At this time she comes into all individual, couples and group sessions. She is very friendly and enjoys being with people. She may greet you at the door and may escort you to the exit at the end of the session. Sometimes she will sense a mood or feeling and walk over to you to be available to be petted during our appointment. She may respond to you in other ways as well, including bringing you a toy or vocalizing to ask permission to play or requesting to sit on the seat near you. She has her leash on at all times and this is how she knows she is “at work”. Although she is attentive to the affect in each session, Stella will sometimes respond by moving towards you, sometimes moving to another place in the room and sometimes staying put in her place.
Although she will most often sit/lie quietly throughout our time together she creates a unique relationship with each person. Some people have petted her throughout a session, some have told their most difficult stories to her while I listen. Some have taught her tricks and some have picked her up when they needed physical contact. Some sit on the floor and play with her while we are talking, and some leave her completely alone.