News & Video
April 19, 2016 – Rikki the therapy dog named “Dogster Hero.”
Early spring 2016 - “Rikki the Golden Retriever: The Hardest-Working Dog in Therapy.” See more reviews of “Encounters with Rikki: from Hurricane Katrina rescue to exceptional therapy dog.”
January 2016 – A behind-the-scenes-look at the life of a therapy dog, the book: ”Encounters with Rikki: from Hurricane Katrina rescue to exceptional therapy dog.”
March 2015 – Book launch, “Encounters with Rikki: from Hurricane Katrina rescue to exceptional therapy dog.”
November 2014 – Rikki, the therapy dog who inspired the 2011 law allowing dogs in the courtroom with vulnerable victims, made the cover of The Florida Bar Journal.
April 1 2014 – Florida Governor Rick Scott signed law which expands the original legislation to allow therapy dogs in the courtroom on cases involving victims who were under 16 at the time the crime occurred, despite their age at the trial date, and also anyone who is intellectually disabled or whom the judge determines is a vulnerable witness. 2014 Law (PDF) Original 2011 Law (PDF)
February 2013 – Lauren’s Kids shares a key mission with the Florida Courthouse Therapy Dogs: helping survivors of sexual abuse. We teamed up with Lauren’s Kids to increase awareness, including organizing Animal Therapy teams across the state to participate in the Walk In My Shoes 2014.
July 10 2013 - Poughkeepsi, NY Appellate Division upholds judgment in July 28, 2011 case where a therapy dog was used to help a child testify. PDF
April 18 2013 – WCTV “Therapy Dogs Help Out in the Courtroom.” Tallahassee, Florida hosts the largest “swearing in” of court dogs in the nation: http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Therapy-Dogs-Help-out-in-the-Courtroom-203714151.html
November 2012 – Dog Assisted Therapy: Is Your Dog a Good Fit? By Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. http://thebark.com/content/dog-assisted-therapy-your-dog-good-fit