An adorable movie of a spaniel sitting in its entrepreneurs suitcase has delighted TikTok customers, with a person man or woman crafting “Oh my god my heart.”
In the online video, posted by @louisamillie and seen in excess of 1.6 million moments, the lovable canine can be found sitting down on top on her suitcase furiously wagging its tail, though the text reads “packing for uni,” with the caption “she’s coming with me xoxo.”
Consumer hollie<3 commented: "I swear spaniels are such emotional dogs."
Although we tend to associate working dogs with Labradors and retrievers, almost any breed can become a therapy dog, which differ from service dogs as they take much less training and get no special exemptions.
In a blog post on pet food Vital Essentials website, Kathleen West writes: “My three-year-old English Springer Spaniel, Charlie, and I visit our local nursing home every week without fail. We’ve formed relationships with both the residents and the staff at the home. We also work regularly with the local public library. To clarify, therapy dogs are not service animals or emotional support animals.”
She says it’s handy to train a therapy dog to learn a few tricks, including backing up.
“Whether you’re at the nursing home or in a crowded library, it’s important to make sure your therapy dog is used to backing into corners, literally,” writes West.
“At the nursing home Charlie will often have to climb under recliners and through walkers to get to his friends. Often times he will have to sit pressed right up against a bookshelf at the library.
“This may sound trivial, but being in close quarters with weird furniture and new people isn’t something we had practiced before we actively started going on visits! It took some time to get under our belts.”
She continues: “Therapy dog visits require you to be in tune with your dog. At a certain point in every visit Charlie tilts his head up at me and gives me a look that only means one thing: ‘You need to get me out of here. I’m done.’
“If Charlie gets past this point, he isn’t going to do anything bad. He just pretty much lays down and refuses to move. It’s his version of a temper tantrum. But still, I always leave before it gets to that point.”
Users on TikTok shared their own experiences of having to leave their pets and what they mean to them.
Astraeus commented: “Stop, got me crying knowing I can’t take my spaniel girl w me. Too right I will be facetiming my brother daily to show me my baby.”
Katieet1 wrote: “My dog is the reason I got a degree apprenticeship and not doing uni. I’m not even Joking”.
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