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It’s all about our new four-legged friends

Pooches bringing a little happiness 

They say “a dog is man’s best friend”, the young resident of Saint Margaret’s Centre have just how true this can be.

Ilinca, one of CID Ro’s new community volunteers recently arranged a visit from a number of service dogs. Friend from the Service Dogs Club – Association in Bucharest have developed a “Therapies and Activities assisted by animals” programme which involved visits to centres in buy Bucharest to help the children get to know dogs and the joy of  having a pet that can be your guide and best friend.

Once the care team shared the news that an interesting and exciting visit was planned, they were deluged with questions. The dogs and owners arrived and settled in the play area so the children to come closer and greet them. Some like Andrei, Stefan, Darius, Cristina, Rebeca and Nicoleta were overwhelmed and shy on first, entered the room where the dogs patiently awaiting them. Darius as ever incredibly outgoing immediately made friends with ‘Molly’, an adorable, very loving, well-behaved female bull terrier, which is good with children. The team watched in awe what seemed like very old pals getting together after a long time apart. Darius quickly learned to pet, feed and how to ask Molly to perform tasks and with a lot of patience, this adorable pooch did everything Darius asked.

Ayla, a beautiful Golden Retriever and Anzu, a gorgeous Akita Inu, accompanied Molly. The dogs each performed a variety of tasks then being well used to children’s ways patiently let the kids pet and show them affection. Chums, Cristina and Nicoleta, asked to be placed together for added confidence interacted with their new furry friends. Nicoleta was first to touch Anzu’s furry tail, but Cristina didn’t dare to come closer so she watched the entire show from afar but in the end; she did touch Anzu’s fuzzy tail.  Young Stefan was delighted with the entire experience. He was extremely friendly and affectionate, and hugged, petted the dogs, and gave them the treats the owners brought along. He was delighted to be surrounded by new four-legged friends and to communicate in new and unexpected ways. Andrei followed this example and soon overcame his fears and get closer to Anzu.

The owner of our newfound friends from Service Dogs Club promised to St Margaret’s so that the bond between the children and the dogs can grow stronger and, in this way, the children will get the opportunity to learn new ways of communicating their love and expressing their feelings.

All of us at CID would like to thank everyone for their participation, dedication, patience and devotion and for sharing their love of dogs.


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