When visiting nursing home patients or students stressed about finals, she is not the patient, ever-present calming force with others that she is with me. With my husband and I, she is insistent and merciless in her quest for attention and petting. She is the dog that nudges and rubs and forces your hand onto her. And I thought sure she'd be that way with others, but not so.
After I had already made the decision and contacted our local therapy contact who had been supervising our visits, a friend posted a link to this blogpost. It is so true, people want to be out with their animals, sharing them and doing good but it really is a small percentage of all dogs that actually enjoy and crave that type of activity. While I wouldn't say the Dot didn't enjoy it at ALL, there were certainly other things she'd rather be doing if given the chance.
|These two photos are examples of Dot would rather be!|