The Beginning Of Paws 2 Care
By Sherry Anderson Our Founder;
About 20 years ago I was walking in a 10 acre pasture with my dogs and got down on my knees and asked God to help me find something to do with my dogs that would give back part of what I take out of this world. A few months later I heard about a therapy test that someone was putting on. I could hardly wait to go thru the test and took 3 dogs to be tested. Soon I realized that I didn't have the temperament that I needed to do this and once again I asked the Lord to bring me the dog I needed to be able to do this. He brought me Summer my first Vizsla. She was the best therapy dog ever. I have a lot of stories about what she did to help children and adults that we visited and also how the Lord brought me other therapy dogs when I didn't think I needed them.
The lady that tested me stop doing therapy a couple of years later and I found myself with a few friends that would like to get dogs thru the test but we didn't have a testers in the area, so I did the paper work to become a tester and got approved. I have helped groups in NC. , VA , Spartanburg and Anderson get started and been a back up for anything that comes up that they need help with.
After several years I decided to give the group a name and started sending out emails about what everyone would like to call the group. We went back and forth with the logo and the group name for a year and half. We had so much fun coming up with the logo and name. Straw vote is how we came up with what we have today.
When we started in St. Frances almost 4 years ago I once again asked the Lord to bring me great teams so we could cover this visit. We now make up a big part of the volunteers going into the hospital. I love St. Frances, the staff, patients, families and the volunteer coordinator I work with. They are all so supportive and love seeing the dogs when we come in.
Paws 2 Care is the name of our local group. We are members of Therapy Dogs Inc. and this group is not about me or a couple of people. This group is about a lot of volunteers that make this group what it is today and how they bring so many smiles to all the people we visit weekly. You never know what the staff has had to deal with that day, what family members are dealing with and what the patients are going thru. Every volunteer in the group is as important as the next.
By: Anne Woodward
On Sept. 11, Dae and I were at Oakland Elementary, Boiling Springs working with Ingrid Norris, Spartanburg Humane Society. We did five presentations on how dogs are cared for when they arrive at the shelter. The kids love it, as they feed Dae, give her water, brush her, place a blanket for her to rest on down on the floor, check her temperature, heart, lungs, ears, eyes and nose, pretend to give her medications plus take her for a walk in the classroom. With one student we were walking across the classroom, turned around and Dae sat down in front of me. I encouraged the student to tell Dae lets go and Dae proceeded to walk backwards across the room. I could not resist asking if she always walked her dog backwards? This, of course, gave all the kids, second graders, a good laugh as well as the teacher. Dae adores children and thrives on the hugs and kisses during our visits.
We began our visits October, 2012 and by May, 2013 we had made over 60 visits to classrooms, career days, 4-H Meetings, a birthday party whereby gifts were for the Spartanburg Humane Society, McCarthy-Teszler School, and Dillon Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care. On June 20, 2013, Dae was awarded her AKC Therapy Dog Title—she is AKC registered as an All-American Dog. We are now attending a Beginner Novice Training Class with Palmetto Obedience Dog Club. Maybe some day we’ll be good enough to compete! All this from a dog on the verge of being euthanized but saved by being chosen for the obedience training program at the NC Prison in Spindale.
I cherish my hours with Dae as we make our visits and delight in the happiness she brings to all who meet her. We owe so much to paws2care for accepting us.
Today I saw the face of God
By: Shirley Littlefield
Today I saw the face of God, I truly did. The little girl could not have been more than four or five years old with the most precious smile and a mass of beautiful brown curls that framed her head like a HALO. She looked so small in that hospital bed, my Borzoi girl named “Pink” who is a therapy dog, gently placed her head under the little girl’s neck caressing and loving her with total abandonment.
The tiny girl wrapped her arms around “Pink’s” neck hugging her tightly. She then closed her eyes and “Pink” closed her eyes and they embraced each other for a minute or two.
No questions, no explanations, no excuses, simply pure love and respect for each other.
Is this not how our Father loves us?
Today I saw the face of God.
Today I Kissed Away His Tears
By: Pink Littlefield, The Therapy Dog
Just a little fellow, just a young boy. He had been through some type of surgery and was indeed in pain. His smile peeked through his pain but the tears welled up in his eyes, as I nuzzled him and tried to give him love and comfort. The tears came back again and I had no choice nor did I want a choice but to kiss them away with my tongue. He smiled a slight smile and fell back to sleep. I hope, dear God, that in some little way I have done my job, for indeed I am a therapy dog, but I must question for whom the therapy was. I am thankful for this blessed opportunity to give the love that you asked us to share with each other.