EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY & VOLUNTEER WORK
Gary Grindley: Videographer / Photographer/ Editor / Film Producer
30 years Audio/Video/Film Experience
Documentary Film Projects
Memorial Life Tributes
Wedding Reception Montages
Athletic Scholarship Demos
Multiple Camera Angle shoot capability
16 Track Digital THX Dolby Surround Sound
Therapy Dog Training and Volunteering
20 years Experience
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are Therapy Dogs the same as Service Dogs?
Not at all. Service dog training is completely different. Service dogs receive highly-specialized training to assist the visually-impaired, the deaf community, as well as certain other populations. For instance, there are even service dogs known as seizure dogs who are paired with individuals suffering from epilepsy. A seizure dog can bark and alert his owner to warn of the onset of a seizure before it happens. Really!
Therapy Dogs, on the other hand, are almost always beloved family pets. Your dog lives with you as always, and isn’t paired with a specific individual or institution. Instead, you make arrangements to visit various facilities with your therapy dog to bring warmth and affection to those in need.
Therapy Dog Venues
If you’re wondering where you can take your dog after completing therapy dog training, the list is almost endless: children’s hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, VA hospitals, home-bound elders, even rehabilitation centers.
Do some breeds make better Therapy Dogs?
Absolutely not. The only requirement is that a therapy dog be an adult, not a puppy. But a sweet, loving disposition can be found in any breed, as well as the lovable mutt. Not every dog is cut out for this work, but you should never feel limited by your particular breed or mix.
Therapy Dog Certification
Therapy dog certification is required before your dog can participate at most institutions. Pet Partners is the largest national group that certifies therapy dogs in the U.S. Pet Partners has testing facilities throughout most communities in the U.S. Your dog must receive a Temperament Test and therapy dog certification before he can start to perform therapy dog work.
About Angel Flight
Gary Grindley was an on-call 24/7 Angel Flight Critical Mission Pilot for 11 years, between 1998 and 2009. He flew over 100 missions for critically ill children and adults needing transportation to medical facilities that they otherwise never could have afforded. Gary still supports Angel Flight through consultations and memberships.
Angel Flight was created by a group of pilots who believe in the benefit of volunteering. We strive to keep all aspects of the organization volunteer. We are a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends. We will arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. This service is available to individuals, and health care organizations. We will also arrange transportation of those people who are financially distressed, or who are in a time-critical, non-emergency situation due to their medical condition.
Angel Flight primarily serves patients needing transportation to or from the heartland region. As members of the Air Care Alliance, a group of organizations providing similar services throughout the United States. By coordinating with other organizations, Angel Flight can arrange transportation for patients on longer flights to other parts of the country outside of the Heartland region. Angel Flight has also flown blood products for the Oklahoma Blood Institute and Red Cross in emergency situations. Our Patients are usually traveling for surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis, and other treatments. A typical flight may carry patients requiring treatment at M.D. Anderson in Houston or the Shriner Hospital in Galveston, TX.
Angel Flight is financially supported primarily by our pilots who fly the missions (by donating the use of their airplanes and operating expenses) and by contributions from individuals, service clubs, social and religious groups and corporations. We receive no financial aid from any government entity. There is never a fee of any kind, either to the patient or the health care provider for an Angel Flight. The volunteer pilots pay the costs.