SARASOTA – Man’s best friend also aids in health care.


Sadie, a therapy dog and her handler went through 23 different exercises to see how they work as a team and in group settings.

Therapy patient connections require dogs become re-certified every two years ensuring they are able to continue their duties.


“This to make sure the handler and the dog are appropriate to meet with patients and children without causing a risk to either dog client,” said Shiela Roberts, an evaluator at Therapy Patient Connections


Sadie, suffered an injury to her back and was paralyzed for four months, now she has gained mobility and able to be re certified.


Roberts says the handler has to be alert to the dogs needs as well as the dog alert to the needs of everyone around.