AngerJuly 12, 2022
Even though my title is “Therapy Dog” and the expectation is that I comfort and care for people, I do have times when I am angry. When someone has tasty meals or ice cream or chocolate and they don’t want to share, I let them know how angry I am. When they adopted me, they said I was special! Barking and shredding toys is how I show my anger.
Do you use loud words, break things, talk to the people in cars that cut you off? Sometimes my barking scares people – I guess they don’t know that it's just words – but it is really loud. They think I may bite or hurt them – how can barking hurt? My human says that words matter, that my barking does matter and that it is hard to build a relationship if my words hurt. I’m working on “lowering my bark” and how long I bark; but the postal workers haven’t gotten through my barrier before so I still don’t know what the big deal is.
~ Foster Grant
Foster Grant is a therapy dog at Samaritan Counseling Center. He was adopted from The Humane Society of Southeast Texas in May of 2021 by Samaritan's Executive Director, Robin. Foster earned 2nd place in his Dog Obedience Training and then went on to become an American Kennel Club Registered Therapy Dog and American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen. His office duties include running security, joining counseling sessions, and reminding the humans to take their breaks. Foster enjoys going on walks with his humans, meeting new friends, and chasing ducks around the pond.