Learn how pet therapy with a trained animal companion can benefit hospice patients physically and emotionally.
In this episode I share a “legacy interview” from the archives with Magnum – a trained facility dog – and his handler Carol Mestemacher about the benefits of pet therapy for hospice patients. Magnum recently “retired” from his volunteer position so I decided to honor his work by featuring this interview today. Thank you for your service Magnum and Carol!
Links to learn more about pet therapy:
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Links to events taking place now:
“A Year of Reading Dangerously” – online reading group about dying, death and the afterlife
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This episode features an interview with Magnum – Facility Dog and his handler Carol Mestemacher about the benefits of pet therapy for hospice patients.
You will learn:
- The physical and emotional changes that occur for patients with pet therapy
- The training required for an animal to be certified for pet therapy
- How maximum security prisoners are providing training for therapy animals
- What type of pet is well-suited to become a therapy animal
- How Magnum serves as an ambassador for hospice in his community
- How to start a pet therapy program in your area
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Until next week …