Update on Amanda and Lola

 

Thanks to our talented videographer Thalia Cintron who captured this powerful and poignant story. Healing Companions is proud to say we have many of these stories. Psychiatric Service dogs can be life savers and the ability to save them from shelters is an additional blessing.

 

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CoinUp Donor Match

 

#stepup&coinupAt this time in our journey through the stress, anxiety, social isolation, loss, grief and the multitude other ways this pandemic is impacting us your support is even more essential. We need your generosity more than ever to continue the work we do saving the lives of shelter dogs that transform the lives of those struggling with mental illness. You can make a huge difference in the lives of so many at this time. If you need our services please continue to reach out to us.  We are here for you. Sending everyone our healing thoughts, energy and gratitude.

We hope you and your family are healthy and safe. Without a doubt, this is a challenging time for all of us, which means the need for your generous support has never been greater.

There’s a simple way everyone can step up and give at any level without adding one more task to your To-Do list. Round up and donate your “digital” spare change with Coin Up App when you use your debit or credit card for everyday purchases. For every new donor until May 31st, Coin Up will donate Continue Reading →

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Penny in Action

We wanted to share this brief video of one of Penny & Lorie’s training sessions. I hope it helps those interested in our program see how we train some of the tasks that mitigate the effects of Lorie’s symptoms. Lorie is training Penny to retrieve her meds that are in a bag in a drawer and deliver them to her so she doesn’t forget to take her meds. She is learning to open drawers with the interactive dog toy: Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Casino Advanced Puzzle Toy – Stimulating Interactive Dog Game for Dispensing Treats, leaning, pawing, nudging when Lorie has a panic attack and targeting to turn on and off lights so Lorie can enter rooms that aren’t dark. Penny learns quickly and all of our training sessions are filled with playtime, relaxation/stress reduction techniques and positive reward based training that are building a bond between them and an awareness of human and animal communication and body language. Enjoy!

Thanks Thalia for capturing Penny and Lorie and making this video for us.

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