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Pet Therapy Works Wonders

New Jersey’s Expert Home Care is now offering Free Pet Therapy to its elderly clients.

Lola, a six-year-old Havanese, is now making visits with clients of Expert Home Care.

Lola the therapy dog

“We’re very excited to offer our clients a chance to spend time with Lola,” said Frank Esposito, Vice President of Expert Home Care and Lola’s owner. “There will be no cost for the visits, as there should never be for anyone who receives pet therapy.”

Pet therapy has been found to have a dramatic effect on people as it can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, raise spirits and increase self-confidence. For years, therapy dogs have been used in schools, hospitals and retirement communities to provide comfort and affection as well as entertainment and simple enjoyment.

Lola is a pet therapy professional, who has made nursing home and in-home visits accompanied by members of the Esposito family. She is certified as a pet therapy dog with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, which goes beyond basic obedience training to learning how to be comfortable in a variety of settings. She also earned her AKC Canine Good Citizenship Award, given only to dogs with very best of manners.

“Lola loves being around people, likes to be petted and has brought many a smile to those she meets,” said Esposito, who admits that his wife and two children had to convince him in getting Lola in the first place. “She is calm and laid back, but also very playful. She comes into the Expert Home Care office quite frequently and the entire staff adores her. She is a real morale booster for everyone she meets!”

According to Esposito, the invitation to spend time with Lola – 30 minutes or so of interacting with her, having her sit on their lap, and watching her dance – is open to any Expert Home Care clients who are not actively sick with a contagious illness.