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Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"

by NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
my dog DIDO
my dog DIDO

I'm Eiko Kazama, President of the Japan Animal Therapy Association and Healing Salon for human and dogs(general incorporated association ).Japan Animal Therapy Association is working on the project "Turn a wild dog into a therapy dog! " The dogs that became superbly therapy dogs like Johann ,Chocolat and other dogs. They are so active and loved by many people in "Healing Salon for human and dogs"

"Healing Salon for Human and Dogs" (http://ikoi.me/) is a special facility which I established in 2012 with certain thoughts in mind. It is operated in cooperation with the Japan Animal Therapy Association. Today I will talk about why I created this place.

To begin with, I will talk about my encounter and the promise with a Golden Retriever named “Dido”, one of my dogs that died in 2011.I lived in Turkey for 25 years from 1993, and having spent almost half of my life abroad, I feel Turkey is like my second homeland. I had never had a dog in Japan before, and it was the spring of 2005 when I welcomed a Golden Retriever called “Leo” who was just a 50 days-old puppy(currently 14 years old) in Turkey for the first time in my life.

At that time, I was taking a strong steroid medicine for a kidney disease (now a disease designated as an intractable disease). The doctor had been telling me that I might need dialysis in near future. In such a situation, I decided to realize my longing dream to have a dog in my life. It was strange to think so! I went to the pet shop and met the 50 days-old puppy there. I liked him instantly with just one glance and decided to have him. It was Leo!

However, before having him, I asked myself if I could bear the responsibility to take care of him until the end. I read that a Golden Retriever costs at least 40,000 dollars during a lifetime.I had looked up in internet so many times and did lots of reading that emphasized the need of understanding why it must be a Golden Retriever and not another kind of breed. The more I knew about a Golden Retriever, the more I wanted to spent time with such a dog!!

The 50 days-old Leo was adorably cute and small, and I was crazy for him.At that time my daughter was 8 years old (She also longed for a Golden Retriever)and to her, Leo was just like her little brother!I never knew such a cute thing existed in this world; life was totally changing! I hadn’t even known the name “Golden Retriever” before,but I became fascinated by this beautiful and elegant animal covered with golden hair, and I realized the greatness of the dog!

As you may or may not know, there are many street dogs in Turkey.I had been scared of street dogs before, but after having Leo, I felt sympathy for them. I had a strange feeling, thinking that "they are same as Leo, they were also cute puppies."Eventually, it became a daily routine for me to go and feed them and donate food to dog shelters.In Turkey, it is a kind of a status symbol to keep a large sized dog, hence many Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds are bought, but then often abandoned because people are not able to pay for the costly dog food as the dogs grow large. Turkey is an Islamic country, so they do not kill dogs like Japan, but instead many dogs go to dog shelters or spend their all lives in streets as wild dogs.

In Spring of 2006 I went walking with Leo, when we met a pure female Golden Retriever named “Dido” who was kept at a construction site. Probably she was caught when she was wandering around. I visited her everyday with Leo and became a good friend. A few days later, I negotiated with the workers at the construction site and paid 800 dollars to take Dido. Come to think of it, it was quite an expensive amount in Turkey! Dido was a very clever, strong, and kind dog. Sometimes she looked sad; perhaps because she was abandoned. Of course, she could not talk to me until the end, but she was a very kind dog and friend to me all the time.On the following year of April 1st, 2007, seven puppies were born between Leo and Dido.Sherbet and Pon were also one of those puppies and became the main members of "Healing Salon for Human and Dogs"  a few years later.

The Great East Earthquake of March 11, 2011 was the day when 5 years ago Dido came to our house. At that time of catastrophe, I first learned about the Animal Assisted Activity. I thought it was amazing how a dog can heal a person! I thought vaguely that Dido, who always quietly and gently cuddles and who know sadness, would definitely become a therapy dog!

However, that summer I had to stay in Japan for a month for the preparation of my daughter's high school exam, and Dido died the day after I returned to Turkey at the end of August.Dido had stayed at a dog training center where they frequently took care of my dogs. When I brought her to the Vet, she was at her last gasp. I didn't know the cause of her death. I didn't understand why Dido had to die or why she had to die then, and I almost became Pet loss.I spent every day crying until the forty-ninth day of her death. Some people gave inconsiderate words that told me. I didn’t have to be upset because I had three other Golden Retrievers! But that was not the point! I thought no one could understand me at that time.

