Caring Companions

Peata were honoured and proud to feature in a recent article in the Irish Independent newspaper on roles animals play in the lives of humans. Bernadette Brady described the impact the Peata visiting team has on her visits with her mother. She is pictured with Orna, Cally and Kizzie who visit with Joan Courtney and Monica Waldron. Bernadette was also thoughtful (and talented!) enough to express her feelings in verse and allow Peata to share them with you. Please ask permission before sharing them further.

To read the article in full follow this link http://www.independent.ie/life/irish-people-gush-about-their-canine-companions-30454729.html

To read Bernadette’s poem, I am your Dog, click I AM YOUR DOG poem

Peata’s Wild Friends!

Peata supports the rightful place of all animals in our communities including those who share our wilder world. Brendan Walsh is a keeper we meet on our Peata visits to Dublin Zoo – he works with the Elephants at the moment and is studying their sleep patterns. Aside from this, he is very interested in gorillas and visited them in Africa last year.

Below is a message from Brendan and a link if you wish to find out more and/or support him. Looking forward to seeing you at the Peata Zoo Visit on 17th August, Brendan! Good luck with the training!

Hi there,

I’m trying to make a difference and support The Gorilla Organization – a cause I really care about. I am going to run the Dublin half marathon in August and the great gorilla run in London in September!

My goal is to raise £400 to help them continue their important work, and I’d really appreciate it if you could help by sponsoring me through my Supporter page.

To give to my page, or to read more about why I’m doing what I’m doing, please visit:

https://gorillarun2014.everydayhero.com/uk/brendan-walsh-s-great-gorilla-run

It would also be great if you could spread the word about what I’m doing by sharing the link above with your friends and family. The more people that know, the more money we can raise!

Thanks in advance for your generosity – it means a lot!

Brendan

Peata Walk 2014

The Peata walk on 6th July was a great success! An article is to follow, but in the meantime you can admire the walkers in the Gallery below!

Positive Pets

Pets can have a wonderful impact on a young person’s life. And it doesn’t need to be canine or feline, writes Amy!
“My pet is a goldfish. It is called Bubbles. My pet helps me by calming me down when I am angry because it swims around the tank really slowly. It is just so calm and gentle. Another way it helps me is how soothing it can be because they don’t really do much. My goldfish is also really round which makes me laugh when I’m sad!”
Does your pet have a positive impact on your life? If so send a picture and a short article topeatapettherapy@gmail.com and you may be featured here soon!

Experiences of a Visiting Team

I started visiting St James Hospital Residential Units in January 1999 with my tri coloured collie Joy. This Unit is for long-term patients. Joy was a lovely gentle dog and the residents loved her visits. One Lady who never spoke to anyone started to talk to her. In 2003 there was great excitement with Joy getting a Caring Pet award. In 2005 Peata got permission to travel on the Luas and she went on her first trip in July of that year.
When Joy got older I took Jack a Ruby Cavalier on alternative weeks and he enjoyed any treats he got from the Residents or their visitors. My current dog visiting is Connie, a Black and Tan Cavalier, who has been visiting since 2010.
Freckles a springer spaniel passed the assessment recently and will share the visits with Connie in the summer. Connie loves attention. She is very affectionate and one Resident said “Connie made her day”. Its great to see people enjoying the dog’s company and some doctors even say “A dog is a good prescription” – as blood pressure and heart problems and other ailments are said to improve in the company of a dog. The Nurses over the years have been very helpful and I think everyone has enjoyed the visits, especially the dogs with all their treats!

Helen James

If you and your dog visit with Peata and would like to share your experience please email peatapettherapy@gmail.com. We’d be delighted to hear from you!

Pet Therapy goes to University!

On Thursday April 24th I was asked to participate in something completely different. Stephen Garry, the Student Welfare Officer in Trinity College had asked Peata to organise a session in the university to de-stress the students before their end of term exams. This was something that had been previously tried in American and Canadian universities, and had proven to be very popular and helpful to students there. The Trinity Student Union and The Student Welfare Officer went about organising a similar event.

I had no idea what to expect, but Joy, my flatcoated retriever and I set off on the bus and arrived at Trinity at 12 noon. I had wondered if anyone would turn up, but I needn’t have worried, because when I got to Front Square there was already a large queue forming outside House 6 where the students were to meet the dogs. Altogether there were about 15 Peata dogs, ranging in size from Joe Treacy’s three very large Leonburgers down to Joan Courtney’s papillon, with dogs of all shapes and sizes in between.

The students who organised the event were terrific. There were student representatives all around the campus to direct participants to the venue, with more representatives from the Student’s Union on hand to organise the huge crowd. They were very attentive to the needs of the dogs, their owners and the students, who were let in in small groups with each group allotted a 10 minute session. The dogs really enjoyed all the attention. Some students were immediately very comfortable with the pets, while others took a little time to connect, but all were welcomed enthusiastically by the canine participants. It was interesting to see which students were attracted to which dogs. While the huge gentle leonburgers attracted a lot of attention, many were happy to get down on the floor to pet and be slobbered over by the slightly smaller dogs, while others preferred to spend time with the dogs who were sitting quietly with their owners, with James Wade’s Japanese Spitz receiving particular attention.

It was a very worthwhile and enjoyable afternoon, and the feedback from the students was extremely positive. Whether it will have helped them in their exam preparation remains to be seen – we certainly hope so! Joy was exhausted by the end, and slept the whole way home on the bus. I hope that the Welfare Officer will have considered it an event worth repeating in the future. The students were asked to make a voluntary donation, and the money  collected made a very welcome contribution towards the running costs of Peata.

All Peata members, canine and human, wish the students well in their exams and a stress-free future!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pig0Bb4riY&authuser=0

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Peata Christmas Carol Service

The Peata Carol Service held in Christ Church Cathedral on the second Tuesday in December is what marks the start of Christmas for many of us.

Our uniforms are checked and our hair both human and doggie is brushed. We have alerted the centres we attend so that if feasable they do not miss this wonderful occasion when Christ Church is filled with a most enthusiastic congregation.

All the lovely old Carols are sung with great gusto with a bark or two now and then to add to the melody.

We enjoy the traditional Christmas readings many of them read by members of Peata.

Perhaps the highlight of the service is the blessing of the dogs and indeed their minders feel blessed too.

I feel that the dogs know that they are in a special place and are on their best behavoir. Things may become a little unruly when the service is over and we can relax with a very welcome cup of tea or coffee and a delicious mince pie but who can blame them when they have been so good and there is food around!

This annual Carol Service is a great opportunity to get together with friends, supporters and those we visit who so enjoy the dogs both big and small who do this valuable work.
Long may it continue.

Suzanne Hayes and Rhea

Pets from all over the country flocked to cathedral for special blessing and choir service.

It was a day for the dogs as a host of cute canines took over one of the country’s most iconic cathedrals.

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin was over run with up to 100 pooches, of all shapes and sizes this afternoon – and they even got their own special blessing.

It was a carol service with a difference as proud owners and 300 church goers turned out, accompanied by the well behaved dogs.

It is the seventh year of the annual Peata Carol Service, which raises vital funds for the animal welfare organisation.

Familiar Christmas songs rang out throughout the huge church with some of the guest pooches putting on their best barks to accompany the familiar hymns.

Later, the dogs and their owners were invited up to the altar where they were given a very distinctive blessing by the Dean who asked God to watch over the beloved pooches and their owners for the year ahead.

Among the stars of the show at today’s service was Great Dane Bobbi, who stands at an enormous six foot five when he is on his back legs and tinsel wearing Boxer Bruce, now eight years old.