CiaoBella Labrador Retrievers
We have met many extraordinary people during our Pet Therapy visits. We visit the elderly, the sick, the dying, children at school, and perform animal assisted therapy. We do not always see the full impact of our visits, but occasionally we see miracles unfolding in front of our eyes: a child has been revived from a coma, a dying person smiling one last time when the dog caresses her, a child excited to complete his painful physical therapy just to please the visiting dog, and a little boy overcoming his sensory processing issues. These stories and experiences are at the very heart as to why we breed these special companions. In the hope that they may be your best furry companion ever, encourage you to embark volunteering as a Pet Therapy Team, and to produce dogs with highly desirable temperaments for service dog organizations.
Sybille and Mark Nelson, Troutville,Virginia
Mark and Sybille routinely volunteer in their community with animal assisted activities and therapy in class room, nursing home, and hospital settings. They support accredited Service Dog Organizations with puppy placements from their breeding program.
As a licensed Pet Therapy Team Evaluator by Pet Partners, Inc., Sybille volunteers her time to perform team evaluations in order for teams to maintain their credentials and/or to become new teams. Mark and Sybille are Pet Therapy Class instructors at Star City K9 Training Club, Salem, VA.