Myles has 1 brother, Buddy, (soon to be a therapy dog) and 3 sisters (Cambria, Layla, Jasmine). He also loves his other brother, Oakley, who is a cat (not therapy dog material).
Currently Myles works at Haywood Regional Medical Center with the Behavioral Health Unit. He has a weekly group therapy session where he teaches humans how to throw him a ball properly. Myles also works at the Haywood Public Library in Waynesville. He helps shorter humans read by staring silently at them with no other humans around. His goal is get them to read out loud for at least ten minutes so they can move on to more important things such as giving him treats and throwing him the ball.
Myles is happy to work anywhere he is invited.
Other places Myles has visited are:
- Daycare Centers
- Rehab Centers
- Nursing Homes
- Private Homes
His handler, Kristin, is also invited to speak at colleges and hospitals about the benefits of working with therapy dogs.
We are excited to announce that Myles of Smiles has been officially registered as a 501c3 Non-Profit organization. Our mission is to promote the use of therapy dogs within the mental/behavioral health community, library reading programs, schools, court systems, and assisted living centers.
Through the Paws for Reading program at the Haywood Public Library in Waynesville, NC we have seen tremendous need for therapy dogs to help children get excited about reading. A children’s book series about Myles and his adventures as a therapy dog is in the works and will be available early 2013. Our goal is create this as a series and offer it to schools and libraries across the country. Your donations can help us bring joy and happiness to many people by defraying transportation costs.