Karma, the Dental Therapy Dog, Will Make You Smile!
November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month, a worthy campaign as so often, senior dogs are overlooked at adoption events and in shelters. One couple in San Francisco was purposely seeking a senior pet, though, and turned to Muttville Senior Rescue for the perfect one.
Debra Garrett and her husband were looking for a companion animal for Debra’s mother, who was 82 and had Alzheimer’s. Debra’s mom really wanted a dog, but Debra knew her mom couldn’t handle a dog that would probably outlive her or required a lot of training or had a high activity level. That’s why they looked for a senior dog, and they stumbled on a special little Chihuahua-mix named Karma.
When Karma was originally found by the rescue, her teeth were in such poor condition they all had to be pulled, leaving her toothless and with a tongue-always-out smile. Still, her sweet disposition was perfect for Garrett’s mother and she was adopted.
Unfortunately, not long after Karma came home, it was clear that Garrett’s mother just couldn’t take care of Karma, and Garrett and her husband were already so fond of Karma, they kept her with them. Karma just loves to be cuddled and hugged, and Garrett is so glad that she came into their lives.
The Garretts work long hours at their dental clinic, and decided that they’d bring Karma to work with them so she wasn’t left home alone so much. That turned out to be the best decision for their patients they could have made, as Karma calms patients who are not so fond of the dentist down as they undergo dental procedures.
Garrett says that Karma is the highlight of the office, and even patients who don’t think she’ll help with nerves are surprised at how much more easily dental procedures are with Karma supporting them and giving them love. When she’s not calming high-anxiety patients down, she makes sure to give her toothless smile to all the patients, and she basically fills the office with love and laughter.
Just goes to show…the dental traumas she suffered in her life allow her to be a comfort to others. Guess Karma put her exactly where she was meant to be!
[Source: The Dodo]
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