Camp Sunrise Weekend
Hospice of Redmond would like to thank two therapy dog teams for volunteering at Camp Sunrise, our annual weekend grief camp for children. Jennifer Horsman & Hobie, and Al & Susan LaChance & Ruby are members of Compassionate Canines of Central Oregon. These two teams had such a positive impact on the lives of children in our community who are grieving the death of someone very special to them. The handlers and dogs together created a caring space for the children to land. Children often attend camp alone, not knowing any of the other children, so at first, they gravitate toward the dogs where they feel safe and accepted. Both teams did an amazing job of supporting, comforting and encouraging the children to engage in the process. Thank you!
Bereavement Coordinator, Camp Sunrise Director
Boys & Girls Club Therapy Dog Reading Day
A wonderful time had by all at the Boys & Girls Club East Bend during Therapy Dog Reading Day! Griffyn and his human, Jennifer Boley, are certified through TDI and mainly do hospice therapy work in Sisters, OR. Griffyn also loves being around kids, especially when they read to him. Christina Chavez, a volunteer at the B&G Club, has previous therapy work experience through the San Fransisco SPCA, and was excited to start a local program. We hope to make this a monthly event and Griffyn certainly looks forward to it!
Lunch and Learn Summer Reading Program
This year we are still unsure on funding, so at this point we only have a La Pine site. That location will run July 10- August 4th. Let me know if there is a team from south county that would like participate this year- it's not too late!!
Project H.E.L.P. Coordinator - Homeless Liaison
Dog Readers at Elk Meadow Elementary
Every 6 weeks our grade level meets to discuss students and progress. Numerous second grade kiddos were brought up as making crazy gains in reading. We analyzed the data and the instruction, and then it was mentioned that many of these kids, with positive gains, had dog readers. For the first time, the instructional practice AND the use of dogs was credited for gains. NEVER in the history of the program has the reading data now included dog readers AND the direct correlation to positive impacts on reading scores. Holy cow!!!
THANK YOU ALL for giving us your time and for making our kids soar!
Elk Meadow Elementary
Art Focus School
John Tuck Elementary After School Extended Learning Program
“Beth, would you and Canoe be interested in helping out at an after school extended learning program at John Tuck Elementary? I know the kids would just fall in love with Canoe…” As she spoke, the excuses I was formulating in my mind quickly evaporated and I found myself agreeing to visit the program before making a decision. And I am so glad I did.
Canoe, Jennifer Horsman, and I met with Dodie Carmichael at John Tuck Elementary to discuss the goals of the program, Canoe’s and my role, to meet the kids, and tour the site in order to see if our involvement would be a good fit. As a retired Children’s librarian I was pleased to learn that Canoe would be helping 25 1st and 2nd graders gain confidence in their reading skills by listening to them read aloud. And, as part of a therapy dog team, I was pleased to see that Canoe’s safety and comfort was a priority to all. Best of all, this was a short, seven week commitment and Dodie was graciously willing to work within our busy schedule. The final obstacle fell when Canoe met the kids. They were well behaved and enthusiastic when meeting Canoe, and Canoe strutted about like a king, his ears up and tail wagging, as he greeted each child.
The program is over now, and Jennifer was right, the kids did fall in love with Canoe. And Canoe fell in love with each of them in return.
Pet Partners Handler Workshop
Central Oregon needs trained and qualified pet therapy teams! This workshop will provide you with the skills needed to visit with your animal safely in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, and other facilities. Also covered are the requirements to pass the Pet Partner Team evaluation. Your instructor will cover the following topics: how to tell if both you and your animal are a good fit for Pet Partners; how to prepare yourself and your animal for visits; special needs of specific client groups; facility health and safety codes; patient confidentiality. This class is for the human end of the leash. Do NOT bring your animal to class. Pet Partner Team Evaluations offered on an ongoing basis. Call Central Oregon Community College, Community Learning for more information.
Dates: Click Calendar
Location: COCC Chandler Lab, Room 301
Instructor: Jack Barron
Pet Partners Team Evaluation
This evaluation is conducted by a licensed Pet Partners Team Evaluator who is also a volunteer. Any fees are payable directly to the evaluator. Your volunteer Team Evaluator will assign you an arrival time, this is not an all-day event for teams. If you are a new team, you must complete the Therapy Animal Handler Workshop or Online Course prior to attending a Team Evaluation. Specific evaluation time slots will be confirmed after you register. Call Central Oregon Community College, Community Learning for more information.
Dates: Click Calendar
Location: COCC Chandler Lab, Room 301
Leaders: Donna Jarboe, Jack Barron
St. Charles Hospital ER Staff Visit
"Shane" and "Annie" giving the ER staff at St. Charles some Christmas joy on December 24, 2016.
COCC Pet-A-Pup Stress Relief Day
On December 6, 2016, thirteen pet therapy teams helped COCC students relieve stress preparing for final exams.
Therapy Dog Awareness Day
Compassionate Canines therapy dog teams at Bend Pet Express
Going to the Dogs for Alzheimer's
Hobie and Daniel Day, Marketing Director of Aspen Ridge Retirement and Memory Care Living, taking a break from raising donations for Bend's annual Alzheimer's Memory Walk. Please join the Compassionate Canines of Central Oregon Team 2017.
Canine Group joins walk for Alzheimer's
Bend Pet Express 10% Discount
If you are currently volunteering as a registered therapy team with your dog or cat, you qualify for a 10% discount at Bend Pet Express. Bend Pet Express -- Eastside and Westside locations -- will give you a
10% discount for all in store purchases and special orders. This discount is in recognition of what Therapy Dog and Cat Teams are doing as volunteers in the community. Must present proof of current therapy registration when purchasing to receive your discount.
RUFFWEAR Discount up to 50%
RUFFWEAR offers therapy dog teams up to a 50% discount. To sign up for the pro purchase program please go online to: ruffwear.com/pro
Click on the Pro Purchase Program application.
Completing parts of the the application.
Group's name: Compassionate Canines of Central Oregon
Classification: Service Dogs.
Our therapy dogs are listed under this classification with RUFFWEAR knowing our dogs are NOT Service Dogs. Please note that this discount ONLY applies to online orders and this privilege is not to be misused by obtaining/sharing discounts with family and friends.