OCEAN: There is a friendly dog named Harley, a gentle, 13-year old mixed breed Golden Chow with Corgi legs. He has been visiting adult clients who have disabilities at LADACIN Network’s Schroth Center for more than three years. Harley is a bright and beautiful certified therapy dog who works with Kindred Souls Canine Corp in Howell.
Harley was rescued from a shelter in Jersey City. He will be a contestant on TV as a Grand Finalist in The Mutt Show contest on ABC’s “The View” that will air July 18 at 11 a.m.
The ABC contest increases awareness about dogs in shelters and encourages viewers to rescue shelter dogs. The contest includes five dogs from shelters and five viewer-nominated dogs.
Harley’s owner, Carol Robertson, Freehold, nominated him for the contest. She noted his visits to the Schroth Center as well as hospice centers, the Shore Center for Students with Autism and the Early Learning Center. Carol says, “He brings out the magic in everyone”.
Schroth Center clients have great affection for Harley and held a “Good Luck Harley” rally on July 9 at to wish Harley well on his appearance on national television.
“Harley is gentle and kind”, said one client.
For another, Joe Dambrosio said, “He is an inspiration to clients. He brings lots of joys and companionship.”
Rob Ellner said, “I liked him since I met him. I see him once a week. I play with him. He is friendly.”
For Anna he is a welcome visitor whom she loves to brush and get close to.
When Harley works with LADACIN clients, they are more receptive to occupational therapy. Clients benefit from increased movement and activities they receive that is geared to sensory stimulation and cognitive enhancement. Harley helps with those ways.
LADACIN Network provides education, therapy, social, residential and support services for people with cerebral palsy and other multiple physical and developmental disabilities. Today the Agency serves over 3,000 individuals and families throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
To learn more about LADACIN Network, please visit www.ladacin.org or call Luisa Vroman, Director of Development at 732-493-5900 ext. 266.