BELLA is October’s Therapy Animal of the Month!

Congratulations, Bella!

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Why is Bella our therapy animal of the month?

Bella is a lovely addition to the Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness and Learning Society, an organization whose goals are to: recruit and certify therapy animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and mini-horses, recruit and train therapists to use animals to help their clients, facilitate ongoing AAT programs in their community, and provide services to assist new facilities in creating and sustaining their own AAT programs!

Here’s a little more information on Bella!

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Just look at those eyes!

Bella is an 8 year old Border Collie mix from the Edmonton Humane Society. She was adopted when she was 1 1/2 years old, and the Humane Society suggested that she had been a stray her whole life. She didn’t seem to know what to make of humans. She was the most scared, skittish dog you would ever meet, and it took years of training and love, but she is now just the sweetest mutt you could imagine!

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Bella became a therapy dog approximately one year ago when her owner decided that she had extra love to share.  Bella sailed through the certification process and has been doing incredible work ever since. Bella has a weekly placement at Boyle Street Education Center where she participates in a therapy group with some of the students.  Bella’s patient and loving nature seems to be a great addition to the therapy group and several of the students have become quite attached to her!

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Who wouldn’t become attached to Bella? We love her already.

Fun facts about Bella:
Favorite treat: anything with peanut butter!
Favorite toy: anything that another dog has, she is completely uninterested in toys unless another dog is playing with one.
Favorite place to be: hiking in the mountains!
Favorite activity: hiking and exploring, she also loves being chased by other dogs.
Favorite spot: The left side of her owner, Danielle’s, bed!

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Many thanks to CAAWLS, and to Danielle and Ann! Without their help, we wouldn’t even have known about this wonderful pup!

And once again, congratulations, Bella!!

 

For more about CAAWLS: http://www.caawls.org/