Project Unconditional Photo #7: Senior Therapy Dog Gives and Receives Love

Written by: Jane Sobel Klonsky


Jenny says that she recognized something special about Nekia right off the bat.
Photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky

[Editor’s Note: Back in November, we posted about Project Unconditional, by Vermont photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky. She has graciously offered to share more of her images with us.]

Denver, CO – Jenny and her Black Lab/Golden Retriever senior therapy dog Nekia, are an incredible team. Jenny is president of Grey Muzzle Organization, which improves the lives of. . .

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Pit Bull Wins “Top Volunteer” Award at Ohio School


Alex relaxes with her trainer, Chip Ingersoll, and volunteer Kim Gambish.
Photo via morningjournal.com

A beautiful Pit Bull named Alexandria is a certified therapy dog who works with special-needs students at Harris Elementary School, in Amherst, Ohio, which is just west of Cleveland: . . .

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Meet Lucy, The World’s Smallest Working Dog


Lucy makes up for her small size by having a huge heart.
Photo via nbcphiladelphia.com

A two-and-a-half-pound micro Yorksghire terrier named Lucy, from southern New Jersey, has been certified as the world’s smallest working dog. Although she was once a stray, she’s now a beloved visitor in hospice facilities and. . .

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Hero Therapy Dog Honored for Her 1,000th Visit


Nurse Regina Davis gives Dakota a treat as part of his visit on Saturday.
Photo by David Sharos via beaconnews.suntimes.com

A beautiful seven-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever named Dakota Sioux is being hailed for making her 1,000th visit as a certified therapy dog near her home in Boulder Hill, Illinois, just west of Chicago. Dakota’s owner, Danny Brown, got the idea for. . .

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The Rise of Animal-Assisted Therapy


Ellen Winston and Sasha are a certified therapy team, through Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado.
Photo via animalassistedtherapyprograms.org/

Here’s a fascinating story from Colorado, about a therapist who uses a dog in one of the most tense and fraught situations of her profession: couples therapy. Ellen Winston—of Lakewood, Colorado—has an assistant named Sasha who. . .

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Video: Rescue Dog and Sandy Hook Student Form Special Bond

This story has so many wonderful facets, it’s hard to fit them all into one blog post. A young girl who lost friends and teachers in the Sandy Hook shooting last December meets a rescued Pit Bull who is reborn as a therapy dog, and there is an instant bond.

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Reading with Ladybug


Declan & Katia Rini share a story with Ladybug on a comfy Orvis dog bed
Photo by Sheila Guevin

The Anne Arundel County Public Library in Crofton, MD hosts a very popular program for young readers called “Reading with Ladybug”. Therapy dog Ladybug, a Yorkshire Terrier, is trained…

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