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We are proudly celebrating 22 years of volunteer service in 2015
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Our Mission Statement:
Paws For Friendship Incorporated is a non-profit Organization of Volunteers sharing the unconditional love of their personal pets with people in need throughout the world.
Love is ageless.....................................visit a nursing home...................
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Paws member Donates Bullet Proof Vest in Memory of his beloved Katie
This is our incredible Member Dennie Sides of South Carolina. He generously donated a bullet proof vest to the Sheriffs Dept/Sumter CO S.C. in Paws For Friendship Inc's name and in loving memory of his beloved black Labrador Katie. Halo wears it proudly and we thank the entire Sheriff Department for all their hard work and dedication to keeping us all safe. Dennie and Cathy have been outstanding Members since 2004! Thank you Dennie for your most generous gift.
Halo sporting his new vest
Cpl Prescott and Halo
Dennie Sides & Cpl Prescott
Greetings, our VP and her husband, Coco's Parents, sold homemade doggy
cookies, Rusty's Mom in FL makes them, at their Church today, Church of the Holy Spirit in Bellevue, NE!!! Completely SOLD OUT!!! Thanks Coco's
Hope you don't get this FLU -
It looks BRUTAL
Subject: If ever you thought it is too much trouble to own, maintain and involve your pet as a therapy dog . . . . .
There is always a football game, unfinished TV movie, yard work, family picnic or some other legitimate reason to consider, "do I really feel like going to my weekly PAWS obligation today?" If we were all completely honest, we probably would admit that we ask the same question even without a legitimate reason from time to time!
And then, on those rare occasions, the reason why we do this is made apparent.
On Sunday January 11th the usual Emeritus Carrollwood crowd congregated for the much loved parade of the dogs throughout the facility. It is clear that EVERYBODY loves the dogs but still, we question . . . .
The smiles come upon everybody's faces (staff included) but still, we question . . . .
Even some of the curmudgeons smile at the dogs until they are noticed and have to wipe the grin off their faces, but still, we question . . . .
After about 30 minutes of the usual activity, a very sweet lady named Joan pointed her finger at me from across the room and signaled that I should come to her. This was unusual because although a very nice lady, she is not one of the "dog lover's" per se. Sooooooo, Casey and I meandered over toward her.
I asked her if she would like to pet Casey (couldn't offer her a doggie kiss, greyhounds don't go in for that sort of thing) and she quickly said "no". Well, I was a bit perplexed and just chatted with her awkwardly for a bit and resisted the urge to ask what in the world she wanted if not the dog, heaven knows it couldn't be that she is that interested in speaking to me LOL!
Finally she said that she thinks it is great that the dogs come every Sunday. "It means a lot to the residents" she said further. Well, this is very gratifying but not exactly a revelation. And then she said, "Do you see the lady across the room who always sits in that corner chair? She waits for the dogs there, every Sunday."
She was referring to Adlepha (sp?) who we affectionately refer to as "the dog whisperer". She indeed loves the dogs and buries her face in theirs and talks to them, all of them.
Joan went on further and said that today Adelpha, a woman who must be close to 90 and whom she has observed every Sunday for scores of Sundays, "today glowed" when she hugged the dogs. Joan is a very intelligent, conversant and cogent woman, (speaking with me while holding a half-read book in her lap). She is not medicated and has full possession of her faculties.
She was careful to make sure that I did not confuse her intended literal "glowed" with a less meaningful figurative "glowed". She said that she glowed and her face became young and beautiful. She was alert and you could very clearly see that her eyes were wide open, brilliant and bright.
Adelpha is blind.
I will leave it to you to figure out. Did the dogs have such a profound effect on Adelpha that it transformed her presence for a moment to a more youthful time or was a sense of joy at the dogs' therapy work imparted to Joan and she was experiencing a lift to her own soul? Maybe both? Does it really matter?
**This article is courtesy of Casey's Dad - Alex. They frequently visit the Emeritus facility in Tampa, FL.
**Thank you for this heartfelt and enlightening article..