"Tail Wagging Therapist"
Volunteer and Ambassador
Elle is an amazing companion and I am thankful everyday for this little angel in my life!
understood to be calm around the elderly and children. The day we meet
Junior changed our lives forever. We saw him most mornings while out on
our walks and normally just waved in passing, but we decided to stop and
chat that day and I noticed Elle just sitting there. Not jumping, just
sitting and very politely I might add, just waiting, I was shocked! I knew at that moment she
was meant for therapy work and I wanted to unlock her potential.
We started taking obedience classes, and Elle was able to make friends
with lots of other dogs and people. It was a great way for her to meet
new friends under a controlled enviroment. We trained for about 4 weeks
and then took the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and passed. Then it was
on to the Therapy Dog test, which we passed and we were recorded as a
Pet Therapy Team three months later.
We started working right away volunteering. I wanted Elle to help others
in the community and be a an ambassador. We routinely visit
residents at a retirement community and she has a few favorites that
really enjoy seeing her. We also visit kids at the Boys and Girls Club,
sometimes they read and other times they learn about how to be safe
I created a Therapy Dog Reading Program at the library called "Tail
Wagging Tales." The children love reading and Elle loves listening to a
good story. Occasionally, we are invited to participate in public events
and I am happy to be a part of educating and providing awareness, and
this gives Elle a chance to shine.
The local paper did a write up Pit bull visit to lift police spirits
. The Police Department had recently made an arrest in a gruesome
dogfighting case and the Captain thought I could help erase the negative
images in the officers' minds.They got a chance to interact with me - a
friendly, healthy, happy pit bull - and I got to meet and play with the
A local news editor really took a liking to Elle and wanted to write
about her journey and share a positive pit bull story with the
community. He documented a continuing series showing the progress of helping Dylan, a 6-year old, overcome his fear of dogs.
Dylan has been reading to Elle since he was 5 years old. His mom signed
him up for the reading program at the library to help him overcome his
fear. At first Dylan did not want to be close to her, but after months
of developing a friendship, a great thing happened: Dylan overcame his
fear and took Elle for a walk!
We were invited to visit Vaughan Elementary School to talk to the
children about therapy dogs and dog safety education. The children loved
the visit so much they decided to make it a regular visitation inviting us twice a month for reading sessions.
I wanted to network with other passionate pet owners in the community and so Mutt Struts
just crossed into my path. We walk on Sundays to help connect other
responsible pet owners and get our pets out and socialized. I am hoping
to have interest in the CGC and more potential therapy dogs. I would
eventually like to have a therapy dog team one day.
After volunteering for awhile, I find that people are always amazed
that Elle is so well behaved and they are shocked to know that a pit
bull is a Therapy Dog. Seeing is believing! Meeting her makes people understand
that she just wants to be friends,
Thanks to all the people who believed in us and helped along the way!
Elle is on Facebook
so stop and say hello.