Animal Assisted Therapy

LADY DAY IS NOW A STAY AT HOME DOG. BECAUSE RMHS LLC IS TELEHEALTH ONLY, YOU MAY SOMETIMES SEE HER AND SAY HI TO HER DURING A TELEHEALTH SESSION. SCOUT TURNS OUT TO BE A MAJOR HAM AND LOVES POPPING HER HEAD UP DURING SESSION AS WELL. IT’S NOT ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY AS WE REMEMBER IT, BUT THEY ARE STILL HAPPY TO SEE YOU.

large black dog Lady day and tortoisehell cat Scout help with animal-assisted therapy. They are pictured here lying on the couch together.
Lady and her best friend Scout at home.

Meet Lady Day and Scout, animal-assisted therapy pros.

We rescued her from a shelter and trained her to the Canine Good Citizen level. As you can see by her friendship with Scout, above, she is very gentle. She loves playing and “hugging”. Lady Day often knows when someone needs attention from her. She also usually knows when she is supposed to relax and let therapy take its course.

She will greet you with a wagging tail and smile. Often, Lady will lean against you and invite you to hug her. Please don’t allow her to lick or “mouth” you.  Although she likes to do both, and many participants also enjoy those, some do not and Lady Day isn’t able to distinguish which are which.

Since moving to telehealth, animal-assisted therapy looks very different than it used to. You may have your pet in the room with you. Perhaps you’ll get to enjoy Scout wanting you to say hi to her. Telehealth is not an ideal venue for animal-assisted therapy, but having your own pet in the room might make up for that. I can assist with teaching you to teach your pet the manners needed in an emotional support animal.

It turns out that Lady is somewhat camera shy, but Scout makes up for it now that we are telehealth only. If you’re extremely lucky, you might even meet Dani, my extremely shy former feral kitty, while we talk.

Animal-assisted therapy helps with physical and mental health symptoms in many people. Lady Day helps many shy people and people with trust issues benefit more from therapy.

Let us know if you have dog allergies or are afraid of dogs or have dog allergies. Lady stays home or in another room in those cases. She is a single coated dog that sheds very little and has minimal dander, unlike a purebred Lab.

When you are ready to seek therapy,  call to set an appointment.

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