October 2019 - TherapyAnimals.org
1 The Hydrant A Bulletin for Intermountain Therapy Animals Members XXV No. 4 October 2019 ITA Happenings All of the photos on the next pages show that ITA teams were needed in an abundance this summer. These fun visits and events would not be possible without all of these lovely faces and animal heroes. Thanks to people like you, a foster child in summer camp has the courage to work through their fears, a child with a new prosthetic hikes to the to the peak, and a child dealing with cancer treatment is allowed to just be a kid again.
Paws at Woofstock was a huge success because of all of our lovely volunteers, guests, donors, and supporters.
We have the greatest group of people surrounding this organization, all with the common goal of enhancing the quality of life through the human-animal bond. We are looking forward to the holiday months and what joy they may bring.
2 Camp Hobé is a summer camp for children in cancer treatment through Primary Children’s and is located near Tooele, Utah. Mark Juraschka & Peabody featured in St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas Eagle Mount is an organization that implements recreational therapy for kids with disabilities. Here are teams hiking to Palisades Falls at Hyalite Youth Camp through Eagle Mount. Teams from Helena at Exploration Works which aims to encourage a passion for science in Montana’s youth.
3 Helena Chapter Summer BBQ Eric Eikenberry’s Otis greeting Marine Reservists at Camp Navajo in Arizona.
Royal Family Kids Camp is a camp for children in the foster care system that aims to give children a normal childhood experience like going to camp. Here are teams at one of their camps in Liberty, Utah.
5 New Teams: Utah Chapters Maureen Feighan and Quincy Carol Bruggers and Nellie Bob Tomsky and Anok Suzanne Doutre adding Sasha Carol Prince adding Nikki Linda and David Weiskopf adding Harvey Ralph and Donna Morelli adding Juno
6 New Teams: Montana & Idaho Wendy Sesselman adding Cooper in Montana City Bonnie Hong and Murphy in Idaho Falls Tess Glazier with Quinzy and Supporting Member Pam Mann in Helena
8 Retiring Teams Cathy Kendall (Canine partner Alice still visiting with another member) Shannon Allsop and Kiya BJ Archambault and Mizpah Sandra Gilson and Casey Debbie Schirf and Ruthie Mae Jodie Bridges and Boomer Tom Hitch and Pepper Sharon Williams-Webb and Nick Diane Carson and Peaches
9 Retiring Teams Tim and Lisa Miller with Benny, Moki, and Max Ellie Ienatsch and Willow Chrissy Brand and Marbles Jan Lebaron and Emmy Diane Sedlacek and Nanook Debby Bertoch and Taggart Monica Nealis and Samantha Stenzel with Comet
10 Until We Meet Again Kathy Bolte’s Theo Julie Bett’s Raus He was a very special guy and loved everyone he ever met.
When someone would say to me "I think your dog likes me" I always agreed, but knew in my heart that he loved every person and dog he ever met. He often came to my therapy office greeting clients who I knew liked dogs. Then a client would sit at one end of my large couch and he would curl up at the other end --unless the person got upset, as he then would move down and curl up next to them. It always brought smiles to their faces. Our family misses him tremendously...
Suzy Saltiel’s Quinn
11 With a heavy heart we say goodbye to ITA member Marilyn Williams who passed away on 8/29/19. Marilyn comforted patients and clients through ITA with her miniature Schnauzer, The Taz, for the past 6 years. They visited numerous facilities including the VA, St. Mark’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, plus rehab, behavioral, and senior care facilities. She dedicated so much of her time to serving other people and was a bright light in the lives of many. She was also a huge supporter of ITA's behind the scenes opportunities, often the first to volunteer.
Delightfully, Marilyn was very proud of The Taz and made sure that she was famous everywhere they went. Marilyn taught The Taz many tricks to bring smiles and joy to their clients. These tricks also came in handy as The Taz was one of the stars at our productions of The Pupcracker. They were an incredible team and will be so missed. Jill Bryson’s Woopie Ashley Sacharny’s retired therapy dog Marley Mary Martin’s Ellie
12 Interview with a Therapy Cat Featuring Ann Goplen’s Suzi What is Suzi’s favorite part of volunteering as a therapy cat? Being the queen of the room on the couch or table she occupies! Hearing all the stories from the students about the pets they miss at home while giving them some good head butts and lots of purring! Where is Suzi’s favorite place to be pet? A good ear scratch and down along her spine. Are there any places that Suzi doesn’t like to be pet? She doesn't like energetic pets on her belly. What population does Suzi like to visit the most? College Students What is Suzi's favorite hobby outside of volunteering? Snoozing in the sunshine.
