Courier-Journal, Aug. 8, 2012
Elaine Weisberg, a volunteer with Paws with Purpose, brought two golden retriever therapy dogs to St. Vincent de Paul on July 30 to give a presentation to children enrolled in a summer enrichment program called Project Possibilities. The retrievers — Oliver and Sage — delighted about 25 children and adult volunteers by following simple commands and demonstrating how they can assist their owners with tasks like opening doors, fetching items and removing their owners’ socks and shoes.
The children asked lotsof questions about service dogs and how they are trained. They took turns petting the golden retrievers. In observance of Oliver’s seventh birthday, the children sang “HappyBirthday” to the dog.“
Project Possibilities, in its fourth year, is St.Vincent de Paul’s highly successful summer enrichment program for children that includes classroom work to strengthen academic and social skills, along with activities ranging from artsand crafts, and cooking lessons to recreational programs and weekly field trips. The day camp, which meets Monday throughThursdays, is for children(ages 6-12) of families who live on the St. Vincent dePaul campus or who are clients of its programs.