Thomas University Celebrates National Dog Day

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By:Emily Johnson
August, 26, 2014

Thomasville, GA - The waggle of the tail, soft fur and the smile every time we come home, those are just a few reasons why we celebrate National Dog Day.

Thomas University chose to celebrate the day by highlighting a new program at Hospice of Southwest Georgia, their Dog Therapy Program.

"It has been successful. We have more demand than we can even meet. It's just been very important to the patients and to their families," said Leigh Ann Falconer, Hospice of Southwest Georgia Dog Therapy Program Coordinator.

The program is made up of 20 teams like Karen and her Great Pyrenees Savvy. The duo have been impacting the lives of people in Tallahassee and more recently in Thomasville for six years.

"I have actually seen the heart monitor slow as the dog gets close to them, whether they can see them or not. If they were frightened I would see a fast heartbeat, but I've seen a slow heartbeat," said Karen Baggett. Dog owner to therapy dog.

The Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society also took part in the day with an on campus adoption event.

"We're trying to put dogs and cats with people and today with being National Dog Day and Thomas University was kind enough to invite us out so we thought we'd bring some dogs out here and try and get them homes," said Ed Williams, Director at the humane society.

If you would like to know more information about how to adopt an animal from the humane society you can call them at (229) 228-0613.

If you would like to know more information on how to join the Dog Therapy Program at Hospice of Southwest Georgia you can call them at 229-584-5500.

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