‘Train them to love people’
St. John ambulance therapy dogs on display
some people believe their dogs can understand them when they speak. st. John ambulance Therapy dogs volunteer debbie darbyson believes her dog can understand how people feel.
“everybody seems to have a different reaction,” darbyson says. “It all depends on what they need, what kind of day they’re having. The dogs seem to know how to react to each person.”
her friendly black labrador, Jewel, was at the Community Waterfront Park this weekend along with Princey and Mia, a collie-husky and Newfoundland respectively.
They were out raising awareness about the therapy dogs program.
“We’re here to promote our programs with the public and show them that these dogs are kind and quiet and you can pet them and socialize with them,” darbyson said.
she said their dogs often go to local nursing homes and schools, like Nipissing university and Canadore College, “pretty much anywhere we can supply comfort.”
The wide range of people at the tent playing at and cooing to the dogs seemed to show that most people can enjoy their de-stressing benefits.
Carol hunnisett, another volunteer, had just one thing to say.
“Treat your animals well and train them to love people.”
Black labrador Mia and her owner Debbie Darbyson were at the Community Waterfront Park Saturday as part of a St. John Ambulance therapy dog program display.