Dogs in Service-Annie the Therapy Dog

Meet Annie! You may recognize this darling girl from the photos at our first reading of the book “Scout Says ‘Dogs Get Nervous Too'” for the Camp Bow Wow Bite Prevention Program (join us at our next reading at the Woods Branch on May 29th).

Many of us consider dogs members of the family but since they don’t punch a clock everyday and go to work, we rarely consider the many services that dogs can provide. Take Annie for example.

10 years ago, Annie was adopted from the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, at the time she was thought to be around 2 years old and had recently given birth, which made her recovery time from her spaying more difficult than most. Her Mom Lynn, kept Annie in her care at her home during recovery and her Golden Retriever Barney, never left Annie’s side. By the time she recovered she was already part of the family and Lynn decided to make it official.

As an experienced participant in pet therapy, Lynn recognized right away that Annie would be an ideal therapy dog. After two obedience classes Annie took part in the Canine Good Citizenship Program and passed all her tests with flying colors. Annie has been a “reading dog” at the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Library since the inception of the program. Annie also specializes in behavioral health units at Henry Ford Cottage Hospital and St. John Hospital. The behavioral health work puts Annie in a wide variety of environments, she handles them all like a professional and is especially fond of children.

When Lynn says, “Do you want to go to work?” Annie is at the door, ready to go with tail wagging. She loves the work almost as much as she loves the belly rubs and attention that go with it.

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