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Therapy Dogs

The use of canines to help mankind is known throughout the world. They have been used for guarding, tracking, hunting, search and rescue, leading the blind, and assisting the deaf and physically challenged. The bond between dog and man dates back to early history. Dogs are able to touch a place within us, when we are in need, that other humans cannot reach. They bring comfort, healing, and smiles. They offer unconditional love and help to lighten a mournful atmosphere while bringing peace to individuals during a stressful time. 

Therapy dogs work in a variety of situations; they are supportive to people who are experiencing intense emotions such as grief, fear, and loneliness.  

During times of disaster and tragedy, dogs were hugged and petted by:

  • the families of the victims
  • displaced persons
  • members of the Red Cross
  • members of the Salvation Army
  • clergy
  • police officers and firefighters
  • U.S. Army Reserve troops

Many hospitals are proud to have Therapy Dogs visit their facility, and many doctors and administrators also recognize the health benefits the visits can provide. The patients are not the only ones who benefit from the visits, as staff members and visitors often look forward to the visits too.  

Therapy dogs have contributed over the years in bringing warmth and joy to residents of nursing homes. Residents learn, in the company of dogs, to overcome loneliness and fear. The residents are warmed beyond words by their unconditional love and acceptance. 

Meet Jacques

We are proud to provide this valuable service in our funeral home but also out in the community; in nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, or wherever there may be a need. 

Jacques is a 5 year old hypoallergenic poodle whose appearance and disposition make him ideal to provide medicine for the heart. He is the perfect therapy dog because he is calm, personable, and smart. By holding, petting, or just seeing the loving eyes of Jacques a person can feel comforted in a way that is healing to them.  

Jacques' role at the funeral home will be to provide affection, emotional support, and comfort to families during arrangements, visitations, and services.  

Jacques has been certified through Therapy Dogs International.

Jacques’ owner/handler, Lenore Coover, RN, MSN, has owned numerous dogs in her life and has witnessed in her own family the positive effects that a dog provides during stressful times. When she got Jacques she recognized early on that he had a powerful effect on people of all ages. She committed herself to pursue the necessary training to share Jacques as a certified therapy dog. 

When Lenore isn’t helping or serving others, she enjoys daily walks, gardening, and spending time in the kitchen cooking and sharing food with others.  

We are grateful that Lenore and Jacques share our commitment of service to others as we see the impact that they have on those in need. Please call us if you would like to arrange a visit with Jacques.

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