Beautiful, sweet, loving Bella. I want you for my Therapy Dog! How I enjoy our time together……Thank you.
Spent the afternoon with Bella yesterday. When I picked her up from Foster/Trainer mom Jen Guthrie house, they were coming down the street to meet me. Jen on her bike and Bella running right along side. The smile on my face didn’t leave until I dropped her back off!
I received a email last month from a reporter asking questions. As always I am excited to talk to anyone who wants to help spread the word. I didn’t know where she heard Stiggy’s Dogs, or what the article would really be about, as we sent a few emails back and forth. A week later I received a copy of this article in the mail. (See below)
First off I want to say that, Tara you are amazing! The commitment you (and your husband Aaron) have is incredible and is exactly whats needed to make this work. I understand the intrusion (and stress) 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and I want to Thank you both for just that.
Hershey has adjusted very well and day by day she is relaxing and coming out of her ‘shell’. She is working on basic commands and loose leash walking. Hershey has even been running nightly with Aaron! Tara has started the socialization process with Hershey (see below). Hershey will be living on Base, so we have started her slowly getting used to it. The scents (smell of sweat) the sounds (Men in formation, guns going off, planes landing) are different but Hershey seems to fit right in!
Tara is also a caregiver for Autistic children. This has given Hershey another unique socialization opportunity. She is doing well all these new environments, with other children, other dogs she lives with, and a older cat and a young kitten that drags around behind Hershey holding her tail!!!
I have had countless conversations explaining our organization. I am mostly greeted with positive responses, but some people are confused and skeptical about how a dog can help. I get emotional and frustrated on how to communicate properly the many benefits a Stiggy’s Dog.
Now, I don’t have to….This email leaves no room for explanation. Thank you Sgt. James Johnson for sharing.
"The experiences and lessons I learned from working at a Humane
Society, motivated my future. I have spent the past 4 years trying to
make a difference. Dogs listen, love us unconditionally, are loyal and
can be life saving. I am passionate about my goal of helping one dog at
a time, and now one soldier and family at a time. I am proud to honor
Ben and determined to carry on his legacy of helping others through
Stiggys Dogs." Jennifer PetreFounder - Stiggy's Dogs
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