Continuing the dialogue about the many considerations involving Animal Assisted Therapy, our colleague Dr. Kirby Wycoff is a featured guest on the NPR program, Dog Talk. Dr. Wycoff's continuing work in this field offers everyone involved in AAT food for thought.
Before I began teaching in British Columbia in mid-June, I had a day to be a tourist. I used the opportunity to visit The Raptors in Duncan, BC thanks to a tip from Carole Orr. My friend Suzanne Webb and I set off to spend the day with hawks, owls, falcons & eagles under the guidance of falconer & The Raptors' center staff member Devon Casagrande.
“I wish there were no weeds in our garden!” But as I plucked the offending plants, I realized that my weed-free fantasy would not be a good thing.
Without weeds, how easily gardeners could become complacent, accepting the bounty and beauty without a need to fuss over and, most of all, to protect. Weeds require us to be alert, attentive, contemplative, aware on behalf of our garden.
From the moment you land on the home page, it is clear how much effort and attention to detail went into creating The Family Dog. Trainers Leah Hatley and Justine Schuurmans are not just dog lovers, they are also parents, busy (and talented) women -- and on a mission to promote dog training for the whole family.