Wheatland Lodge Tribute
"I’m very sorry we were unable to contact you prior to Dad’s celebration of life, as you and Nike both meant so much to him. Even when he was in Emergency on Monday night, he was figuring out what day you would be coming and was sad that he wouldn’t be there to see you both. Your friendship with our Dad may have only been a few months, but you both had a huge impact on him, and I can guarantee that you are the one thing that he would get out of his room for without fail!
The opportunity to meet you in person was an honour for me (Dianne), I can’t even begin to tell you what a positive impact you have on people’s lives and your time and efforts with people such as my Dad make a difference in their lives and in their mental well-being. Nike may be a rescue dog, but she rescues people every day.
You both were very special to my Dad and we all appreciate it.”
This came from the daughter of a gentleman, that one of our handlers used to see at Wheatland Lodge, who passed recently.
Prairie Waters Elementary School
Things overheard from students at our school:
“I get to read to a real dog!”
“I can’t wait to read to the dog because it’s going to make me a better reader!”
“I want to do this every day!”
“Can I do this forever?”
“My Mom won’t let me get a dog so this is awesome!”
“Why do they call it Listening Tails and not Reading to the Dog?”
“This is the best day ever!”
“This is my favourite day of the week!”
We have been lucky enough to have The Listening Tails program at our school for three years. We have supported approximately 50 students per year. Over 150 students have had the opportunity to participate in the program.
Our students absolutely love being chosen to participate in Listening Tails; which child gets to have a coveted spot on the list is one of the hardest decisions to make. Every student who has participated in this program has nothing but positive things to say. Many students ask to partake regardless of their reading abilities. The connection our students feel towards the dog is magical.
Our school is a happier place when Shadow and Atlas are here. The dogs bring a positivity to the hallways that is difficult to describe. Prairie Waters is thrilled to have the Listening Tails program at our school and is so appreciative of the dedication and commitment that Tanya and Sheldon have for bringing them once a week from September to June.
The Listening Tails program is truly a win win situation. The students love the time they spend with the dog, the dog loves the one on one attention they receive from the student and the handlers leave our school feeling they have made a difference in the lives of a child.