This square was designed by Pam Lemke as a tribute to shelties and therapy dogs. The dog pictured is owned by Dianne and Dan Roark whose story is follows:
"The role of 'therapy
dog' came naturally to Laddie-he just needed a human to take him to the
various facilities so he could do his work. It is such a blessing
to see him work his magic and turn tears to smiles. It is awesome
to see the reaction of a comatose patient, as the blood pressure and breathing
change as the patient's hand is guided in a stroking motion across Laddie's
soft fur. Because Laddie is small, calm, and non-threatening, we
have witnessed dog-bite victims responding positively to a visit from Laddie,
and relaxing to the point of wanting to give Laddie treats-from their hands!
Young or old, weak or strong, sick or well, people just perk up when Laddie
comes into a room. He has friends from California (where he was born
and began his career) to Mississippi (where he now lives and works his
wonders). He really is a gift from God! Laddie is certified through
Therapy Dogs Incorporated."
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