THERAPY DOG BECOMES MEMBER OF FIRE DEPARTMENT - ”Her name is Madison and she’s the Rock Community Fire Protection District’s specially trained therapy dog. She wears a blue vest and is a badged member of the department.”
A therapy dog named Madison is the latest member of the Rock Community Fire Protection District in Missouri. Madison, a Black Labrador Retriever, was trained through a group called Support Dogs, Inc. by inmates at a federal prison in Illinois. Her role is to help the fire department with public outreach and education. Here’s more from stltoday.com:
“I think this has great potential,” said Rebecca Johnson, president of the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations. “The fear of uniforms could be minimized by having a friendly dog present…”
Support Dogs uses mostly Labs, regarded as friendly dogs, sized well for people in wheelchairs and eager to work for praise…And Madison knows how to handle behavior that would scare most dogs.
“If they’re screaming, she’s fine,” Dahlkamp said. “If they’re beating on the desk, she’s fine.”
“She has had an incredibly calming effect on the kids,” Bosler said. She watched, surprised and happy, when a little girl who spent much of Madison’s visit away from the group rocking back and forth slowly made her way toward the dog, smiling as she petted Madison.
Sounds like Madison is doing a lot of good work in the community. She even has her own badge. Click here for the full story, and click here to learn more about Support Dogs, Inc. (Photo by Erik M. Lunsford)