The Blue Giraffe Team is excited beyond words & woofs to have Therapy Dog Rikki visit the gallery on June 8, 2016 from 10:30-1:00! She will be joined by pet parents, Chuck and Patty Mitchell, and author Julie Bettinger for a book signing and “meet & greet”. You will have a chance to talk to Chuck and Patty about Rikki’s work as a therapy dog and get a ‘pawtographed‘ copy of her book “Encounters with Rikki: from Hurricane Katrina Rescue to Exceptional Therapy Dog“. Julie will be on hand to personally autograph your book, and you will be fascinated to learn about Rikki’s incredible work in the juvenile courthouse system that changed Florida Law.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy Program, in Rikki’s hometown.
“The human-animal bond has quite a storied past but perhaps fewer stories can match that of Rikki . . . It is her work with child abuse victims, however, that is her most important . . . offering them a calming presence in a difficult — and heartbreaking — situation.” – Chicago Tribune
“In Encounters with Rikki, author Julie Strauss Bettinger paints a detailed portrait of an exceptionally-gifted therapy dog named Rikki… you’ll come away from it with a renewed appreciation for the power of the human-canine bond.” – Animal Wellness magazine
Visit the Artist’s Page to read more about Rikki and author, Julie Strauss Bettinger.