Stella, a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has been involved in therapy work since she passed the necessary testing requirements at one year of age.
Volunteers are love in motion!
She has continued to volunteer steadily for several years with great pleasure and confidence that comes with experience. She keeps very busy in new venues with her partner, Janet, who is also the Director of a local non-profit organization, Corridor Therapy Dogs, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Stella proudly poses for her photo op.
This small spaniel originated in England during the reign of King Charles II (1660-1685). Cavaliers come in four colors, Blenheim, ruby, black and tan, and tri-color. They were a favorite of the Royals and continue to be a popular breed in the United Kingdom. Being small, portable, very friendly, and easy to train, they are perfect for going to many places and meeting all types of people.
It's fun, to be surrounded
by children and books.
Stella, even as a puppy was relaxed, patient and obedient. When making therapy visits she seems to know exactly what is expected of her. She loves children, adults, and the elderly equally. Folks enjoy holding her on their laps and she is often invited onto beds at care centers. Her sweet presence lifts spirits and brightens the days of the residents and her hospice patients.
Stella relaxes and enjoys the story.
When strutting through the hallways wagging her tail, she will stop to greet that special “someone” and knows how to make them melt and get big smiles when she decides to roll over on her back for a lengthy tummy rub!
Stella and this girl
might like to share a hug.
The R.E.A.D.® Program has been very rewarding for this team. From library reading programs featuring several dogs on a regular basis to specializing in individual sessions for schools, Stella has been fortunate to spend time with all ages of students, often working in two or three schools each school year.