Jean has worked as a therapy dog handler for seven years–first with Bella, and now with Rudy. She is amazed by the ways these well-trained dogs know exactly what each person needs. Her book about Bella: “Joy Unleashed: The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog,” reveals these everyday miracles that took place as Bella and Jean visited nursing and hospital patients, and special needs students in the schools. Bella died in early January, 2018, just shy of her 11th birthday. Rudy, who was certified by Pet Partners as a therapy dog in March of 2018, is also really good at his job. Jean initiated a new program at the local courthouse and Rudy now comforts victims before trial.
Jean’s talk incorporates personal experience as well as the results of scientific studies that prove how therapy dogs make a difference. Join us for an uplifting presentation on the many gifts of therapy dogs and get a chance to meet Rudy!