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!

Rock wading in the bayToday, Rock and I first visited one of our elderly friends in her home.  We know visits with Rock are comforting to her, even when she isn’t able to tell us. After visiting her, he took a dip and then a nap in “his” chair. Later in the day, Rock and I visited another of our elderly friends, who loves to have Rock visit. She has his favorite cookies at the ready (and always checks to make sure it’s OK to give him one). We know she misses her dogs and looks forward to visits from Rock and Mozey. What a great day we had today!

Mozey is on a brief medical break from pet therapy. She is fine, but she is taking a topical medication, and we want to make sure it doesn’t get on anyone during a visit. So, she’s on vacation for a couple weeks until she finishes her medication.


Memorial Day 2017: It was a rainy, cold day today here on the island, so Rock made a home visit to one of our community members who is in her 90s. He visits with this individual about once a week or so, as she doesn’t get out and about any more. She is an animal lover and always seems to like having Rock visit. (Mozey also visits, but it was Rock’s turn today.) Sometimes, she asks questions and other times, she likes to look at Rock, who then stands in her sight line so she can see him. We both enjoyed spending time with her and look forward to visiting again soon.

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!).

Mozey was invited to the pet therapy class last evening. She had a great time and loved all the attention! Thank you for inviting us! Rock took a nap with one of his friends– a good rainy day activity!


We take a ferry if our pet therapy work is on the mainland. Mozey is checking out the water before she boards.

Mozey on the dock


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.

Mozey visited the students at Providence College for Tuesday Timeout. She hung out with the students and enjoyed getting a lot of attention. Thank you, Emma, for inviting us to participate. We had a great time!