Therapy Animals of Utah

A Look Back at Spring
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Daisy_small How has 2014 been for you so far?

It’s been a busy first half of the year for Therapy Animals of Utah with many special events in addition to our regularly scheduled team volunteer visits, handler training classes, and team evaluations.

We’ve blogged previously about some of our activities, so here’s a look back at some more of our happenings this past spring.



In April, Therapy Animals of Utah participated in Pause for Paws Stress Relief events at the University of Utah College of Social Work and the University of Utah Counseling Center.

Also in April and again in June, some of our teams participated in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) training classes to help Social Work graduate students practice working as they would in therapy.

Many of the photos shown here are courtesy of the University of Utah College of Social Work.

U of U_Stevie Jen_4-2014Stevie the Wonder Dog and his handler Jen provide some much needed stress relief during finals! 
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Tulie is proof that therapy animals not only cause smiles; sometimes they wear smiles!
U of U_Daisy 1_4-2014Yes, that’s a smile on Daisy’s face too! 
U of U AAT_Quinn_6-2014 In addition to giving kisses, therapy dog Quinn demonstrated how one of his cool tricks – pushing a red toy car with his nose – can be used to help young clients talk about following instructions.  U of U_Gus_4-2014While providing stress relief, Gus loves giving and getting attention and being adored!

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TAU Director Debbie Carr and therapy dog Mr. Parker helped Master of Social Work students at the University of Utah practice incorporating therapy animals into the treatment of challenging clients.

U of U AAT_William_6-2014Therapy dog William played the cup game with students, which led to a discussion about one way therapy animals can help clients open up about emotions. He also enjoyed lots of Cheerios!

These next photos show us participating in several activities outside of school, too, including reading events at the South Jordan Library, the grand opening at the Humane Society of Utah, and the SLC Farmer’s Market.


Gus at S Jordan Library During most Saturdays in May, we participated in TALEs with TAU at the South Jordan Library. Therapy dog Gus, aka Gus da Goose, listened to a Mother Goose story.

On May 9, TAU participated at the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) Grand Opening. Pictured here from left to right are Gus, Maureen, Daisy, Viv, Captain Cowpants and Melissa.

HSU _Kandie_Z104 At the HSU Grand Opening, Kandie the Therapy Pittie shared the spotlight with some of the crew from radio station Z104.

Here’s therapy dog Daisy at the HSU Grand Opening. Daisy makes new friends everywhere she goes!

Daisy_Frmrs Mkt 3Here’s Daisy at the SLC Farmer’s Market on June 30. See what we mean?! She is always making friends!

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Here are some of our volunteers at our booth at the SLC Farmer’s Market. Pictured left to right are Tulie, Jim, Gus, Maureen and Viv. (Daisy is there, too; she just can’t be seen in this photo.)

Hugs for Max_Frmrs MktMax became a certified therapy dog this year, and he is already a pro at giving and receiving love!

And now summer is just getting started!

During most Thursdays in July (3, 10, 17 and 31) from 2-4 pm, we’ll be participating in Ultimutt Read-a-thon at Weber County Library. We  hope you’ll stop by & see us! The library is located at 2464 Jefferson Avenue in downtown Ogden.

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Therapy dog Bert demonstrates that therapy dogs are good listeners!


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