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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!

Ronnie the One-Eyed Pirate DogWe would like to introduce our brother Ronnie! He is celebrating his third adoption anniversary this weekend. He’s not a therapy dog because he is very scared of some people and he doesn’t trust them. He has been through a lot, and we love him for who he is. He is a super-good boy and is the best at obedience skills!  He is also getting very good at retrieving! Because he only has one eye, it’s sometimes hard for him to judge distances, but that doesn’t stop him from playing the tag game or running zoomies (or dressing up as a pirate for Halloween!).

Rock and Mozey have very different preferences about ways to interact with people and different strengths they bring to our Pet Assisted Therapy visits.

Rock is an inquisitive dog who likes to move. He loves to visit several different people for shorter visits. He’ll walk around the college campus and meet with people “on the go” rather than waiting for people to come see him. Rock also loves to do shorter visits with individuals who live in nursing homes. This works well for people who tire easily or who don’t want a long visit. Because Rock likes to see many different people, he often gets tired after 45 minutes of pet therapy work.

Mozey is very content staying with one person for a long period of time. She is happy to sit or stand with the person or lie quietly on the floor next to the person’s bed or chair. She’ll also sit and wait for people to come see her; she doesn’t need to move to people. Mozey has participated in drop-in type events at the college, and she has visited with individuals in nursing homes and private homes. Mozey has also provided Pet Assisted Therapy during calling hours at a funeral home.

The type of interaction that is anticipated during Pet Assisted Therapy will most often determine whether Rock or Mozey is the participating pet on the team. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Welcome to Blue Heron Pet Assisted Therapy! Our team members include Rock, a Treeing Walker Coonhound; Mozey, a mixed breed dog who looks like a short Irish wolfhound; and Kate, the team facilitator. We are credentialed through Windwalker Humane Coalition for Professional Pet Assisted Therapy. Currently, we visit nursing homes, colleges, and individuals in their homes in the Providence and East Bay areas of RI.