“I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” ― W. Dayton Wedgefarth.
Studies have shown that a pet companion – mainly dogs – helps improve communication, calms anxiety and increases self-esteem. And according to the study done at Cambridge University in 2017, children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters.
Chimes Israel strives to offer our proteges the most innovative treatments and services. As part of those and due to latest researches, we offer Animal-assisted therapy in some of our establishments.
We recently witness two charming encounters between humans and dogs which underscored the power of canine-assisted therapy. The first was Noam, an autistic man with additional communication problems which led to aggressive behavior and difficulties with physical contact. Once Noam went to canine-assisted therapy, he became gentle and relaxed, set on the corner of the room with the dog and just pated him. For anyone acquainted with Noam, it was simply a sight for sore eyes.
The second encounter was with Garry. Garry is disable physically and intellectually. He is wheelchair-bound and has limited range hand movement. It is an absolute wonder to see Gerry holding the dog by the leash, being led by it, laughing loudly when ever his wheelchair moves when the dog moves, almost as if proud of his ability to walk the dog.
For people with special needs, the ability to interact with a dog, cat, (or parrot!) can have a very positive impact upon their quality of life, and we are grateful for the opportunity to grant it to them.