Animal Assisted Therapy: Background information when reading One Night Two Souls Went Walking

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One Night Two Souls Went Walking

by Ellen Cooney

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Animal Assisted Therapy

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A person's arm attached to an IV holding a small dogThroughout Ellen Cooney's One Night Two Souls Went Walking, there are several key scenes in which our narrator – a hospital chaplain – observes therapy dogs at work. The book comments on the grace and importance of the service these animals provide for patients, from aiding recovery to providing comfort in someone's final moments.

Like emotional support animals, therapy animals (most commonly dogs and cats) can have a hugely positive effect on a person's mental health, offering patients a sense of companionship during a time of fear and uncertainty. But while emotional support animals tend to be privately owned pets that work consistently with one individual, therapy animals work with trained handlers, allowing them to assist multiple people and travel between institutions such as hospitals, care homes, hospices and prisons.

Representing a semblance of normality in an otherwise alien environment and providing a break from the monotony of clinical care, the use of ...

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