Did you know that Farm Bureau Financial Services has a few four-legged volunteer employees? Our Crisis Therapy Dog Program was introduced in 2018 and continues to grow. In the aftermath of tornadoes and other severe weather disasters, our crisis response canines and members of our Catastrophe Response Team (CAT Team), are ready at a moment’s notice. While the CAT Team gets to work assessing property and processing claims, the response canines focus on providing emotional support. Our therapy dogs provide comfort and soothe client/members – especially kids – after a natural disaster strikes.
Meet Our Crisis Therapy Dog Teams
Baylee and Josh, Iowa
Baylee is an 9-year-old Labrador Retriever. She’s a certified therapy canine who has been providing comfort to those in need for 6 years. She helps people who are experiencing fear and anxiety. Baylee and Josh are certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and registered with the US Dog Registry. In her free time, Baylee enjoys playing fetch and chasing squirrels.
Chief and Tracy, Iowa
Chief is an 8-year-oldrescued Black Labrador Retriever and has been a therapy dog for three years. He has visited high schools and colleges to help children and young adults cope with the stress of finals week, and also stops by nursing homes and hospitals for visits. When Chief and Tracy are not doing therapy work, the pair compete in AKC Obedience trials and, most recently, the AKC Rally trials last year. Chief’s lowest finish in the obedience trials so far has been third place - pretty amazing for a couple of rookies. You can also find Chief and Tracy camping and hanging out with family.
Cubbie and Theresa, Iowa
Cubbie is a 12-year-old YorkiePoo and has been a therapy dog for most of his life. Before joining for Farm Bureau’s Crisis Therapy Dog program, Cubbie visited patients at a local hospital even performing in a live dog show for children at the children’s hospital when he was just one year old! He loves to go to his family’s farm to run around and particularly enjoys car rides. When not participating in therapy work, he loves to play with his family’s cats and cuddle up with them in the sun.
Our therapy dog teams are not currently being deployed, due to social distancing restrictions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. However, each of these three teams will be ready when the time is right to help provide comfort to our client/members. In the meantime to provide comfort and a fun family activity, enjoy these downloadable coloring pages!