Well, I finally managed to get some pictures on our nursing home visit today. Oh, and I am happy to report that Riley’s favorite resident, “Mrs. K” was still alive and well, she had just moved rooms and we missed her on the last visit. She was so happy to see us! And Riley was equally happy to see her. I got Mrs. K’s friend who was visiting to take a picture of Riley and I in her room.
Riley did great on her visit. One of the women that works there told us that Riley’s her favorite dog that comes to visit. Some people (I don’t know if they’re workers or just visitors) bring their little dogs to visit, but they aren’t therapy dogs. I think it’s nice that the people bring their dogs to share their joy. We’re the only official therapy dog team that visits the nursing home though. Riley got to showcase her tricks four different times. Everyone’s favorite is always Riley’s “Sit Pretty” trick where she sits up on her hind legs. It’s Riley’s favorite trick too…she automatically goes into her “Pretty” position whenever she senses I might have a treat for her. I felt good because two different people at two different times on the visit today told me how well Riley minded me. It’s always nice to get a compliment like that…much less two!
(Therapy Dogs International does not let you give your dog treats while you’re on a visit or let anyone else give your dog a treat on a visit. The exception is when you’re doing a demonstration of their tricks and commands they know.)
Anyway, enough blabbering and onto the pictures!
17 thoughts on “Nursing Home Visit Pictures!”
I love Riley's Valentine's bandanna! I know what you mean about being complimented on how well behaved Riley is and how well she minds you. It's always makes you feel good when someone else realizes what a great dog she is!
I am impressed! That is SOOOO nice of you! AND you look so nice….
We all think it is wonderful that Riley and you get to visit and make some folks feel happy. That is an awesome thing to do. Riley looks very happy and pretty in her Valentine bandana.Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara
Law haves mercy, I din't think you was evers gonna stop blabbin' but then you did…hehehehe!I think dis is such a good thing fur Riley and da little blue hair ladies. They tell great stories of da past and they just want a little attention cuz prolly most haves been deserted by their own families and Riley puts a smile on their faces.Puddles
We are happy to hear that the visit went well – and I love all the furry cool pictures!Rudy
How impressive Riley :-)Like the the bandana as well!Wizz
What a fun visit. Mom had a doggy that use to do that too. Some of the people use to slip the doggy a snackBenny & Lily
What great work you guys do!Nubbin wiggles,Oskar
It sounds like Ms. K was excited to see you as well as the others.. We are so proud of you Riley and Riley's Mom… Big Sloppy KissesGus, Louie and Callie
Therapy doggies are da best!
How could a visit from Riley (and you) NOT brighten someone's day!?! Rileys Valentine bandana looks great on her!
That is so great that Riley is a good therapy dog. I have seen how that really brings a smile to patients faces! Wyatt has been to see his Grandpa in the VA home a couple of times. He just has a bit too much enthusiasm…Wyatt's Mom
Fantastic work that you're doing!
Wow it's a great thing you guys do to visit with people!! Thanks
I love her bandanna! We definitely have our favorites at the nursing homes where we visit. It always makes me sad when we can't find them, too! Bunny
This is so great that you are doing this! I wanted Pip to become a therapy dog because he will pretty much just sit in anyone's lap. Around here they only want certified dogs and to get certified you have to be younger -Pip's 13 so I guess he is out of luck.Kristin (Pip's mom)
I would love to know more about what Riley does as a Therapy Dog and/or during her visits. It sounds terrific.