Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 12, 2012 @ 8:29PM
Created on April 12, 2012 @ 3:57AM
A couple walking across America with their two dogs made a stop at the Genesis Youth Crisis Center in Clarksburg on Wednesday. They're doing it all representing the nonprofit Possibilities Unleashed, a group that does a lot like training household pets, all the way up to service animals. They've made it their mission to show that dog is indeed man's best friend.
They started in Delaware and will end 2,800 miles from now in California. They're stopping at hospitals, nursing homes, schools and more to share their certified therapy dogs with the rest of the country.
Pet therapy has proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, speed healing and just from petting a dog, you release endorphins.
The couple has always been into volunteer work and during these comfort visits, they encourage kids to follow their dreams. They explain to them what pet therapy is and why they've decided to take all this time off to walk across America. As for them, they're restoring their faith in humanity. They say in the early stages of their journey they were reminded there's still good people in the world.
"We've been humbled by people's generosity. I mean within the first 10 miles of our walk we had been offered six places to stay for the night. People have just really overwhelmed us with their kindness and generosity so we've already gotten what we were hoping to take away from it," said John Seyal.
Kait and John says no one is ever short on questions, so they know folks of all ages get something out of meeting with them and their four legged friends.
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Apr 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM
I met these wonderful people and their beautiful dogs in downtown Clarksburg today. I wish them luck on their journey.
Apr 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM
www.dogblogusa.com is the web site to follow John and Kait's Dog Walk Across America as they spread dog love and raise awareness for pet rescue/adoption and the value of pet therapy