September 2019 Animal Assisted Therapy Class Open for Enrollment.

Animal Assisted Therapy Class beginning November 3, 2018, Mahopac NY.

Three Dogs Training’s Animal Assisted Therapy Class is scheduled to begin September 7, 2019

Lisa has almost twenty years of experience visiting with her dogs and teaching Animal Assisted Therapy, Education, and Activities.

Because of her experience, the class starting September 7, 2019 will prepare visiting teams for various populations, facilities, and any testing required for certification.

Visiting dogs can put a smile on the face of a senior who misses her dog, or help someone in rehab work through his therapy projects for the day, or help children sit quietly as they read The Giving Tree. 

Sometimes, a visiting dog might even go for a walk with a person in a wheel chair who never thought they could walk a dog again.

There are a myriad more opportunities for visiting dogs to make a difference in a person’s life, including yours.

If you have ever wanted to visit with your dog, email Lisa, or call 845.228.2546.

Pet Partners Mini Workshop

Have you been considering visiting with your dog but would like to know a bit more?

Join one of the upcoming Mini Workshops either in

  • Putnam County on March 2nd – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • New York City on March 3rd – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by Lisa J Edwards, Best Selling Author, A Dog Named Boo: The Underdog with a Heart of Gold, these workshops will cover:

  • Basic handling skills for Visiting Animal Assisted Therapy Teams and All pet owners
  • A brief outline of Pet Partners registration, evaluation, and visit expectations
  • This mini workshop focuses on supportive and trust building pet handling skills. It is appropriate for:
    • Individuals wanting to know more about visiting with their animals before their online course
    • Seasoned handlers looking for additional preparation before their evaluation
    • Handlers who took the online course but want a more personal instruction from an experienced therapy handler, evaluator, and instructor

To find out more about these workshops, go to Pet Partners and log into the Volunteer Center. There you will be able to register for one of these upcoming workshops.

A $45 fee will be collected at the time of the workshop.

  • Putnam County on March 2nd – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • 411 Route 6N, Mahopac, NY – Church Basement
  • New York City on March 3rd – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • 120 W 97th Street, New York, NY – Community Room

Additional questions? Contact, Lisa Edwards

Bye Bye, Boo

On September 10, 2014 the final chapter in Boo’s long, courageous story came to a peaceful close surrounded by his loved ones.

On September 10, 2014 the final chapter of Boo’s story came to a close.

Lisa-and-BooIt is hard to write of something so painful as the loss of a beloved pet but the loss of Boo is not my own and that requires me to share his passing with all the people his spirit has touched. More than ten years of visiting children, seniors, adults with developmental disabilities and others makes it hard to count how many people loved him, but I know it was probably thousands.

Developmentally disabled with poor eyesight and an awkward gait, Boo was a trooper who was always game for a visit with anyone even in later years with his eyesight completely gone and arthritis making his bearing even more ungainly. Having overcome remarkable odds to be a therapy dog, Boo won the hearts of the people who knew him personally and those who read his story in A Dog Named Boo here and around the world. His fan club ranges from Russia, to South America, to Britain and back home. Boo was the clumsy black and white rescue dog who never wanted anything other than to say hello to and be loved by everyone he met (with some great butt scratches along the way) while reaching across physical limitations and political boundaries.

In both life and in death he teaches us that we are all better when we move through our days with patience, persistence and the understanding that perfect is not all it is cracked up to be—because sometimes it is in our imperfections where our greatest strengths lie.

In his work he brought joy to thousands, speech to Marc and Sister Jean, an understanding to my husband and me that we could be a family, and on the morning he left us he brought us one more gift. As our two-year-old son (who still only has only two or three reliable words and has yet to refer to anyone by name) brought all the pepperonis from his pizza-puzzle toy to Boo, who was resting on his big comfy chair, he pointed to Boo and said, “Boo” each time he tried to encourage Boo to eat the wooden pepperoni.

With this final act we knew Boo had made his mark on the little boy he had waited so long to have in his life and his job was done—he could rest without pain for the first time in a long time.

What do Steve Jobs and Boo have in common?

Just as the paperback of the best-selling A Dog Named Boo is starting to appear, the most unlikely pair ever makes an appearance on the store shelf!

Now that the paperback version of the best-selling A Dog Named Boo is starting to appear on shelves, a friend of ours sent in this photo from their local Target that made me laugh.

Steve-Jobs-and-Boo

It’s quite the juxtaposition, but it made me think about just what do Steve Jobs and Boo have in common?

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  • Boo’s certainly no computer tycoon.
  • Boo’s only interaction with an apple has been as the occasional snack treat.
  • Boo is clearly a dog and Jobs—well not so much.
  • They do both have a thoughtful kind of mischievous expression on their book covers.
  • They both have the distinguished salt and pepper thing going on.
  • They are both the subjects of best-selling books.[/unordered_list]

In short, they couldn’t be further from each other’s place in this world yet here they are together on the shelf at Target.

Funny old world!

 

Lisa and Boo were on the Marie show!

Lisa and Boo went out to California to guest on the Marie show! Here’s the segment they did!

A couple of weeks ago, Boo and I took a trip out to California.

I didn’t talk too much about why I was going – or that I was taking Boo along – but we went out because we were both going to be guests on the Marie show on the Hallmark Channel.

She read A Dog Named Boo and loved the story so much that she had to have us on her show.

Traveling with Boo was difficult and full of challenges, but I think the end result was more than worth it – and Boo looks as cute as a button!