Freckles/A Pet Therapy Hero
In 2000 Paul Howey was hiking in the Arizona Desert and came across a small dog and her six puppies. They had been abandoned, and were near death. He adopted the dog and named it Freckles.
Mr. Howey began to realize the dog had special qualities, and got Freckles involved in pet therapy. She became a star. The dog was good with all ages, but became a specialist in Pediatrics, and visited children in hospitals in N.C. and throughout the Southeast. Mr. Howey wrote an award winning children’s book on Freckles.
We country docs had long noticed our elderly patients who owned pets seemed to do better, but in recent years studies have begun to confirm the phenomenon. If you don’t know much about pet therapy, Freckle’s story is a good place to start. She was a pro.
Recently Freckles passed away. She had done so much good work in Asheville they wrote her up in the newspaper. For some reason I was unable to get the link to work, but you can read about Freckles in the Asheville Citizen-Times, July 30, 2008 issue, or in Mr. Paul Howey’s book, “Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert.”
Mr. Howey is the editor of the Laurel Magazine of Asheville, which can be accessed on my blogroll. If you are in Western N.C., and want to know where to go and what to do, get a copy of the Laurel. It’ll point you in the right direction. (And some guy named Tom Bibey writes for his bluegrass beat, so I find it very authentic.)
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