How Therapy Dogs Help People and the Story of Therapy Dog Icy

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  1. Cathy Armato says:

    Icy and I thank you so much for sharing our story, Rachele! We love our therapy dog work and are happy to share the joy of that work with others.

  2. Such an important job being a therapy dog. Icy is also a very beautiful girl! Thank you for sharing her story!

  3. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you Cathy, for your kind words about Icy – I think she’s a beautiful girl too! Therapy dogs can do so much for people and we are happy to have the opportunity to help.

  4. Great guest post! I too do therapy work with my Chesapeakes and the joy it brings the children brings me so much joy.

  5. Cathy Armato says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed our post, Sand Spring Chesapeakes! It’s so nice to connect with another therapy dog team. I love working with the kids – it really is a joyful experience. I will visit your site to read about the therapy work you do as well! Thanks!

  6. Thanks, Sand Spring Chesapeakes! That’s great that you do therapy dog work with your dogs, too.

  7. Shirley Schowe says:

    What a wonderful story!! It brings back memories of the ten years that Sandy my Golden and Shadow my Sheltie and I were therapy dog teams and we visited many people. I know everyone enjoyed your visits, and isn’t it a grand feeling when you have completed a visit? My heart was always full of joy. Best wishes to you as you continue on your visits! Hugs.

  8. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you for your kind comments, Shirley. I’m so glad you enjoyed our story. Wow, ten years as a therapy dog team is quite an accomplishment! I know it must have been such rewarding work! It really is a great feeling after each and every visit. I look forward to reading your story on this site about the work that you and your therapy dog Sandy have done as well.

  9. Thanks, Shirley! And thank you for sharing your story on my blog about your therapy dog work with Sandy. For anyone that would like to read the story of therapy dog Sandy on my blog, it is entitled “True Tales: One Golden Moment In The Life Of A Therapy Dog Named Sandy.” Here is the link:

    http://rachelebaker.com/true-tales-one-golden-moment-in-the-life-of-a-therapy-dog-named-sandy/

  10. Elaine says:

    It’s nice to learn more about how Cathy and Icy are changing children’s lives. I think the reading programs are fantastic and I’m amazed at the different ways youngsters can be reached through the program. Great job Cathy and Icy!

  11. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Elaine – we appreciate that! The reading programs really are terrific and so helpful to the children. Seeing them improve week over week is the greatest reward!

  12. I think this dog therapy is the best. After a lot of training and socialization, we took the Pet Partners’ Therapy Dog evaluation test and became an official therapy dog team. I cannot think of a more rewarding, fun way to help people and give back to the community.

  13. Val Silver says:

    What a wonderful article. As a reading teacher, I love the idea of children reading to dogs. They are emotionally safe, present, and don’t criticize every little mistake (or any mistakes for that matter!)

  14. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you Val! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I didn’t know you were a reading teacher! So you know firsthand how a child reading to a dog can feel safe in a totally nonjudgmental environment.

  15. I love the idea of visiting students before exams on a college campus. I was one of those students, missing those pets from across the state.

  16. Cathy Armato says:

    Thanks for your comments, Jessica. So many of the students really miss their dogs at home in other states and Icy was able to give them their “puppy fix!”

  17. thedogvine says:

    That’s a great story Rachele and Cathy. Fantastic work you and Icy are doing! Wish we had more of these programs here in the UK.

  18. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you, thedogvine, for your comments! Perhaps there is an opportunity for you to help start a “Reading To Dogs” program in your area of the U.K. All it takes is one library, school, or even a homeless shelter to get on board and others will follow. It’s so beneficial to a community!

  19. vickisgreen says:

    Therapy dogs improve the lives of so many. Thank you Catherine and Icy for volunteering for this program.

  20. Cathy Armato says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words, vickisgreen! We love being a part of this program.

  21. What a heart-warming story. Therapy dogs provide so many services in so many different ways. Thanks for sharing your experiences. It’s motivating – my two aren’t suited for it, but maybe our next dog…

  22. Cathy Armato says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the post SlimDoggy! If you do ever get a dog suited for therapy work, I hope you will embrace that opportunity. I know you would be a great therapy dog handler!

  23. Therapy dogs are awesome. They can do so much good wherever they go. Good for both of you!

    –Wags (and purrs)

  24. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you Susan. I really appreciate the kind words!

  25. It is stories like these that drew me in and convinced me to start therapy training with Harley. Cannot wait to do the same with Jax once he’s older. We love visiting people – they bring such joy to so many. Thanks for sharing Cathy’s story with us today.

  26. I’m glad you enjoyed Cathy’s story, Groovy Goldendoodles. And that’s great that you are doing therapy dog work with Harley!

  27. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you for your comments Groovy Goldendoodles. I feel the same way! I had read so many wonderful stories about how therapy dogs were helping people and I wanted to be a part of that.

  28. Hi Cathy! I am so glad Icy is able to bring comfort to so many people.

  29. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you so much for those kind comments, Kari.

  30. raisingdaisy says:

    What a wonderful thing for Cathy to do – just think how different our world would be if more people were like her! Therapy dogs are incredible and the work they do is so important.

  31. I totally agree, raisingdaisy.

  32. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you, raisingdaisy. That is so sweet of you to say! I agree that therapy dogs are incredible and that they do important work. It makes a difference to so many people. It’s a beautiful thing.

  33. What an amazing dog Icy is.

  34. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you, Talent Hounds! We think Icy is a pretty amazing dog too!

  35. MyDogLikes says:

    Love Cathy and Icy! Therapy dogs do such amazing work! Thank you for sharing!

  36. Cathy Armato says:

    Thank you, MyDogLikes! We love you, too! Yours is one of our favorite blogs. Therapy dogs really are amazing. I love to see Icy in action with people – especially children. She’s so loving to everyone!

  37. Very interesting post on therapy work. Our dog Thunder was certified as a therapy dog when he was younger, but at that time there weren’t many programs around here. Then, of course, we went in a different direction with spending our free time field training. So I guess that was an opportunity missed. Thanks for joining the Barks and Bytes Hop.

  38. Thanks, 2 Brown Dawgs!

  39. Beth says:

    How wonderful! I love it that Icy is helping so many different age levels!