Purebred Puppies Bring Peace As Therapy Pets Beyond Omaha


OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – We arrived during siesta. Nine puppies, nestled on a heating pad.

“There’s Light Goldens, Goldens, and Dark Goldens, and they run the gamut in between,” said breeder Christy Brandt.

Brandt explained that the British type is known for this lighter fur. Just like mum, Dublin.

“She’s an amazing mom,” Brandt said.

Once out of their siesta, the “little ones” of Dublin cannot reach her quickly enough.

Their eyes are open, but they can’t see very far, so they mostly rely on touch and smell right now.

The puppies – who are not quite four weeks old – are all already booked.

“One is for a woman with multiple sclerosis who lives in upstate New York.

“And then the one that’s going to Uplifting Paws…a little girl that’s going to be trained and hopefully as cool as Indy,” who is Dublin’s half-sister.

An example of the difference puppies will one day make.

Indy is a full-time therapy dog ​​at the Children’s Respite Care Center (CRCC) in Omaha.

“Our main goal is just to be here and help every child learn and reach their potential,”

Carrie Kolar is Indy’s owner and director of special education.

“Some of our children will work for her,” Kolar said. “So by making good choices or being kind to others, they can buy Indy some time. That way they might come and read a book to her. A lot of times they like to brush her or teach her a trick.”

Kolar came through Uplifting Paws in Lincoln, a facility that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

Indy has been doing this for six months.

The CRCC serves people aged six weeks to 21 years, including people with very complex medical needs.

“Their temperaments are just ideal for any type of therapy, whether it’s service dog, emotional support dog, or institution dog,” Brandt said. “They love everyone.”

In addition to their purpose, Brandt’s dogs are award-winning. Through her work, she has made friends all over the world.

“A lot of my friends in Europe live in Ukraine…they are Ukrainian breeders,” Brandt said. “Two of them fled to Romania and live with my breeder.”

Because of the restlessness, Brandt calls this the “peace” litter, which is also what you feel when you hold the puppies. The people they serve will also experience this, starting late next month.

Before leaving, they will be tested on their temperament to see which will best suit organizations and families who have already been vetted.

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