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Interesting article. The golden retriever at our local cancer center is a dog meant to be a therapy dog. He knows his way around, where to find the people, and has a smile on his face the entire time. He was unable to go for a few weeks because he had surgery and his owner said he was so depressed. I developed such a close bond with him while I waited for my mom at her radiation appointments, which happened during the time period we had to put our golden retriever down due to cancer.

Eventually we will test our almost 6 month old golden for her CGC and then work toward seeing what therapy work she’d be suited to do. She’s very in tune with people’s feelings, which is interesting to me. I’m amazed by her interaction with people because she can tell those who want to be near her/those who want her to stay away. Her trainer feels she’s ready to test soon but I think she’s a bit young. 🏼 I have a feeling kids reading to her will be a thing too; however, not sure our school districts allow locally.
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I've been blessed with two therapy dogs. My oldest, Gunner is 10 and has been basically been doing it all his life. I started taking him to the nursing home my mom was in as soon as he had all his shots. He loved the people and all the attention. I knew by watching him that he would be great. He was registered at 2. He had cancer last year and got depressed while he was going through his chemo. His doctor asked me if I could take him just to see the nurses to see if it helped. We didn't visit any children but he was so happy to see his friends he snapped out of his depression. My Honey, age 7 is also a natural. She was only registered this year. I had to work out some issues she had before I got her. She loves to be touched so she will sit down next to someone and lean into them for some pets and loving. We sometimes have a hard time leaving because I can see we are helping so many children and their parents.

GUNNER 08-30-08 ATD, CGC (MyCascadeGoldens) Michigan
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