HAPPY DOGGY NEWS recently featured the incredibly stunning COCO, a remarkable cadaver doggy. We were eager to continue following her journey and were overjoyed to discover that this amazing girl has now embarked on a new role as a therapy dog, spreading love and joy to those in need. COCO’s dad kindly shared the following with us……
If you haven’t already read COCO’S first story with us, you can catch up here…..
Hi I am Andrew Moses we rescued Coco 3years ago since then she has trained and licensed as a cadaver dog. But about 4 months ago I looked in to therapy work with her and found a local group Essex Therapy Dogs. I filled out the forms on line and was invited to join them on one of there dog walks In Chelmsford. I arrived and meet Tina and Lorraine we had a nice walk with some of the other members that live in the area. It was Tina that had the idea of the group and has worked hard to build up the team there are around 170 dogs that cover the whole of Essex. Tina after the walk assessed Coco for her temperament how she is with people, distractions, children, and few other things and was happy when Tina said that Coco would be fine for a therapy dog. Some of the things that a therapy dog can do is lower people’s blood pressure, emotional support, in schools it can help to reduce stress and anxiety in students.
Coco and I visit 2 residential care homes it is fantastic to see the smile the peoples faces as they have had to leave there pets when they become to ill to look after them. There are also people with dementia are sometimes it brings back some of there memories of when they used to have pets coco loves all the attention and now after a few visits she remembers who to go to and who not to. Coco is a big dog but within the group we have all sizes some that can be lapdogs but with coco being large the people don’t need to bend down to pat or stroke her. The other week we visited a local library for a teddy bears picnic it was lovely to see the children interact with her some were a bit slow at coming forward due to her size but after a while they would slowly move towards her and in the end stroke her. Therapy dogs are good for people or children with mental or physical problems. Children with adhd connect well with animals. One of the care homes I visited the other day one of the carers said to me at the end that one of the ladies had not interacted for 2yrs but today while stroking Coco she was talking and interacting with us that is why I do it. When I got back to the car I just sat there with a lump in my throat.
You truly are an angel cloaked in a furry coat. From the very beginning when we first shared your story, we were deeply impressed by your extraordinary nature, and you continue to touch our hearts as a beautiful soul dedicated to humans. Your incredible work leaves us in awe, and we would be absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to follow your journey on a regular basis.
On behalf of Happy Doggy News, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Andrew, Coco’s human dad, for allowing us to share Coco’s latest work. We are filled with deep appreciation for the opportunity to have met you and to introduce your incredible girl to our readers. Please be assured that we will stay in touch and provide regular updates on Coco’s journey. The love and adoration for Coco that you and our readers have expressed have touched us deeply. We share in your affection for Coco and are grateful to have witnessed her remarkable presence.
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