3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer

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As part of the Eden Alternative, dogs are seen on a regular basis at St. John’s Home. This year’s 3rd annual Dog Days of Summer on July 24 was yet another successful year. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds gathered with elders, staff, and family members in the courtyard for an afternoon of smiles, slobber, and sunshine. “The relationship between our elders and animals is a connection we try to maintain here at St. John’s,” explains Tracy Koflanovich, therapeutic recreation practice partner. “There are some elders who don’t seem to engage in other activities as well as they do when they can have that animal on their lap. When they can hold and pet a dog, it provides that physical memory of past animals they may have owned or had a relationship with.”