Bio: Douglas Ridges
I am a Utah native growing up in Salt Lake, educated in public schools, and undergraduate education at the University of Utah. I have also lived in Washington, D.C. and California during military service and postgraduate education. I am now retired and have lived in Park City for sixteen years with my wife Mary and our current friend and unconditional lover Misty, a Portuguese water dog.
Mary and I are both registered with Misty, through Pet Partners, as therapy teams with Therapy Animals of Utah. We have long wanted to do therapy animal work but our previous dog, a Lab/Dalmatian mix, hackled around other dogs. We were told that prohibited working with him although we suspect with current testing process it would not have been prohibitive, given his loving nature.
Our relatively short time as therapy teams has demonstrated the brightening of patients who are otherwise in a very difficult situation in their lives. The visits are extremely rewarding to us and have also strengthened our bond with Misty. We are amazed, going through the training process, at the increased bonding with Misty while taking this journey. For those considering therapy work, understand that completion of this process and work in the many venues available will greatly enhance your life and the bond with your four-legged friend.