Reader Voices: Max is a therapy dog that goes visiting, home teaching

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  • Dr. LJA Riverton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    Wonderful story and the positive results of animal-assisted therapy (including visits to hospitals, nursing homes etc. has been scientifically documented. Indeed, an interesting concept (animal assisted visiting and home teaching :). Actually, I suspect that our loving Father in Heaven smiles when he hears of such things when selectively utilized for the betterment of his children....and....the animals love it too!

    I have been retired now for 12 years but had the priviledge of helping to start the Human-Animal Bond programs for the United States Department of Defense beginning in 1982. What a great blessing that was for me. I was the witness of many resulting miracles as a result of this great program.

    Some of my friends have occasionally reminded me that perhaps it's no coincidence that dog spelled backwards is a very sacred name. Most certainly, the simple faithful dog perhaps represents the true meaning of trust and unconditional love.

  • ciaobello Concord, CA
    Oct. 17, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    It's a lovely story. Please proofread your copy however.

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    Oct. 17, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Therapy dogs are appreciated more than the people who take them. We had Luke, who we took to hospitals and retirement homes and patients could have cared less if we were there. He brought such joy to them. We got a call one day from the hospital asking us to visit a patient who had returned, his only request was a visit from Luke.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    I have a difficult time getting a companion to help me home teach, Max would be a solution, and probably very welcome to most families. If only we could all be as faithful as Max.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Oct. 16, 2011 9:00 p.m.

    Great story. That companion won't tell on anyone, treat anyone differently and will appreciate every kind touch and word. Yup, I think we should all have a service dog.

  • Sue Rayburn Bruceton Mills, WV
    Oct. 16, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    We take our three dogs when we home teach a dog-loving sister. I also used to be this sister's visiting teacher, and I would do the same on hot summer days.

    We sit on the bench by her pond as the dogs chase balls in the water, and I think we have some of our best conversations with the help of the dogs and their sheer joy at being alive, being active, and being out-of-doors.

    It makes it easy to unload worries and talk deeply when we are in that beautiful place and interacting with the dogs. I think she and I have had our best times together with the dogs and enjoying the location.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, Texas
    Oct. 16, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    Such a heart-warming story!

    Dogs are very special, and I would much rather be around a dog than some people I have met!

    I love dogs, and have always believed they had a future existence the same as people, but it was not until I became a Latter-day Saint that I found that my belief was true.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    Oct. 16, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    It's amazing how many people are often reached with the aid of an animal who might otherwise reject assistance, comfort or attempts to communicate. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of Max.