After the forty-nine days, my tears have dried up and I was able to calm down a little. At the same time, I became able to thank to Dido for teaching me how wonderful a dog is!And I remembered.... before Dido died, she stared at me and as if she said, "Thank you mom, you will do your best for the dogs even if I'm gone." Then I understood that I cannot just cry but look forward and try something for the dogs and do something! This is a promise between me and Dido!! That's what I thought.I noticed that my kidney had also cured, which may have been thanks to the dogs. The doctor told me that it was miraculous.

In the fall, I checked various animal therapy associations and contacted the one called “Japan Animal Therapy Association,” and decided to get a qualification as an Animal therapist.I wanted Dido to become a therapy dog, but it did not realize, so I hoped her daughter Sherbet to become one!I hoped to spread therapy dogs all over Japan and all over the world! Creating a space where everyone can touch the therapy dogs, (usually the therapy dogs visit the facility);where people and dogs can touch and be healed!!

I believe that you can do things which you cannot do alone, if you work with a solid organization. So, I believed in the Japan Animal Therapy Association, and with the help' the general incorporated association “Healing Salon for Human and Dogs" was founded in 2012. We started with a small room at first, then we renewed it 3 years ago,and now it is enlarged to a place with a deck.At that time, I had never thought that I would become the president of the Japan Animal Therapy Association. Fate is unpredictable!

In 2015, I brought Leo, Sherbet and Pon from Turkey to Japan.In Japan, Sherbet successfully passed the therapy dog exam! She even visited a palliative care unit of the National hospital.Then I thought street dogs may also become therapy dogs!I had rescued 5 abandoned street dogs in Turkey and were looked after by the trainers. I decided to bring them to Japan.They were: a Kangal mix dog Balkiz, Tilki , Tarcin, a Golden Retriever Johann, and mix dog Chocolat. (You can see each of their stories from the top page of “Ikoinobasho http://ikoi.me/”). Each of them has grown and become a great respectable therapy dog!!

The tomb of Dido is still in the corner of a Turkish dog shelter.Since it is a grave where over 100 dogs are sleeping and 5000 dogs live, I think Dido does not feel lonely either.I always talk to the photo of Dido:My lovely Dido, it was a short time, but I was happy to be with you! As I promised, mom is working hard for the dogs! I’m working hard on both"Animal Therapy Association"and"Healing Salon for Human and Dogs." I hope you watch over the success!

I am here now because I met Dido. I will try my best to spread the idea of therapy dogs even if it may not be an easy journey. My dogs have really changed my life!I would like to share with you some of the miraculous power of dogs that will change YOUR life.

Thank you for reading!

Eiko Kazama
Japan Animal Therapy Association(JATA)
C.E.O

DIDO
DIDO's daughter Sherbet
Tarcin&Tilki~turned to therapy dog from streetdog
Tarcin&Tilki~turned to therapy dog from streetdog
Irem Usar: General Manager in Istanbul HQ
Irem Usar: General Manager in Istanbul HQ

Hello!
Thank you for always providing us warm support for JATA’s “ Stray Dogs become therapy dogs “ project.This time we will introduce our activity and new future project at Istanbul Head quarters in Turkey!! Yes ! Our association has Animal Assisted Activity not only in Japan but also abroad where 8,800km far from Japan !!

General Manager in Istanbul Head quarters, Irem Usar is child writer and she dedicate her almost life to animal rescue and animal assisted activity.She has two Labrador Retrievers named Poka and Luka, Poka was rescued from bad breeding environment and Luka also was rescued from shelter almost 1 year ago.Both became fine therapy dog now thanks to Irem.They are certificated by JATA.They mainly visit to elementary school.Children play with Poka and Luka, read books with them, Even the child who was scared of dogs at first gets used to it.Poka and Luka are working hard, Luka is beginner of therapy dog! Poka teaches him very kindly.

