When I volunteered to photograph therapy dogs, I didn’t know how difficult and stressful an undertaking it was. Not every dog (or owner, for that matter) has the patience and personality for this line of work.
Fortunately, Fozzie and Lassie have what it takes to be great therapy dogs, (as do their loving owners).
Registered with HEART Pet Programs, which is a local organization of volunteers, these therapy dog teams go into libraries, nursing homes, schools, etc, to improve the lives of those in need.
Studies have shown that people who interact with dogs lower their blood pressure, feel less depressed and increase their socialization and conversation.
These images, taken at a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients show just how rewarding pet therapy can be!