When we interviewed I told them it might be challenging for me from an emotional perspective and it was. Two times that day I was challenged to maintain composure.
Sometime ago, Aspen, our Yellow Labrador, and I started the journey to do animal therapy. She seemed predisposed to this type of work due to her gentle soul and disposition. She is a happy, docile retriever who acts indifferently in the presence of other dogs, but her tail never stops when around people. So, Maddie, my youngest daughter, and I did all the appropriate training, took the classes, tested, applied for and were approved to take Aspen into nursing homes, hospitals, schools, etc. Due to Aspen’s acumen in the outdoors, I knew she was highly trainable and she again proved her intelligence by passing each drill on the first attempt.