Therapy Dogs

SummerHealers with Halos is a Connecticut chapter of The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. They are a 501(c)3 under the auspices of The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs.

We reach out to those who may be ill, grieving, or lonely, including their family and friends who may be helping to care for and comfort them.

Our teams work in nursing homes, libraries, veterans homes, hospitals, and other facilities, as well as with individuals at home where animal assisted therapy is indispensable.

All therapy dog classes for training Healers with Halos are held at Bolton Veterinary Hospital.

All breeds of dogs are welcome; dogs must have prior obedience training, be at least 18 months of age, and have absolutely no history of biting or aggression.

Classes are held several times per year, and require prior interview for admittance into the program.

For more information, contact:

Gail Davis, Director – 860 490 0577 – therapypoodle@gmail.com

Trip Barnett, Assistant Director – 860 539 3697 – tripster@snet.net

 

Our Founder’sĀ First Therapy Dog…

Dr. Allan A Leventhal, founder of Bolton Veterinary Hospital, served in World War II and was based in Italy and France. His original squadron consisted of 23 men. Sadly, only five returned in 1945, two of whom were POWs.

During this time, their squadron had a dog named Rowdy. Rowdy followed the squadron to different locations through the duration of their deployment. Dr. Leventhal carried many pictures of Rowdy with him. He hoped to return to the States with Rowdy, but at the time, this was not permitted.

In honor of Rowdy, Dr. Leventhal’s family named their first dog after him. We can only imagine the comfort the original Rowdy provided Dr. Leventhal and the men in his squadron. In many ways, Dr. Leventhal was a man ahead of his time, who knew and understool the love and devotion dogs are capable of giving and sharing.

Bolton Veterinary Hospital proudly honors Dr. Leventhal’s legacy today by sponsoring Healers with Halos.