I wanted to share an experience I had with my daughter this past Easter weekend. We are a therapy team with Therapy Dogs International. My 12 year old daughter, our Standard Poodle and myself went to visit our usual Senior Living home nearby.

On this special weekend we decided to bring with us a basket with chocolate eggs to hand out. It doesn’t matter if you are 8 or 82 years old, everyone loves a chocolate treat.

In one room we visited, an elderly person was losing their eye site. Her caregiving and family in the room suggested we put our dog on the bed with her because she loves dogs. At first a little apprehensive, our dog jumped on the bed and shortly thereafter rested her had on the person’s lap. Right away I could tell it gave her much joy and her entire body seemed to relax.

In that moment, nothing could have made me feel better. There I was with my daughter, loving dog and an elderly person who was thrilled with having us there.

In this challenging time of adolescence, I found this a great way to connect with my daughter as well as teach her early on about the benefits of giving back.