6th March 2020
I am thinking a lot today about the possibility of introducing a dog to the practice. It appears I may have found an ideal litter of puppies to choose the ideal pup from. Mum has been working with her human owner to calm her anxieties, she is attentive and relaxed.
It’s an enormous thing to be considering, like having a child, the commitment is life long. The training is intense and takes two years before the pup can be considered for examination for its public license.
I know that some people don’t like dogs and I wonder how I would manage their needs. I wonder about hygiene too. Then I remember what I have witnessed when a dog has been in a therapy session, their instinct to support a person in distress and their calmness in the moment.
Listening to the news about the floods and the spread of a virus, I think we are going to need all the support we can get in the future and if a therapist and her dog only enhance the therapeutic relationship then I am all in.
After all, my Masters dissertation is about therapy with a horse so I have a life long understanding of how much animals can support a person with their mental health.
I was lucky enough to hold an owl that was unable to be released back into the wild and instead of euthanising her, she was given the opportunity to support patients in a care home, she would be found on the ends of the beds of patients who were close to death.
The Sprocker, I see, is said to have a heart of gold, shows loyalty and compassion. They are also adaptable and active. That sounds as though they will fit right in with my lifestyle and work ethic.
To go for it or not will take time to decide. I have until the end of May when the puppy will be ready to be homed.