For The Record..........

When articles are written about organizations one would expect to receive correct information. We find many times that whoever writes about our organization gives out wrong information. Is this done deliberately or just out of ignorance by copying someone's writing without checking the facts and even understanding the criteria written about? We hope it is the latter!

We will now publish some statistics to compare with a statement in the article written by: Lyu Qiuping who is a writer for "Xinhua". The date of the article is 12/17/2018.

Facts: Therapy Dogs International (TDI), a non-profit organization was founded in 1976, regulates, tests and registers dogs and their handlers. It is insulting to call TDI a Registry, comparing our organization to Internet opportunists who sell registrations via the Internet!

Our statistics for 2018: 21,708 dogs were registered for 2018, 2,017 Dogs were suspended for violations mostly for expired health care procedures. That leaves us with a total of 19,691 dogs versus 10,000 dogs listed for "Pet Partners", naming it in the article the largest non-profit organization registering therapy dogs and other therapy animals in the United States.

Recommendation for anyone writing articles: "Get your facts directly from the horses mouth!"




Regent

Sophie

Lucy

Kato

Barkley

Zoey

Breton

Scribble

Trey

TDI Chapter #193

Nelson

Isaac

Myrra Bella

Puddin

Flower TDIEVA

Bou and Coco

Bart

Glenda

Regent

Justice

Boulder

Michele

Jazz, Lewy, and Erisa

Cubby

Royce

Mr. Barkley

Jake

DeeDee

Dickens TDIG and Dino TDIA

Bailey

Callie

Lucy

Alex TDIA and Teddy TDIAOV

Maia

Luna TDIG

Murphy

Benji TDIG

Bella TDIG and Danny TDIAOV

Rusty and Bekka

Toby

Isaac

TDI Chapter #304

Sawyer TDIA

Jazz DSR

Cody

Kumi TDIG

Apollo TDIA

Gus and Piper

Nani

Kayla

Lucy

Midnight Moon

Ella Belle

Mimosa TDIRVA

Otis

Jazz DSR

Charlie

Prince Harry

Ponder

Journey TDIRVA, DSR and Jackson TDIA

Lexi

Snowy TDIA

Vinny Von

Diamond Lil TDIA

Seamus

Henry

Lucy

Mellie

Murphy

Breck and Boulder

Tallulah Belle, Honey, Cody, Seamus, and Pei Pei

Kumi TDIG

Hunter

Malachi

Courtney and Brittney

Samantha

Mocha

Sonny DaZe

Pei Pei

Tye and Takeo

Sawyer TDIA

Lucy

Harry

Regent

Sissy

Zoe TDIA

Bailey

Gibson TDIA

Remington TDIA

Maggie TDIEVA

Bella TDIA and Shane TDIA

Why We Are TDI Members

By: Annette Smith

Last Tuesday during our weekly visit to the local hospice residence, I discovered why my TDI dog, Nicky Bella, and I are committed to these visits. In the hallway I stopped to chat with a family member who mentioned that her Mom had been an avid dog lover, and would have loved to have seen Nicky Bella. Unfortunately, she had just received the Last Rites, was in a coma, and was surrounded by her family members.

Nicky and I went into the room, and after talking about Nicky for a while, I noticed that this woman had slightly opened her eyes. I pulled a chair up to the bed, and had Nicky get on it. The comatose patient actually reached up and gave Nicky a little pet before closing her eyes, and sinking back into her deep sleep. The family members were beside themselves. They couldn’t believe what they had just witnessed. I still get choked up when I think about this.

Nicky Bella, a dog that was rescued off the streets at 6 months of age, and then sat in a kennel for 3 years, is now giving so much to so many. She does a weekly Tail Waggin' Tutors program with a 4th grade and a local library, tags along while I help transport wheel chairs for a weekly church service at our County Nursing home (and of course has to visit with everyone along the way), regularly visits other nursing homes, a drug treatment program and will be adding a soon-to-be-opened assisted living home. Of course she attends Sunday Services and sits on the altar with the choir.

These Therapy Dogs give so much to so many, and I have no doubt that upon crossing the Rainbow Bridge, they will take their rightful place at the foot of our Lord in Heaven!

TDI In The News

Another First for Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

The author, left, smiles as Ambassador Robert F. Godec presents Forest with his honorary embassy badge at an awards ceremony in Nairobi.

Forest, a German Shepherd Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs International, has been declared an honorary member of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the US State Department's first "therapy dog".

Please follow the link to the article about this wonderful TDI team.

Paws That Refresh

What is a Therapy Dog?

A Therapy Dog is a dog with an outstanding temperament

A Therapy Dog tolerates other animals







A Therapy Dog wants to visit with people




A Therapy Dog loves children




A Therapy Dog gets along with other dogs




Why Don't Therapy Dogs
Wear Vests?


Therapy Dogs are to be petted, and vests cut down on the petting area. Additionally, the use of vests can confuse a Therapy Dog with a Service Dog.

A TDI Therapy Dog on Visits is
Identified by:

A TDI Bandana



A current TDI ID Tag



A flat buckle collar or simple harness



A current TDI ID Card