From Sato to Therapy Dog

From Sato to Therapy Dog

By: Gail Ryan, Chester’s Mom

Chester was a scared, skinny, Sato in 2009. Dressed in a new winter coat and harness, he and I went to the park daily. We met many dogs, but he was more interested in senior citizens. He greeted them gently and warmly.

Chester 2009

Chester in 2009

Chest at the part

Chester at the Park.

As the months passed and Chester gained confidence, it became obvious that he was destined to do more in his life. He was evaluated to become a therapy dog with the program Paws for People. His temperament and intelligence made it easy for him to pass the test to become a Therapy Dog. When I slip on his Therapy Vest, he knows he is going somewhere important.

Chester therapy dog

Chester in his Therapy Dog Vest

As a part of the Paws for People Program, we have visited children who have cerebral palsy or kids who have reading problems. The Reading to Dogs part of the program recognizes that it is less intimidating to read aloud to a dog than to a person. Sometimes the little kids show him their books and ask him to read.

We also visit nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. The patients reminisce about pets they had long ago. Chester is a good companion and an intuitive pup who has brought joy to many people.

Christmas

Chester brings in the holidays!

Chester is the greatest dog. He makes me laugh! He seems to be thinking all the time. He looks deeply into my eyes.  If only he could speak!  He is always up to something and so smart.
Satos rock! Everyone should know satos from Puerto Rico are fabulous!

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