Thor — Therapy

Location: Ludlow Falls, Ohio

Thor is a big, beautiful German Shepherd Dog I rescued from an Indiana dog rescue group. Not knowing how a beautiful dog like Thor could end up in a rescue, I took one look into his large, dark eyes and saw the most loving dog begging for a forever home. I knew the minute I met him he was meant to be mine and left with him that day.

It wasn’t long until I knew Thor was destined to be more than just a member of our family. He is so loving and easy going I wanted to share his giving nature with others. Thor and I became certified as an AAT qualified handler/ pet team and after graduation we couldn’t wait to start sharing the love with others.

Thor has visited many different places showing people his quiet, calming demeanor including elementary and high schools, churches, and radio stations. He even had his own local TV show promoting adoption of shelter dogs.

Thor and I routinely visit a senior citizens home focusing on the memory care and Alzheimer units. During one visit we approached a patient not interacting with anyone. Thor walked up to her, sat down next to her…leaning on her legs and put his head in her lap. Although the woman did not pet or look at Thor, she did smile…just a little. The nurse told me that the woman had not shown any emotion or movement at all that day and praised Thor for his interaction.

As a team we also make regular visits to the Dayton Veteran’s Administration Hospital making rounds to patients that have served our country in man

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