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KPETS-KEYSTONE PET ENHANCED THERAPY SERVICES
April 15, 2011

While Chester, my golden retriever Pet Therapy dog, and I were walking down the hallway to our regular Pet Therapy appt. at Schreiber Pediatric Rehab, a speech therapist came out of her room and asked, "Excuse me, would you mind coming back to my room for a moment? I am working with a little girl, in all my time working with her I have never heard her speak a complete sentence, or be able to put words together. When you walked past my door she said, 'Can I pet the dog?'" Well, of course I immediately turned around and went into her room with Chester. The little 10 year old girl was all smiles and so excited to pet the dog! While petting him she said, "I have a dog at home!" The therapist amazed, quietly spoke to me, "Sentence #2!" She asked the girl about her dog at home. The girl reached into her backpack, pulled out a stuffed doggie, kissed Chester with her stuffed doggie, and said, "This is my doggie!" The therapist looked my way and mouthed the words, "Sentence #3..." My eyes filled with tears, so privilged to be apart of this miracle-moment.

What a difference Pet Therapy can make in the life of a child, an adult, whoever could benefit from the undconditional love and a tail wag of a furry friend.

These stories happen everyday. God moments for sure. And sometimes... when you least expect it, while you are on your way to someplace just walkin' and waggin' down the hallway, miracles can pop up and surprise you.

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Chester and I go to my appointments each week, I see the amazing difference Chester, my pet therapy dog, makes in the lives of those he works with ~ reading with children at schools, working in therapy with chidren and adults, visiting children at Domestic Violence safe houses, and sharing love with adults and children with special needs. Those we visit are blessed ~ I am blessed beyond words as well. What a joy to see the difference we can make in someone elses life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

KPETS is a non profit, with over 300 volunteers visiting homes and facilities everyday of the year ~ to encourage, love, bring hope, and healing to countless lives and hearts. We give of our time for free, but it does not come without cost to KPETS. It takes $$ to run this amazing organization effeciently & caringly. A CHANGE I would love to see happen ~ full funding for KPETS, so we all could be investing our time in Pet Therapy hours, rather than countless hours of fundraising to pay the bills.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a volunteer with KPETS. Chester, my Golden Retriever, and I, are a Registered Pet Therapy Team, visiting hospitals, schools, Domestic Violence Shelters, and Rehabilitation Facilitlies. We work with children and adults, helping to bring healing, hope.