How did Suzi join the family? She was dropped off at a friend's vet clinic in a cardboard box with no lid. When they got to the clinic in the morning, they heard this tiny meowing coming from the bushes. The next day when I went in to pick up the ashes of my first blue heeler Agatha who did not believe cats needed to inhabit this earth, Suzi chose me. Suzi climbed up on my shoulder and into my sweatshirt hood and went to sleep. Why did you know that Suzi would be a good therapy cat? Her calm nature and ability to adapt to new situations without being fearful. She truly loves people and seeks attention.
What is Suzi's favorite treat and/or toy? "Cat Dancer" fleece on a fishing pole to chase about. Does Suzi like other animals? Yes, she and Midnight (canine brother) grew up together and were best buds. Since his passing, she snuggles with my golden retriever Kona and plays and wrestles with 80 pound puppy Fjell. She doesn't mind working with other cats or dogs in the same room with her, but may throw a stink eye if they are too rowdy. What is one of your most special stories about Suzi’s volunteer experiences? When people are so excited that a cat is there! Its great to see people be able to experience the benefits of therapy animals even if they aren't dog people.
The energy of the interaction is different than with dogs.
The Scratching Post
13 Member Moment A story from St. George member Art Reid who handles canine partner, Tillie, along with his wife, Katherine Reid: We would like to pass along a tender story of one of our visits this past week. One of our assignments is to visit the Coral Desert Rehabilitation Center in St. George, UT. For each visit we are given a list of patient’s rooms that have requested to see Tillie. On this occasion as we were walking down the hall, a lady came out of a room that we were not assigned to visit, and asked if we could please come in and see her brother.
This type of request is not unusual, and happens on most visits. As we went into the room we saw an elderly man on his back in the bed, along with the man’s sister and another couple. We took Tillie over to the bed that was lowered and I lifted her front paws up on the side of the bed so that man could see her. She slowly sniffed the man’s hand and then gave it a gentle lick. He looked at her and smiled and said, “pretty dog.” The others in the room seemed over joyed. It seems he had not responded to anyone all day and had just looked at the ceiling with a blank stare. We stayed there a little longer as he reached out and rubbed his hand against Tillie’s fur.
When we left, the sister of the man came out with us and with tears in her eyes gave Katherine a big hug and thanked her for bringing Tillie in to see her brother. Just to see him open up and smile meant so much to her.
We understand this is a simple story and one of many visits made by those involved with Therapy Animals, but it is gratifying to see how it made such a positive impact on this family by just helping them to see their loved one simply smile.
14 Billy the 3-Legged Border Collie “When Billy was found as a stray wandering around Vernal, Utah, in the late summer of 2017, he was hopping around on three legs because his front right paw was missing. No one really knows what happened to Billy, but CAWS, the organization that rescued him from the Uintah County Shelter, suspects that his paw got stuck in an animal trap, and he was somehow able to get free.
After CAWS took him in, his right front leg was amputated, and he recovered for around a month with a foster family. As it so happened, Billy was living with the same foster family from whom I adopted my first dog, and they told me that Billy was just like my dog: friendly and wellbehaved. Because I'm a sucker for a special needs dog, an overnight trial visit turned into a permanent adoption. About 9 months after adopting him, he walked right up to ITA volunteer Peggy Chudd, who was having breakfast outside at The Bagel Project. She suggested that because he was so friendly I should consider looking into working with him as a therapy dog with Intermountain Therapy Animals.
I have always been a big believer in the healing power of animals, so I was sold. By December 2018, Billy had passed his temperament test, and once we passed all of our background checks, we were regularly visiting patients at the University of Utah Hospital and kids at Salt Lake County Youth Services. Watching Billy with patients and with kids is amazing. At home, he's squirmy and doesn't sit still for long even if it's just hanging out with me watching TV. At the hospital, Billy has laid in bed with patients for over an hour, resting his head on their laps and giving them kisses. At Salt Lake County Youth Services, he lets kids hug him, give him kisses, and brush him, reminding them of a family pet, or simply allowing them to be vulnerable and connect with each other.
