Aby-a-Day – May 17: “Therapy is incredibly therapeutic” (Friday Flashback)

While today Jacoby is a veteran therapy cat, that wasn’t always the case.

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Everyone has to start somewhere. Jake and I started in 2010.

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First I took a class to teach me to be a therapy human.

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Then Jake and I went out in public to practice. We did the things we do now, really: went shopping, hung out at Art Beat, the usual.

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Finally, we had to pass a test that involved real-life scenarios we might encounter while on a visit.

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Our first assignment was at a nursing home in Dedham.

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It was a great facility, but it was complicated to get to without a car.

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The program director also resigned a month or so after we started, so we started going to a different nursing home.

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This one was easier to get to, but it was still a tricky commute on the T’s green line.

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It also turns out that Jake’s therapy talents aren’t really geared towards nursing homes. He’s not so much a “sitting on the bed quietly” sort of cat as some other breeds are.

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When we went to visit students in the residence hall during finals at RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design), it was clear that Jake had found his therapy niche!

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And of course, now, with our regular visits to Tufts Medical Center…

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…and special assignments, like our trip last month to visit first responders at the Boston Marathon finish line bombing, it’s clear that Jake is a consummate therapy cat!