Ninth annual graduation ceremony for pet therapy dogs - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Ninth annual graduation ceremony for pet therapy dogs

9th annual graduation. (Photo source: WLOX) 9th annual graduation. (Photo source: WLOX)
There were eight dogs in the graduating class this year. (Photo source: WLOX) There were eight dogs in the graduating class this year. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (AP/WLOX) -

The Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi held its ninth annual graduation Saturday in Gulfport for this year's class of pet therapy dogs.

These dogs have spent weeks training to be certified to enter nursing homes, libraries and hospitals for therapy.

The therapy includes everything from visiting those who are sick, to visiting children.

Each dog owner says the process is very rewarding once the dogs make someone's day.

It helps promote healing with the people. It actually heals from within. It makes them calm and relaxed. I mean, you walk in a room and a person is really sad and depressed, and by the time you walk out they're a totally different person, said Mary Pecoul.  

There were eight dogs in the graduating class this year, and a handful of other dogs getting recertified.

If you are interested in getting your dog certified for pet therapy, please contact coordinator Patsy Thomas at 228-265-0336.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Blues Over Biloxi: A complete guide to the Coast's best air show

    Blues Over Biloxi: A complete guide to the Coast's best air show

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:15 AM EDT2018-07-21 11:15:32 GMT
    The Blue Angels will perform on July 21-22 at Blues Over Biloxi. (Source: U.S. Navy)The Blue Angels will perform on July 21-22 at Blues Over Biloxi. (Source: U.S. Navy)

    Whether you're planning on watching from the coastline or from home, we've got all the details you need to know about Blues Over Biloxi!

    More >>

    Whether you're planning on watching from the coastline or from home, we've got all the details you need to know about Blues Over Biloxi!

    More >>
  • Want to watch the Biloxi air show from your boat? Here's what you need to know

    Want to watch the Biloxi air show from your boat? Here's what you need to know

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:14 AM EDT2018-07-21 11:14:44 GMT
    Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    When the Navy's Blue Angels team take to the skies this weekend, the Department of Marine Resources is expecting people to take to the water to watch.

    More >>

    When the Navy's Blue Angels team take to the skies this weekend, the Department of Marine Resources is expecting people to take to the water to watch.

    More >>
  • Nine-mile water trail now open in Diamondhead

    Nine-mile water trail now open in Diamondhead

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:11 AM EDT2018-07-21 11:11:39 GMT
    A new nine-mile water trail was opened Friday by city officials and boating enthusiasts. (Source: WLOX)A new nine-mile water trail was opened Friday by city officials and boating enthusiasts. (Source: WLOX)

    A new nine-mile water trail is now open in Diamondhead. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new trail, which is part of the Rotten Bayou watershed from Bayou Drive to Vaught Circle.

    More >>

    A new nine-mile water trail is now open in Diamondhead. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new trail, which is part of the Rotten Bayou watershed from Bayou Drive to Vaught Circle.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly