When people think of “working dogs,” they might be quick to recall a German Sheppard police K-9, a Dalmatian on a fire truck, a Border Collie herding sheep on a farm, or a guide dog helping a blind person.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there is another kind of working dog. There is no standard breed when it comes to these dogs and they are all ages and sizes. They are therapy dogs and they “have the unselfish desire to ‘paws awhile for love,’” according to the home page of Therapy Dogs International.
Bob Wharton, of Holland, and Jackson, his three-year-old Golden Retriever, had been visiting nursing homes and adult day care facilities for about a year. Researching on the Internet, Bob came across Therapy Dogs International (TDI), a New Jersey-based nonprofit that was founded in 1976. Realizing that he could offer more services by starting a Bucks County TDI chapter, he did.