Jaime Van Wye named Local Hero
Zoom Room Founder Jaime Van Wye is spotlighted in the April editions of several Tails magazines nationwide as a “Local Hero,” due to her work creating training materials for therapy dogs. Van Wye explains that trained therapy dogs can have a calming effect on people with diseases or people recovering from an illness.
A lot of the people I see have Parkinson’s [disease],” explains Van Wye. “But as soon as you put a dog in front of them they stop shaking. So many of them had dogs when they were younger, and you can see that they really miss their dogs—I think this helps because they provide that bond and unconditional love.”
Van Wye is happy to see the changes her dogs make, and she is even happier to see others continue her work. Many people from her classes continue with training beyond basic obedience.
Read the full article in Tails Magazine.