Just recently, the Bloomer Police Department welcomed Keeta, a former stray dog, as the first-ever therapy and emotional support dog of the task force. And of course, she is very excited to start her duty, meet lots of new people, and receive pets and love from everyone.
But before Keeta became a therapy dog, she was abandoned and alone. According to Sergeant John Beyer of the Bloomer Police Department, Keeta was actually first called in as an animal at-large in the city.
Thankfully, Keeta was given a second chance to live her life and to be of service in the fulfillment of others. She underwent training to be a therapy dog and when it was time for her test, it was safe to say that she passed it with flying colors. From walking through a crowd of people and avoiding distractions to sitting with Sergeant Beyer to read a book while there were kids in the background, Keeta was able to breeze through.
But aside from providing emotional support to the task force, Keeta is also now going to be responding to student needs. Brian Misfeldt, Bloomer School District superintendent, talked with other districts and discovered that onsite therapy dogs were not an uncommon sight in schools. In fact, they were part of the students’ daily programming and help a lot in keeping them feel safe and secure.
And when Brian was specifically looking for a therapy dog to bring in the Bloomer School District, Keeta happened to have just received her certificate which was just great timing. Also, in addition to responding to student needs, the Bloomer Police Department hopes that by having Keeta around that children will feel more comfortable interacting with them.
Keeta whose name means blessing is definitely seen as one by the whole police department and the community. And we hope to see her grow more as a therapy dog.
Source: Facebook via Bloomer Police Department