Shannan Koucherik: Pearce’s great column |

Shannan Koucherik: Pearce’s great column

To the editor,

I usually enjoy Stephanie Pearce’s column, but this week’s entry really hit home. The dog she and her family visited was Kandu, who with his owner Ken Rogers, is part of a seasoned Heeling Friends therapy team working in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms and other places where pets can bring peace and comfort to hurting people. The Steamboat Springs program was started in the 1990s by retired nurse Valerie Appell who understood the value of the human animal connection

I was privileged to be the first to certify Kandu and Ken as a therapy team and have enjoyed watching them work over the years. Therapy animals do have special gifts that are extremely helpful in emotional and physical stress situations.

Hopefully, more therapy teams will certify and work in Moffat County as they do in Routt. Thank you, Stephanie, for giving Kandu and Ken a well deserved pat on the back.

Shannan Koucherik

Honey Rock Dogs


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