Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Dhaoibh !
A Very Happy New Year to all our Volunteers, Junior Members, Care Centre Residents and Staff, School Pupils and Teachers, Sponsors and all who supported Irish Therapy Dogs at various events held nationwide throughout 2018. We look forward to meeting you all again in 2019.
2018 was a very special year for Irish Therapy Dogs, as we celebrated our 10th Anniversary. We are very proud that the Charity has flourished throughout the 26 Counties in the 10 years, bringing countless special moments.
The highlight of our celebrations was our Anniversary Barbeque, held on September 8th at The Orchard, Home – Garden – Cafe, Celbridge which was perfect for such an occasion.
We are indebted to Proprietor Gerry Dooley for his kindness and generosity in offering us the venue.
It was a wonderful celebration of the first decade of Irish Therapy Dogs. A superb evening with beautiful music to serenade the guests and a fabulous meal to suit all palates.
There was a great atmosphere among our 300 Volunteers who attended. Everyone enjoyed meeting new friends and hearing about their visits, and also catching up with familiar faces.
Up to 60 Irish Therapy Dogs travelled from near and far and joined the celebrations with great enthusiasm, and happiness to meet their fellow canine volunteers. They behaved themselves admirably. Not a bad bark between them! ?
As the New Year approaches we look forward to expanding our service to many more Care Centres throughout the country.
Would you and your dog like to volunteer for this valuable work?
Would you like one of our Visiting Teams to visit your Care Centre?
Please visit our website, www.irishtherapydogs.ie for helpful information and to download application forms.
Irene, Volunteering with Max says, “We are so proud to be a Team with Irish Therapy Dogs and it has enriched my life personally and immensely – continually calling me to reflect on the great riches we receive each week from the people we meet”.
The Orchard Home and Garden, Dublin Road, Celbridge, Co. Kildare hosted the celebration of Irish Therapy Dogs 10th Anniversary on Saturday, 8th September 2018. Volunteers with their dogs, Friends and Supporters came from the four corners of Ireland to celebrate this milestone with a Quartet playing beautiful music, a magnificent barbeque and a wonderful evening meeting friends old and new.
Irish Therapy Dogs would like to give a Very Big Thank You Gerry Dooley, Proprietor of The Orchard Home and Garden, who is always extremely generous and supportive to our charity. Gerry, thank you so much for your generosity.
John Clarke, man of many talents, who did Trojan work setting up the venue and ensuring that everything ran smoothly. John, we Thank You most sincerely!
Fran Lawlor of Turning Tables Dining, and staff, who were so professional. The barbeque was absolutely wonderful from preparation to presentation. Fran, we Thank You, especially from all of our Wagging Tails!
Our musicians, The Quartet, added to the ambiance and set the tone for the evening of relaxation and charm. We thank each of you most sincerely.
To all of our Volunteer Visiting Teams, we are VERY PROUD OF YOU. Thank you for your loyalty and for bringing so many special moments.
Irish Therapy Dogs Junior Members Cillian, Jasmine, Sophie, Kelly, Dylan, Lucy, James and Catherine with William Connolly of Connolly’s Red Mills who Sponsor Junior Membership
Irish Therapy Dogs would like to thank Wicklow SPCA, Sharpshill for the Best Stand Award at their recent event, All About Animals on May 6th.
We were extremely honoured to receive this award.