therapy at the end of March. She plans to sunbathe and just enjoy resting. She’s having a few medical issues (including spinal arthritis) that are making it hard for her to work a lot.

Mozey visited a new nursing home today! She met almost all of the residents, including visiting with people during the exercise group, and visiting with people in their rooms and in common areas.  We look forward to going back!

Mozey at PC October 2018Mozey was invited to be a “guest speaker” in the first course of the Pet Assisted Therapy certificate program at Providence College . We talked about our home visits, the equipment (harness and leash) she uses, and more. Mozey also showed how she meets people when invited (“meet” cue) and how she uses her mat.

Thank you, Cynthia, for inviting us to participate in class!

It has been awhile since we posted updates about our Pet Assisted Therapy. We experienced two unexpected tragedies this fall. In late October, Rock, our beloved Treeing Walker Coonhound, died from unexpected complications three days after emergency surgery for bloat. Then, in early December, our sweet Ronnie died from cancer that had spread to his lungs.  We miss them both so much.

Rock on his adoption day

Rock on his adoption day

Ronnie wearing his St. Patrick's Day hat

Ronnie with his St. Patrick’s Day hat

Blue Heron Pet Assisted Therapy was a proud to be one of this year’s  sponsors of the annual sustainable fishing Sustainable Fishing Contestcontest at the T-Wharf on Prudence Island. Rock had planned to attend, but it was way too hot for him, so he didn’t get to go. Kids of all ages participated. Thank you to Cheryl for inviting us!