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Review for Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD), Solana Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We at Hospice of the North Coast and Pacifica House are so thankful that we were introduced to TCLAD earlier this year for the incredible opportunity to have a Facility Dog to offer as therapeutic intervention to not only our patients and families but to staff as well! We are very unique in that our facility is a home-like setting that provides critical care to the hospice patient. In a space where emotions run high and patient's are very sick, the ability to offer the tender, loving presence of a canine staff member is above and beyond any other intervention. The environment having a dog creates is so peaceful, light and joyful. Dogs are sensitive to people's needs and add that extra special touch of compassion and care that cannot be achieved any other way. Stevie has already made such an impact in the short time she has been here. Now that she is certified we are ready to put Stevie's skills to work purposefully for the effect of lessening end of life anxiety and agitation with our terminal patients as well as hoping for distraction therapy to help ease physical pain, and even reminiscing on pet experiences to ease psycho-social pain.
TCLAD has been an amazing partner training Stevie through the POOCH program and then transferring her skills and training methods to PH and to our staff who handles her on a regular basis. The impact Stevie will have will be exponential because of how many patients and families we see come through our doors- She will have an incredible working life with us providing love and companionship to our population.

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