Follow Willow's Journey At The Farm...
We have a new addition at Red Barn Academy - meet "Willow"...She is in training to be our new service dog. While it will be hard to replace Ruby, Willow will have her own story to tell. She is 4 years old now and doing well in her classes at the farm. Willow is a pedigreed Australian Labradoodle, bred specifically for service with her wonderfully calm temperament and sharp intelligence. Our team here at Red Barn Academy is also in training on how to help Willow do her job.
Research shows that well-trained service dogs can bring significant health benefits to the students - reducing anxiety and stress, lowering heart rate and blood pressure and even boosting natural levels of hormones that promote a sense of well-being. Her name comes from a cousin at Hazelden, a national addiction recovery foundation. Animal assisted care is part of the experiential therapy being provided here at Red Barn Academy...The name "Willow" is a reminder that the willow tree's flexible, bendable branches, are unlike any other tree and symbolize adapting with change; in some cultures, the weeping willow was planted in honor of a birth or marriage. A symbol of beauty, melancholy, and spiritual connection, according to mythology, it symbolizes deep emotions, intuition and dreaming, and it is considered a powerful spirit. It has been said that a branch of willow under your pillow at night will allow you to get in touch with your emotions and express them through vivid dreams which will grant you clarity and insight...Willow is doing great and truly living up to her name.