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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Certified canine therapists visit children, elde By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor This is a story about a spe- cial group of therapists who visit the children who live at the Children's Psychiatric Cen- ter in Evansville. This is the third time the children have received these visitors at Christmas time. It's an event eagerly awaited. The names of the therapists are Essie and Trudy and Drifter -- to point out a few of them. They are dogs -- not of a special breed, but with a great deal in common. Each of them has undergone special training in the art of bringing joy and special attention to someone who needs it. They are Certi- fied Therapy Dogs -- and they carry identification to prove it. A therapy dog should be given the same kind of access privileges as a seeing eye dog, according to Linda Leiviska. Obedience club members and their therapy dogs are, from left, Becky Barrett and Uhura, Danetta Ohning and Bris- tol, Heidi McClaure and Essie, and Linda Leiviska" with Geordi, Trudy and Drifter. A resident of the Children's Psychiatric Center rubs Drifter's belly, during a Christmas time visit. Child and dog obviously enjoyed the encounter. RANEY'S SHOE STORE Serving Washington OVER 50 YEARS 320 E. Main ° 254-5591 Washington, Indiana \\; 0[ C00ristmas KofC Club Jasper, IN In Store Bakery & Deli 300 LS. E. 21st St. & Hwy. 50 East WAGNER REALTY 405 E. Main, Washington, IN Landscaping Christmas trees & Decorations Washington, Indiana DAVIESS.MAitTIN CO. REMC Specializing in "Co-op Comfort" P.O. Box 540 (Hwy 50 East) Washington, IN 47501 DAVIESS CO. ABSTRACT CO., INC. Joan Grannan, Mgr. Peoples Bank Building Washington, Indiana P=ul'. s.app00 & 701-1/2 S.W. 1st Street Washington, Indiana 47501 "(812) 254-5269 Members of Church choi "Rudolph, Reindeer. She and other Evansville have worked this unique the Members also visited the Pine Haven Evansville. distinction in tion, to young and Leiviska said are "Canine Goo' and recognized American an AKC certifie˘ can give the de quired tests. The fully are registered apy Dogs The people -- it seems bar them "owners" picture IDs for volved in homes, or other Three years learned from a Choir from Evansville was sent a the C[ took two of her the program. The choir and invited again this choir sang performed. the obedience€ dogs e: gave them answered th Linda's Leiviska was the a Christmas step deeper For more tact Linda 0785. As true we find piness, by first in our us be the g ceived.