An animal can offer enjoyment and distraction from pain and suffering. People often talk to pets and share with them their thoughts and feelings and memories. Pets provide something to look forward to. Stroking a dog or cat can reduce a person’s blood pressure. Petting encourages the use of hands and arms, stretching and turning.
Pet Therapy can help people feel less lonely and less depressed. Nonjudgemental attention from dogs can provide a welcome change from routine or the renewal of old friendships. People become more active and responsive both during and after pet therapy.
The pet makes it easier for two strangers to talk. It gives people a common interest and provides a focus for conversation. Many people in hospitals or group homes have to give up pet ownership and they miss the casual acceptance a pet gives them. A dog pays little attention to age or physical ability but gives unconditional love.
Akira Sasha is a medium Siberian Husky breed. She loves belly rubs and playing ball. Akira Sasha is full of energy and bestows kisses on your hands before petting. She loves children and the elderly.
Before Akira and I visit, the visitor certifies that they have not been recently exposed to the corona-virus, chickenpox, and/or flu!