Boomer is a certified pet therapy dog through the Dog Alliance in Austin, Texas. His playtime at Dogtopia daycare was instrumental in allowing him to gain that certification. He built up his confidence, social skills and his ability to interact with other dogs – all critical components to pet therapy.
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Because of his certification, he can now visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, universities and local businesses, bringing joy and a little therapy into the lives of others. Most recently, Boomer has made hospice visits into the homes of folks who are spending their final moments surrounded by family. One family in particular requested a golden retriever because for many years, the family had golden as part of their lives, and they wanted to bring back that feeling for a while longer with Boomer by their dad’s side.
Boomer is also visiting with the front-line responders at hospitals, giving them much-needed relief during the pandemic stress. The local hospital recently began bringing volunteers back in to help the staff. Pet therapy was one of the first groups to return, and Boomer was there to greet the staff and visiting family members.