True Stories of a Certified Therapy Dog – Retired but Still Inspiring
Karla Unke shares amicable experiences of Teddy who has serviced twelve years in elementary school.
Since he was only about a year old, Teddy has warmed the hearts of kindergarteners, first graders, and even adults at his local school.
With just a glance to an amiable Golden Retriever, children and adults are saved from an otherwise troublesome day. This holds true in Karla Unke’s new book. In Teddy’s Loving Care (TLC): The Work of a School Therapy Dog, the author shares the amazing true stories of Teddy, a now retired but certified professional school therapy dog at Whittier Elementary school.
Since he was only about a year old, Teddy has warmed the hearts of kindergarteners, first graders, and even adults at his local school. Whether it was school anxiety or a child simply having a glum day at school, Teddy would always be there to give smiles to every child. Alongside school counselor and his personal handler Karla Unke, Teddy created a long-lasting, profound change and security in the tiny school community.
“He would help students who were feeling separation anxiety the first weeks of school. He was also a great buffer for the students,” Unke said.
The book was displayed at the 2015 Guadalajara International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico last November 28 - December 6, 2015. Other books were also displayed throughout the event.
Teddy’s Loving Care (TLC): The Work of a School Therapy Dog
Written by Karla Wunderlin Unke
Kindle | $ 5.99
Paperback | $ 17.99
Book copies are available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and all leading online book retailers. Copies are also available at your local booksellers.
About the Author
Karla (Wunderlin) Unke has been an elementary school counselor in Clinton, Iowa since 1997. She has been the handler of certified professional therapy dog, Teddy, since 2003.
Teddy retired from his position in May 2015, but is considered to be the longest-working therapy dog in the Clinton Community School District. For more than 12 years, Karla has taught Teddy to achieve his best potential as a professional therapy dog.
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