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I’m a therapy dog | thepupdiary.com

19 Nov

There have been so many articles recently regarding service dogs and emotional support dogs. It seems many people are faking credentials and many others are not exactly sure about the difference between therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support dogs. Over the weekend, The New York Times posted an article on emotional support dogs on planes and over 600 people commented on the article — and some not so nicely!

I'm a therapy dog

I’m a therapy dog

I am a therapy dog. I provide therapy, support, and comfort to people who do not live with me. My mom takes me to facilities so that others can benefit from my unconditional love. I do not have any legally protected status. I have to pay to ride the airplane under my mom’s seat and I have to obey all other transportation rules that apply to dogs. The Good Dog Foundation has certified me as a therapy dog so I am able to visit their partner facilities. I have to be recertified by Good Dog every year in order to work for them. I also work for A Fair Shake for Youth.

I am not a service dog: A service dog serves its handler around the clock. The dog’s handler must have a disability diagnosed by a doctor, and the dog must be able to perform an identifiable task for the handler that allows the handler to more fully participate in society. Service dogs are legally protected to accompany the person they serve in many types of transportation and establishments under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

I am not an emotional support dog (although mom likes to say I give good therapy to her!): An emotional support animal assists its handler without any special training or identifiable task. The handler must have a documented disability with a prescription for an emotional support animal from a mental health or medical professional. Emotional support animals have very limited legal protection, such as on air transportation with medical documentation and in permanent housing cases in NYC.

The case of the missing terrier at A Fetching Affair | thepupdiary.com

1 Jun

We went to the very lovely “A Fetching Affair” benefit for The Good Dog Foundation last evening. We love the work they do in animal-assisted therapy, and we have been volunteering with them for the past three years. We visit nursing homes, after-school programs, support groups, and other facilities around New York City.

The event, held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers celebrated The Good Dog Foundation’s 15-year anniversary. Yay! Founder Rachel McPherson is a pioneer in animal-assisted therapy and a down-to-earth and kind person. We spent most of the evening at the Stella & Chewy’s doggy bar. Yum!! We love Stella & Chewy’s and their commitment to animal rescue and therapy pups! And kudos to event host, Maria Milito, Q104.3 On-Air Personality.

Stella & Chewy's Doggy Bar

Stella & Chewy’s Doggy Bar

While enjoying the sit-down dinner and program, all guests were invited to adopt the cute doggy table centerpieces. Of course, mom decided to adopt the terrier at our table. He was a cute Scottie chalkboard with a solid base and erect tail. The pawfect addition to our doggy figurine collection! As the party was winding down and we were getting ready to leave, a woman snuck up from behind, grabbed our terrier, and made a run for the door! She was trying to take our little Scottie!



We made our way to the exit and found the woman at the check-out desk with Scottie in tow. She decided she didn’t want the little pup when she found out she had to make a donation to The Good Dog Foundation to keep him. She left him at the front desk and walked out . . . We now have a cute terrier chalkboard in our apartment!

Best part of the evening: (Well besides the Stella & Chewy’s doggy bar!) Loved the speeches by the two honorees – The New York County District Attorney’s Office and Standing Tall. Relevant, touching, funny, and kind. Good Dog therapy dogs are making a difference!

If you are interested in becoming a therapy dog team, visit The Good Dog Foundation for information on upcoming classes and requirements.