I recently met up with Doug, the Pug Therapy Dog, to discuss his busy life as a volunteer for ‘Pets as Therapy’ (PAT), being a reading dog and the publication of his first book ‘Doug the Pug – A Working Dog’s Tale’.
‘I’ve been a ‘Pets as Therapy’ Dog since 2011 and I really enjoy it,’ woofed Doug. For Doug to become a Therapy Dog he had to be examined by a PAT certified temperament assessor to check he had the right nature and temperament for the job. He visits people in care homes, hospitals, hospices and schools in the Buckinghamshire and Greater London area.
Doug enjoyed his job so much that he went on to be approved for the ‘Pets As Therapy READ2DOGS’ scheme as a Reading Dog. Doug works with children in schools where the children read to Doug. ‘With me by their side the children feel safe and secure when reading to me. It helps them to build confidence, see school as a positive environment and helps to draw out any problems they may be having,’ Doug barked.
Doug’s first publication is ‘Doug the Pug – A Working Dog’s Tale.’ Although if he’s honest he had rather a lot of help from mum, Cate Archer. The book is primarily aimed at Junior School children, but really anyone with a love of dogs and animals will enjoy following the story of Doug’s adventures as a PAT Dog.
The book is beautifully illustrated, colourful and fun! Each double page spread is a complete story so you can dip in and out of the book as you like. There is a glossary at the bottom of each page where a potentially tricky word is highlighted with a little paw print.
‘Pets As Therapy’ will receive all royalties from every one of Doug’s books purchased. You can purchase a copy of ‘Doug the Pug – A Working Dog’s Tale’ from Amazon
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about Pug’s adventures. The book is a great resource for other PAT reading dogs and a pawfect doggy stocking filler for Christmas.
Woofs Frodo – BB Editor