Irem says,since 2017, we have a class in schools, called “Discover Dogs”. In this class, we tell the kids about dogs, we try to make them love animals and therefore nature. Besides, we volunteer counselling for the “A Shelter Dog for Our School” project, which will take place in a public school in Istanbul.

There are nearly 150,000 stray dogs and an average of 40 shelters in Istanbul. We want to establish a “Children and Dog House” to bring shelter dogs and children together. Since 2017, we have owned two shelter dogs and trained them as Therapy Dogs. Poka and Luka, are certified by the NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association.

Near future, we want to add new shelter dogs to our team and have a “Children and Dog House” center where we can improve our work.What are we going to do at the “Children and Dog House”?
- We will advise families of autistic and special needyhandicapped children who want to adopt a dog and we will select the appropriate dogs from the shelters, adopt and train them. Dogs will be certified by NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association.
- We will help children who are afraid of dogs to overcome their fears.
- We're going to have a children's literature library corner. We will meet children who have difficulty reading or who do not like reading, with “Library dogs”.
- We'll do Workshops:
- “Through My Dog's Eyes” workshop, which includes games that enable children to approach dogs empathically,
- “I Became The Vet” workshop, where children found and listens to the hearts of dogs and discuss the feelings and needs of theme.
- “Leadership” workshop, where children learn the importance of the body posture, tone of voice in communication.
- “Children and Dog House” will be open to school visits.


I will do my best to realize the project!!!

Please look forward to the success of Istanbul head quarters of JATA.

Resources
pokaileterapi.blogspot.com.tr
instagram: pokailekopeklerikesfet

Project Leader
Project leader Irem Usar, is the author of children's books.
http://gunisigikitapligi.com/kisiler/irem-usar/ 

therapy dogs "Poka and Luka"
therapy dogs "Poka and Luka"
AAE at elementary school
AAE at elementary school
AAE at elementary school.
AAE at elementary school.
AAE at elementary school
AAE at elementary school
therapy dog "Poka"
therapy dog "Poka"
therapy dog "Luka"
therapy dog "Luka"
Chocolat ~ From a Stray dog to a Working dog
Chocolat ~ From a Stray dog to a Working dog

Hello! Thank you for always providing us warm support for JATA’s “ Stray Dogs become therapy dogs “ project.This time we will give a report of a Therapy Dog named Chocolat ( Mixed Dog).

As we mentioned before, Chocolat was a stray dog in Turkey until she was rescued and came to Japan two years ago.Chocolat had faced plenty of difficulties until she was rescued. However, after she came to Japan she was protected and she received lots of love from many people. Now she is a popular therapy dog in “Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs” (http://ikoi.me/). This is where people can interact with different therapy dogs.

A variety of people come to this salon every day; people who like dogs, those who want to spend a relaxing time with dogs, those who want to heal their mental or physical fatigue,those who are suffering from pet loss and have mental illness, and those who want to enjoy the time with their family or friends, are few examples.

Each person has their main purpose to visit the salon. Therefore, the therapist and therapy dogs need to act and respond according to their needs.Chocolat does not act according to the order of the therapist, but instead she judges herself and acts with her own decision as she carefully observes the person that needs her. Chocolat is never shy when she meets a new person. She is always welcoming with a smile.

People who suffer from serious mental illnesses also visit the salon. Chocolat gets close to them and comprehends their feelings.People who have human relationship or job problems and who are mentally unstable or depressed also visit the salon.

At the beginning they have no facial expressions, but as they touch and interact with Chocolat, who accepts everybody no matter who, they feel “I am welcomed! She remembers me!” and they express their joy. That experience leads to their self-confidence, and many become frequent visitors of the salon. As a result, they regain their joy of living.

We have seen many people recover their mental and physical health, that did not improve by the hospital treatments or medicines, by the endless healing power of dogs.

The other day, Chocolat was introduced as a “working dog” in a reputed animal program of NHK TV(Japanese public broadcasting station).In Japan, the animal therapy has been notably picked up in the media in recent years and though its awareness is gradually increasing, it is currently not popular yet.

