The Del Mar-Leucadia branch of the American Association of University Women invites the public to a presentation on “Love on a Leash” therapy dogs. The AAUW meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. A brown bag dinner at 6 p.m. precedes the meeting.
Bonnie Biggs, vice president of Love on a Leash and Professor Emeritus at California State University, San Marcos will bring her dog Koshi, a Catahoula Leopard Dog who was rescued from Hurricane Katrina when she was a year old. Barbara Laurito will bring her dog Bella who is a rescue from the Oceanside animal shelter. Both dogs are certified Therapy Dogs who visit nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, libraries and schools to provide emotional support. They put a smile on someone’s face, make their day a little brighter, or bring back a cherished memory.
Emerging research indicates that the simple act of petting a dog can lower blood pressure and change brain chemistry. Children who regularly read to dogs can improve their reading skills by up to 12 percent.
Membership in the American Association of University Women is open to all graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch reflects the varied interests of its members with informative, educational monthly meetings and special interest groups such as Gourmet, Foreign Affairs, Book Groups, Mini Courses, Gadabout, and Theatre.
Information: 760-918-6806 or www.aauwdelmar-leucadia.org The national organization, founded in 1881, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.