Technically, the title “therapy dog” didn’t exist in the days of the American West. But after visiting the Dogs: Faithful and True exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum, you’d be hard-pressed to say they didn’t give their owners therapy. Whether it was defending their owner during a hunt or mushing across the unforgiving frozen landscape, dogs played vital roles as heroes, workers, and companions in Native American and Western Culture.
Dogs: Faithful and True is a celebration of those dogs. Through art, photographs, artifacts, and interactive experiences, visitors can learn about the history of dogs in the American West.
In addition, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet some of the Paws & Think therapy dogs! As a proud program partner, Paws & Think dogs will be visiting the exhibit one Saturday a month from noon-4pm. Those days are:
- May 13th
- June 3rd
- July 8th
Other events include dog adoption from the Indy Humane’s Pet Adoption Wagon, fun dog-related art workshops, and a talk from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine on the history of dogs in art.
To learn more about the exhibition and event times, visit the Dogs: Faithful and True event page on the Eiteljorg website. We look forward to seeing you there!
Recently the students in Ms. Whalen’s fifth grade class at Hinkle Creek Elementary School in Noblesville held a fundraiser for Paws & Think. They were inspired to raise money for the organization after Paws & Think board members Brad Kupper and Kathy Janes and their canine partners Brewser and Mater came to their classroom to share information about the organization’s mission.
Brad talked about Paws & Think’s Youth Canine Program, and Kathy educated the students about the training that is required for therapy animals. The class was very interested in the discussion that Brad and Kathy facilitated about the value of the human-animal bond and were amazed to learn that there is even scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of animal therapy. After learning more about how Paws & Think allows people and their pets to help others in need, Ms. Whalen and her fifth graders worked together to collect and donate over $500 to the organization!
Our sincere thanks goes out to the students and Ms. Whalen for arranging the visit and fundraiser!
Paws and Think dogs Murphy and Brewser participated in the “De-Stress Fest” at the IU library on the Bloomington campus on Oct. 15. The event was designed to help students manage their stress levels during midterms. In addition to the dogs, students also made their own stress balls and had the opportunity to get a massage and experience aromatherapy. Murphy and Brewser were a big hit with several students commenting how it was great to see and pet a dog, and that they missed their own dogs back home.
Paws & Think participated in the “HEUG a Dog” program at the Higher Education User Group Alliance Conference on March 18 and 19 at the Indiana Convention Center. Our dogs provided a welcome stress relief and break for the conference attendees. Paws & Think volunteers Heather Bacher, Robyn Porter, Kathy Janes and Brad Kupper told the attendees about our programs while they interacted with the dogs. Everyone had a great time, especially the dogs! In addition, the attendees were very generous in their contributions and support. Paws & Think thanks everyone that stopped by!
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