The fact that he is a tripod dog makes his visits even more special to patients and to kids. As long as Billy is up for it, I look forward to sharing his sweet disposition with as many people as possible.” - Holly Shick
- 15 Doggie Bite Tips A couple of our members have recently had the terrible experience of having a stranger’s dog bite their therapy animal while off duty. Luckily, all the dogs involved are doing well! The following info was shared with us afterwards and is from the link below. We thought we should summarize and share it with all of you. https://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/accidents-injuries/what-do-when-another -dog-bites-your-dog Remember these steps as best as you can, but know that there isn’t “one-size-fits-all solution”. Immediately After
- It seems obvious, but remove your dog from the situation first. Allow them to walk if they are able and watch their gait and for bleeding. Even the most gentle animal can bite their owner when scared or hurt. Be cautious if you have to lift or carry them.
- Gather as much information from the other owner as you can. This might not always be possible, but it is very helpful to know the other dog’s vaccination history. Assessing the Dog Bite
- “The severity of a dog bite is dependent on a variety of factors. A bite may encompass anything from a tiny nick to a series of wounds that require veterinary attention.” Err on the side of caution when assessing your dog’s injuries and take them to the vet if you have any doubt.
- “The puncture you see on the outside of the skin is the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in a bite wound injury. This is because a bite is both a crushing and shearing injury. Often, tissue can be damaged under the puncture, and a pocket is created. There may be bleeding or nerve damage under the skin that cannot be seen through the puncture. The tooth carries bacteria with it into the pocket and sets up a good environment for an abscess to form.”
- Depending on where the dog was bit plays a factor as well. The mouth or nose area heals very quickly and would not be as big of a concerns as a leg, torso, or neck bite.
- If your animal is acting lethargic or having trouble breathing, take them to a vet right away! Treating the Bite
- For smaller bites: the wound will be evaluated, surrounding hair clipped, disinfect with antibacterial solution, lavage the wound with saline, and finally start antibiotics. Pain meds may also be administered.
- Worse infected bites:“If a puncture or deep pocket is found, then the veterinarian will suggest anesthetizing the dog to remove damaged tissues, and place a drain to allow the dog’s body to get rid of any pooling infection.” Drains are removed 3-5 days later and stitches are removed 10-14 days later. Even with surgery, dogs will often go home the same day with oral antibiotics and pain medication.
- Very serious injuries: x-rays or ultrasounds may be suggested to look for broken bones or contusions. Vets can also use these tools to see if the bite has perforated the chest cavity or abdominal cavity.
- There may also be reason to quarantine your dog for 10 days if there is a concern for rabies. Preventing Infection
- This is one of the most important steps after a dog bite.
- Dog antibiotics are usually administered to prevent infection.
- Don’t allow your dog to lick or scratch their wound. This is where the cone of shame comes in. There are different options that may be more comfortable like a soft fabric cone or a donut-shaped collar. Getting Back to Normal
- This can take some time.
- To prevent another situation like this, evaluate what caused the dog bite in the first place. If your dog was bit in the home by a housemate, you’ll want to figure out what triggered the fight.
- Learn dog body language and especially understand what your own is telling you. Is your dog relaxed, or tolerating the situation?
- Be prepared to change plans. If you go somewhere with too many rowdy dogs, be ready to leave and go on a walk elsewhere. Don’t force them into the same situations.
- “It isn’t just physical care that’s necessary with a bite, but behavioral care and management are important as well. It’s very likely that a dog will be fearful of whatever caused a bite, so he may be hesitant to interact with other dogs following a dog attack. He also might react aggressively to other dogs, and I mean all other dogs, not just the one who bit him. In this case, it’s imperative that you seek professional help. Don’t force interactions or socialization, because if reintroduction isn’t done properly, it can make the issue worse.”
16 I've seen it with my own eyes: A therapy dog and its owner approach a visitor in the hallway of Intermountain Medical Center and the visitor's demeanor changes as soon as he sees the dog. The visitor's posture changes; he bends forward as if in greeting. A smile breaks out on his face. His hand extends to pet. His voice is gentle as he speaks to the dog. Those are the physical responses of almost every person who meets our therapy dogs. Three of IMC's pet therapy teams: Susan Daynes with Dresden, Linda Richards with Lizzie, and Karin Kirchho with Charlie. How do our therapy dogs impact our patients and our team?
The next 3 pages are from the Intermountain Stories newsletter and features 3 of our SLC Chapter teams!
17 I've seen it with my own eyes: A therapy dog and its owner approach a visitor in the hallway of Intermountain Medical Center and the visitor's demeanor changes as soon as he sees the dog. The visitor's posture changes; he bends forward as if in greeting. A smile breaks out on his face. His hand extends to pet. His voice is gentle as he speaks to the dog. Those are the physical responses of almost every person who meets our therapy dogs. Intermountain Therapy Animals, the organization that provides our hospital pets, says its mission is to enhance people's quality of life through the human-animal bond.
