Those of us who own pets know they make us happy, but a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier. This includes lower blood pressure and higher levels of oxytocin, the hormone that makes us happy. Not only does it make us humans feel better, it also benefits our animals.
Credit Grace Atkins
Ann Gafke's Teacher's Pet provides therapy dog training, and works with several organizations throughout the Mid-Missouri area. Many of their members and their dogs are certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Below are some organizations that they work with:
Libraries: University of Missouri Libraries, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Missouri River Regional Library
Schools:University of Missouri College of Education, Macon County R-1 School District, Boonville R-1 School District, Jefferson City Public Schools
Hospitals: MU Health (Women's and Children's Hospital, University Hospital, Missouri Psychiatric Center), Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital, Boone Hospital Center, Rusk Rehabilitation Center