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October 27, 2013

Fuzzy co-workers: Pets at work perform important roles too

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Corsicana — Toby and Clyde, TriSun Care Center

Toby, the English retriever, and Clyde the chinchilla, work at TriSun, the nursing home on West Highway 22. Toby comes to work each day with his owner Julie Glaze, director of therapy, and Clyde lives at the center.

“Clyde is pet therapy. The residents look at him and pet him. He doesn’t bite, and he’s really, really soft. He’s cute,” Glaze said. “Toby comes once or twice a week.”

Toby is working on getting his certification as a therapy pet and Julie is working on her pet assisted therapist certification, so they can go into hospitals, children’s wards and nursing homes.

“He’s been coming since he was a puppy and the patients want him to be here,” Glaze said. “They get to pet him. He’s very loving. Pets just seem to brighten their day, whether it’s a part of therapy or or he just goes to visit them.”

Clyde is an unusual pet for a nursing home, since most tend to offer fish or caged birds. But like all chincillas, the selling point for Clyde is his luxuriously soft fur.

“They’re more for peopel who live to have them around,” Glaze said. “It’s just a bright spot in their day for the people who live here. A lot of them had to give up their pets, so this is a good distraction for them.”

Jetta, Rogers Animal Care Clinic

Although not technically someone’s pet, Jetta the blood donor dog at Rogers Animal Care Clinic, would like to be.

Jetta is a black lab who was rescued from the local animal shelter in 2007, she was born in 2005. Extremely playful, friendly, active, healthy, and very well-maintained, since she has a full-time staff waiting on her. She loves other dogs and kids, and is leash-trained, according to Allison Jordan, with Rogers.

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