May’s Therapy Animal of the Month is….

 

GIZMO!

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Gizmo is the 3.5 pound wonderdog hailing from Connecticut! For those wondering what breed he is, he has a number of breeds in his ancestry, including Maltese, Papillion, and Japanese Chin! No wonder he’s so cute.

We met him on our trip, and instantly fell in love. Not only is Gizmo instantly everyone’s best friend, but he’s a very hard worker, too. He is a therapy dog with Paws for Friendship, and visits many people to help them feel good and de-stress. He also loves books, and because of that, visits Hartford Public Library twice a month to help children learn to read. Perhaps most amazingly, Gizmo is a member of the K9 First Responders, where he is part of an emergency psychological trauma response team, with his handler Jen Adams!

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Gizmo and his sister, Mini Cooper.

Giz supports many causes. He raises funds for children’s charities and other things like pet rescues, food pantries, veteran’s causes, civics education, disabilities awareness, and even cancer research! He also does educational programs on topics such as anti bullying, how to be helpers in our communities, and animal care and safety.

Gizmo has touched many hearts, and it’s shown by how many news articles, radio shows, viral videos, TV segments, dog magazines, and even poems(!!) he has been featured in!

After hanging around with Gizmo and Jen for a day, you come to understand just how loving they are, and how much they truly give back to the community. It’s this reason that Giz is our therapy animal of the month!

Oh, that, and…..cuz we’re frens!

 

Check out Gizmo’s Fan page if you haven’t already, and learn about all the other AMAZING stuff he does!  https://www.facebook.com/GizmosFrens/

 

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What a smile!

ANNOUNCING A NEW FEATURE!

Hi everyone!

We’ve decided to do something fun to help us give back to these wonderful animals and their handlers. Through our filming and research, we’ve come across hundreds of amazing animals with incredible stories! So, from now on, we will announce a new special therapy animal each month!

We’ll include a short bio, lots of pictures, and some fun facts! (HINT: May’s therapy animal is already hiding on our page somewhere…)

Connecticut Trip Update!

Last week, the whole crew was in and around Milford, Connecticut to film a section of the film. We really wanted to focus on something we’ve never seen before…and we found that in the K9 First Responders. These incredible dogs and their handlers help out whenever they’re asked for, including huge events like the Boston Marathon. They provide support and comfort for whoever wants it- though sometimes the dogs know before anyone who is feeling down, upset, or anxious.

We were lucky enough to have Bradford Cole show us around on our 5 day stay. Brad is the Executive Director of K9 First Responders, and connected us with a lot of people who were more than willing to tell their incredible stories of doggy love and compassion.

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Our Director of Photography, Francis, having some one-on-one time with Spartacus.

 

We were expecting high emotional content, but we were blown away by the lasting connection made between handlers like Brad, his dog Spartacus, and the people that they comforted after tragedy struck. We found out from our many interviews that, after a tragedy, a bunch of services are deployed, such as fire, ems, police, etc, to help out with the situation. But after the situation is contained, or after a week or so, those services are required to leave. Unfortunately there just aren’t enough servicemen to go around, leaving the impacted citizens on their own again. That isn’t the case with K9FR. They fully understand and appreciate that wounds don’t heal in just a week, and sometimes you need a lot of time with a furry companion to take your mind off things. Because of this, they regularly keep in contact with those who have reached out to them.

We spent a lot of time that week with many fire fighters, who also said having the dogs around is an incredible idea. Sometimes we forget that first responders are people too, and they deal with tough situations every day. No wonder fire houses have a history of Dalmatians!

Connecticut was fantastic, and we filmed a ton of great footage. Now, where to next….?