Shuly and Kibbi Visit Adult Day Services

This week, Shuly took Kibbi to Adult Day Services to meet with clients and staff. Kibbi loved meeting all the new people, and everyone was warm and sweet to her. Clients swapped stories about dogs in their own lives, and Shuly talked about her adventures with Kibbi. Shuly became a trained therapy dog handler in the spring, but Kibbi has been working as a therapy dog for years. This was…Keep Reading

Grief Resources Available at the Mall’s Health Resources Center

We have been fortunate to partner with a new venue where community members can access some of our grief resources. The Health Resources Center at the Mall of Johnson City is now offering our free Finding Hope booklet series, aimed at supporting anyone who has experienced a loss. The Center also has information about our (free) community grief support group and our Healing Hearts monthly outings group. Thank you to…Keep Reading

Camp Courage Helps Kids on Their Grief Journey

Healing from grief is a journey, but it can be made an easier one. This week, a group of children participated in Camp Courage, a grief camp aimed at helping kids process grief. The campers played games, each created a memorial lantern, and learned about ways to cope with their emotions and stress. Kibbi, the Morris-Baker therapy dog, also spent the day with the kids. Interacting with therapy dogs can…Keep Reading

More Grief Support Resources Now Available at Johnson City Senior Center

The death of a loved one—spouse, parent, child, grandparent, other family member, or friend—can be difficult. Morris-Baker’s “Finding Hope” booklet series is aimed at supporting anyone who has experienced a loss. This series, authored by Dr. Troyer, is now available, for free, at the Senior Center to any community member. These booklets can provide comfort, hope, and information about common grief reactions and responses, strategies for helping yourself, as well as…Keep Reading

Because Sometimes We All Need a Piece of Cheese

(Reposted from the Johnson City Press, Community Voices, May 7, 2017 by Shuly Cawood) The problem was the cheese. Recently, I enrolled in an advanced therapy dog class with my little brown dog, Kibbi. The class goes beyond just the typical obedience commands — sit, stay, come. It prepares dogs and their dog handlers to go into public and community facilities — schools, nursing homes, hospitals — and to be…Keep Reading