International Assistance Dog Week was celebrated August 7-13, 2016. It aims to recognize and honor all of the hardworking assistance dogs, like Said, and help to raise awareness to the public about all the work that these devoted dogs do. As stated by the International Assistance Dog Week, “ Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of the family.”
Sadie is A Hand to Hold’s very own assistance therapy dog, who is a two year old golden. Sadie was originally adopted by Chris when she was just a puppy and after noticing her gentle temperament, he realized she would be a great addition to his caregiving team. Pet therapy has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, help to lower blood pressure and more. So, after going through the training program, Sadie now visits assisted living communities, hospitals, and our clients with only one job – to show them love.
If you want to learn more about Sadie, her training program and International Assistance Dog Week, check out the interview Chris and Sadie did here for Atlanta Plugged In on CBS46.