Their motto is: Pets Helping People. Ten teams of owners and dogs visit IMC's patients, families and sta on a continuing basis. Here's what the experience is like for three of these caregivers. Three of IMC's pet therapy teams: Susan Daynes with Dresden, Linda Richards with Lizzie, and Karin Kirchho with Charlie. How do our therapy dogs impact our patients and our team?
Susan Daynes says being a therapy dog owner brings meaning to her life. For 18 years, she's visited patients almost exclusively in Rehab. The reason for visiting there is simple: Susan's son, Tim, broke his neck in an accident when he was 16, and she witnessed the unequalled help Rehab provided in the most di cult time of his life. Tim's rst service dog helped her to see how invaluable that human-animal relationship really is. With his dog, he was able to navigate the world, including the University of Utah, where he completed bachelor's and master's degrees. Today, years after Tim's experience in Rehab, Susan says, "I am a di erent person.
I didn't have a lot of direction, but this has been so meaningful. I wouldn't be the same person if not for this experience." Susan sees how visits from dogs — like her yellow lab, Dresden — a ect patients. "Patients say things to Dresden they wouldn't say to anyone else," she says. "In Rehab, patients incorporate physical therapy with Dresden by throwing balls for him to retrieve. One patient who was re-learning to walk put Dresden into his wheelchair, then pushed the chair around the oor. Everyone laughed and the patient got in the walk he needed."
19 We have said it before, we’ll say it again, we love Lili Chin’s art work and the messages that she shares on her website: doggiedrawings.net. She creates free resources for anyone to use and share in order to educate the community on some serious need to know information about our furry best friends.
20 In Other News A THANK YOU TO OUR TEAMS: “On behalf of our Royal Family Kids Camp, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to your volunteers who gave their time and energy to come to Camp, and spend time with our kids.
We had 23 kids, ages 7-11, who are in the Utah foster care system in northern Utah come to Camp. Your volunteers and dogs spent several hours over 2 different days with the kids, talking about the dogs, letting the kids pet the dogs and have some moments when they could just ‘be’ with the dogs. These moments meant a lot to some of the kids that just needed something special that only a dog can give. Please thank your volunteers for us for giving these kids some special memories... Many of these children have never experienced a week in a positive, loving and healthy environment. Thank you and your team for making their week at camp special.” - Pam Kramer-Dalton (Camp Director) In honor of R.E.A.D.’s 20th Anniversary we will be holding an online auction during all of November, the month when R.E.A.D.
first began. We will have some popular repeat items from the gala, new items, and an animal themed section. Watch for the emails, more details to come!Paws at Woofstock (pictured on the 4th page) had a lot of wonderful items donated for the silent auction. Thank you to many individuals and also all of these business for donating items:
- Plant and Grow Nursery
- Tracy Aviary
- Utah’s Hogle Zoo
- Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
- Barley’s Canine Recreation Center
- Pet Rescue Education
- San Doggy Pet Grooming
- Ma & Paws Bakery
- Youth Care Treatment Center
- Carmelite Monastery
- Canyon Cover Pilates
- V Chocolates
- Utah Symphony Utah Opera
- Utah Museum of Fine Arts
- Nu Skin
- Contender Bicycles
- Hale Centre Theatre
- Great Harvest
- Trader Joe’s
- Randon Aviation
- RC Willey
- Hires Big H
- Kara’s Chocolates
21 Calendar Compiled By Sabrina Walker (ITA Volunteer Services) All dates in the SLC and local chapters unless otherwise stated 10/3 + 10 + 17: ITA Workshop Classes 10/5: Helena Chapter Team Screenings 10/12: Bozeman Chapter Workshop + St. George Workshop 10/13: St. George Screenings 10/20: New Member Screenings + Bozeman Chapter Screenings 10/24: Continuing Education: Understanding Dog Language 10/31: Happy Halloween! 11/3: Daylight Savings + Bozeman Chapter Orientation 11/28 + 29: Happy Thanksgiving! (ITA Office Closed) 12/7: Bozeman Chapter R.E.A.D.® Workshop 12/7 + 8: Christmas Photo Box Event 12/15 : ITA Christmas Party 12/23 - 1/2: Happy Holidays! (ITA Office Closed)