Animal Assistant Therapy may be incorporated as a treatment modality by both Matthew Royster, M.A., LMHC, and Valorie Royster, M.A., LMHC with client request and consent. The therapy dog’s name is Rosey and she is an Old English Sheepdog and Poodle mix, Sheep-a-Doodle. She has been trained to perform tasks by the Royster’s and Midwest Dog Training. Royster and Royster, PLLC agrees to have proof that Rosey is is up to date and current on all vaccinations appropriate for the dog.
The breed standards describe the ideal Old English Sheepdog as never being nervous or aggressive. The New Zealand Kennel Club adds that “they are sometimes couch potatoes” and “may even try to herd children by gently bumping them.” This breed’s temperament can be described as intelligent, social, adaptable, bubbly and intelligent dog. Because the Sheep-a-doodle is a hybrid it is not recognized by the AKC but is registered by the American Canines Hybrid Club. The ACHC adds that the breed has a “clownish energy.” Rosey is considered a large dog when full grown averaging about 60 to 70 pounds. She is said to have the best of both breeds and nearly 100% hypoallergenic with a soft and curly coat.
Rosey is gentle, engaging, seeking to please folks, affectionate and just plain silly. She is loyal to her handler and understands her job is to make others smile.