Jesse one of our Mental Health Clinician’s recently snapped a couple pictures of Walter our therapy dog hard at work. Walter snuggled with this youth a couple years ago when she was drug addicted and homeless. Walter is now snuggling with a sober, employed woman living in her own accommodation, who has been in a healthy, positive relationship for over a year.
Congratulations to the young lady for working hard to change her life around and thanks to Walter and Jesse for walking with her on her journey.
Walter, our therapy dog, is still hard at work here at Covenant House Vancouver. Each day he assists Jesse, our Mental Health Clinician as he meets with our young people. Besides the general soothing effect a dog can have on someone who is stressed, therapy dogs provide a welcome distraction for people whose therapy session may be getting intense or uncomfortable.
World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Since then, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them.
Walter our therapy dog hurt his tooth chewing on a toy. He went for a trip to the dentist and had an x-ray; everything looks fine and he is set to make a full recovery. He was such a good boy that he even got to pick a treat at the end.
Feel better Walter!
Walter our Therapy Dog recently celebrated his 4th birthday. Hope this cute picture of him licking his lips over his birthday treat brings you some joy this Friday!
Walter, Covenant House Vancouver’s resident therapy dog, recently had to undergo surgery for a herniated disc. The surgery was pretty rough but Walter recovered nicely and is doing well. He is back at work helping our youth during counselling sessions and making all of our days brighter.
Here are some Walter pictures to brighten up your day. The first one is right after surgery so he looks a little under the weather.
Walter Waiting to start his day
Walter looking serious
Walter doing what he does best - giving and receiving love
Below is an amazing video about a 19 year old therapy dog named Baxter that works at a hospice providing love and companionship to those with only a little time left. This video shows the joy and peace that sometimes only the unconditional love of an animal can bring to people.
It really reminded us of Walter our therapy dog at CHV and the positive effects he has on our young people. Besides the general soothing effect a dog can have on someone who is stressed, therapy dogs provide a welcome distraction for people whose therapy session may be getting intense or uncomfortable. Walter also provides hugs and kisses something many of our youth have gone without their whole lives.
Our thanks to Walter, Baxter and all the therapy dogs out there providing love and support!