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    One of my friends from school was badly injured in a car crash 2 years ago and recently his mum updated his fb (he is currently in a residential care home as he requires 24 hour care) and showed photos of a 'Pets as Therapy' dog and spoke of how much her son enjoyed it which got me thinking...

    I think Kimba has the perfect nature to be a Pets as Therapy dog. I looked into it as I was seriously considering it as we do have lots of free time & might as well use it to bring a bit of happiness to others and to do the course I found is $380! or $480 if you do it by Mail...

    Is that the only way for them to become one of these dogs? I had trouble finding anything based in Australia. Although we'd love to help out, $400 is way out of our budget..

    Does anyone have any info/links or anything really about this?

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    I work as a personal care worker in an aged care facility and i have been told that at one time they had a 'resident dog' which lived at the facility and would walk around visiting all the residents there. Sadly that dog passed away and they never got another. A lot of excess food gets wasted at the home,so it would be no trouble feeding a dog,but i dont believe they wish to waste time training another.

    A few of the residents have their own dogs which their families bring in for visits from time to time,and this is permitted and does the residents wonders,they love it,and i must admit so do most of the workers lol.

    They also have chooks,budgies and rabbits which some of the residents help to look after. I am unsure,but i believe that some workers have (although rarely) bought in their own pets in their own time to 'visit' as pet therapy as you say is good and also does so much good.

    I cant believe (though at the same time i do believe you) that its costs so much to do the course.

    Perhaps if you contact a nursing home with your situation and query if they would consider meeting Kimba and perhaps allowing her to visit under your supervision? I mean they can only say no right?

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    I can only comment from my own perspective...diagnosed with cancer..done chemo and just a week ago finished radiation.
    My pets, the 3 dogs, my cats and birds have been my salvation. I kept 2 of Pretty's oops litter and used them to visually watch my cancer shrink in relation to their growth.

    I know some nursing homes have pets that come in. My Mother (RIP) always commented that in the aged care facility that she worked in, how much of a difference that people who brought in pets have made to "the oldies".

    The nursing home had a resident cat too who used to make the rounds.

    If I end up in a hospice..worst case scenario..I would love pet visits.

    Why not contact any facilities near you, ask if you can possibly meet staff with your dog, see if they like him and agree you will do some good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    I cant believe (though at the same time i do believe you) that its costs so much to do the course.

    Perhaps if you contact a nursing home with your situation and query if they would consider meeting Kimba and perhaps allowing her to visit under your supervision? I mean they can only say no right?
    I'm not quite sure what the course covers but I don't have that type of money to spend like that..

    I might ask a few nursing homes in the area about it. Kimba is very good with people and so calm I can't see her being an issue if they wanted to try it out..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharoo View Post
    I'm not quite sure what the course covers but I don't have that type of money to spend like that..

    I might ask a few nursing homes in the area about it. Kimba is very good with people and so calm I can't see her being an issue if they wanted to try it out..
    Agree. They can only say no. Maybe even yes.

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    I imagine a course for something like that would cover at least a temperament test and perhaps some training? Do you get paid for it at all?

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    Sharoo.... that sounds like a lovely rewarding job for both Kimba & yourself. wishing you both all best at it

    I'm sure Miss Kimba will make a great "Pet As Therapy pooch" & will put a smile on many faces at nursing homes etc

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    I used to visit one that I spent some time at for work experience. My old Afghan used to cheer them all up so beautifully. Some of the elderly ladies would sit and stroke his silky ears for ages...

    We never did a course, I just spoke to the managemnt of the centre beforehand. I don't know whether you could still do it that way with the insurance-riddled way that society is now... But you could try.

    I think it's terrible that they charge people to do that! I couldn't afford it either! A good way to discourage people really.

    Kimba would be lovely! So big and gentle! She would certinaly put some smiles on faces!

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    I'm with Di and Natty Sharoo - ask the centre managemrent yourself. Even if I had the money (which I don't) tBH I don't think I'd spend it to do a course for something that is voluntary anyway. I understand the reasons behind the courses, but still...
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    I think it's a great idea. I hope you have some luck, be sure to let us know how it goes!

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