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Looking for therapy dog for grieving

Hello everyone. I have what I feel is a strange request. I lost my beloved Callie in mid July and still having a hard time with the incredible heartache. Her loss was unexpected and sudden and I so long to have another golden but don't think I am quite ready. But I feel a need to be around goldens and unfortunately I don't know anyone who has one. I am a psychotherapist and a colleague suggested I seek out a golden retriever therapy dog to help me in my mourning of my baby. Does such a dog exist? I don't know any therapy dogs for this purpose who use golden retrievers. I am in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois. If anyone here knows of anyone, I would love the info. Thanks.
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Have you thought about fostering? Lots of really great goldens that could use your help... There are so many really great dogs in rescue and many because of no fault of their own. Owners die too... and the two of you could help each other through the grieving process. This will give you a chance to get involved in something very special, help another soul that is hurting and when you both are feeling better, who knows. I'm sorry for your loss but kudos for taking the 1st step in healing.
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You could try contacting the closest Golden Retriever Club or a rescue to see if there are any events where you could volunteer to help. I volunteered at a therapy dog group's assessment event just to see some Goldens before I got Rukie.
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There are plenty of golden retriever therapy dogs out there. Contact your local breed club.

My dog is not therapy certified yet but the a friend of mine had a special request a few weeks ago. A dying woman wanted to see "a bunch" of goldens playing together in her backyard. We were able to surprise her with 8 goldens visiting, we could not have them all together because none of them were neutered, but they all visited and took turns with her, getting up on her bed and giving her loving. She did at one point have three females on the bed with her. She had about five relatives with her too - and I think they enjoyed the visit just as much as she did. I just found out she passed away a few days ago. Sharing my dogs was so rewarding.

I have a friend that was in the same place as you, he was not ready to bring another dog home but was heartbroken. He ended up volunteering at the local shelter, taking the dogs on walks and hikes etc until about a year later a dog found him.

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Thank you for the ideas. I actually did sign up to be a dog walking volunteer at a rescue in my area. I'm actually fostering a maltipoo now that I got attached to but she is going to be adopted by my coworker tomorrow. I don't think I could foster a golden bc I would be heartbroken to let it go when a forever family would adopt. I thought about maybe helping though with adoption events with a golden rescue in my area. I wish I had some goldens in my neighborhood that I could visit but no such luck. Thanks everyone.
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