To know the activities of the therapy dog via mass-media is an occasion to become familiar and understand clearly what Animal Therapy is.We believe that if many people understand the possibility of the infinite healing power of a dog has, it will widespread the name of therapy dogs.

Thank you for reading !

Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Salon for Human and Dogs
Chocolat
Chocolat
Chocolat
Chocolat
Animal Assisted Therapy at palliative care unit
Animal Assisted Therapy at palliative care unit

Thank you for your warm support for JATA 's "Stray Dogs become Therapy Dogs“project.

This time we will report on the recent status of Johann, a Golden Retriever who was a wild dog in Turkey until three years ago.

Johann always works as a therapy dog at the “Healing & Recreation Center for Human and Dogs," (http://ikoi.me/) a salon where you can interact with the therapy dogs.

 

Animal Assisted Therapy at palliative care unit

On November 30th, we went to the Palliative Care municipal hospital in Fukuyama(Hiroshima prefecture) for an animal therapy visit.Visit to a hospital of palliative care was the first experience for Johann.We received a great welcome from doctors and nurses there.

In Japan, considering the risk of infections and accidents by animals, it is still difficult to put dogs in hospitals. Therefore, animal therapy in hospitals does not spread easily.However, at this hospital in Fukuyama, we hoped to give the patients of terminal care a peaceful time and decided to introduce this animal therapy.

Four patients received animal therapy this time.Johann was calm even at a place he came for the first time, following the directions of the animal therapist, and was cable to safely interact with the patients.The patients showed gentle smiles and we received such words as "I don’t feel much pain now". Doctors and nurses also said, "We always see the patients looking painful, so being able to see the patients’ smile made us very happy. We were able to again experience the power of the animal therapy.

 

Johann’s 5th birthday

Johann celebrated his 5th birthday in December (Estimated age for wild dogs) at the "Healing & Recreation Center for Human and Dogs".Many people came to celebrate him.Johann, once a wild dog, has received plenty of affection and became to trust people. Now, as if in return, he gives courage and hope to those who have heart diseases or are in need of warmth.

A year ago, a girl who was depressed for a certain time and disliked dogs visited the "Healing & Recreation Center for Human and Dogs" with her mother. Johann cuddled closely to the girl, giving her comfort and sense of security, and that gradually changed her. She began to go out on her own to meet Johann, and amount of medicine decreased and now she is able to go to work. We cannot underestimate the healing power of the dogs.

For this power of the dogs to be acknowledged by more people, we will continue what we have been doing, with the animal therapy dogs.

 

Thank you for your and understanding and cooperation.We really appreciate it! 

Johann
Johann's birthday
Healing & Recreation Center for Human and Dogs
Healing & Recreation Center for Human and Dogs
Peace with other male dogs
Peace with other male dogs

Hello, Thank you for your continuous support for our therapy dogs.

Today I'd like to introduce the growth of Peace about his socializaion!

 

Peace is a boy, and the breed is miniature schnauzer. He was used to be a family dog, but the owner died suddenly and the owner lived alone, then Peace and the other dogs left in the house. They were lucky, and rescued before the worst story was occured. But he and his friends were too thin. If the discovery became a little bit later, it is not strang the all dogs died for hunger. They were really lucky.

Anyway, now Peace is living peacefully in our association.

But Peace had a big problem about the socialization; he didn't like the other male dogs!

Peace is very friendly toward human, but once the other male dogs came to Peace, he got angry. He was not good at spending time and spaces with othe male dogs. This was a big problem to train him to a therapy dog.

 

Then a little by little, our association' trainers gave him many experiences to spend with the other male dogs friendly. Of course the training should not be just a stress to Peace, then in the long term, we trained Peace socialized.

Finally, now he never get angry to the other male dogs in the same space! It was very big progress for him. 

Also, it is very warm story but he loves puppies. If there are puppies in the room, he is always with them, take care of them, and teach them many things, like he is their father :) When our staffs see the scenen, our hearts become so warm, and know how a kind dog Peace is. 

We think Peace is becoming a great therpy dog. 

 

Thank you,

Peace with other male dogs
Peace with other male dogs
Peace with other male dogs
Peace with other male dogs
Peace
Peace
 

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