|Toto the Wonder Dog warms Dad's lap.|
Photo by Pam Stephan
Seven years ago, when Dad and Toto moved in with us, the dog helped him navigate this house. She helped him learn the paths from his room to the door, to the kitchen, and to the garage. Petting her has lowered Dad's blood pressure. Feeding her is important to him. Keeping her healthy with regular vet visits and proper diet are things he's willing to help with. Toto might as well be a dementia therapy dog. She has become an important part of Dad's life as well as part of our family.
Now if we could only teach her how to shuffle dominoes ...