Saturday, March 16, 2019

Books, Balloons, & Birthdays

Books, Balloons, & Birthdays

Vincent's career is going very well! While these blog posts are more on the seasonal side, you can always follow us on your favorite social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr) to keep up to date on our adventures.


Coosa Valley Fair 


Vincent looking up at a photo of him
Vincent pondering his photo

I entered the photo I took of Vincent when he was baby to the Coosa Valley Fair and we won 2nd place in Amateur B&W Animals! Might enter this photo next year, haha.

Trunk or Treat


Vincent at the Trunk or Treat

Halloween is always a fun time for us because rats are a key animal for spooky decorations and what not. I also have a pumpkin basket that is fun to use!

Vincent at the Trunk or Treat

This event went really well and Vincent had some interactions with young children and we also worked more on having him held in a rat burrito. 



You can see more photos on our Facebook album.

Halloween DeStressing at Berry College


Vincent at Berry College

Back at Berry for Vincent! So, at this point, I had worked a lot trying to get Vincent comfortable in the rat burrito to no avail. For his comfort, I decided to limit the burritos and just phase them out. Having him being held in a towel is more of an extra thing and isn't required for therapy work.

Vincent at Berry College

So instead of being held in a burrito, people can hold the basket or even sit down with the basket in their lap. 

Vincent at Berry College
Fellow therapy dog Zoe watches Vincent



You can see more photos in our Facebook Album

Rome's Exchange Club Veteran's Day Event


Vincent at Rome's Exchange Club Veteran's Day Event

This was a nice little event where we had a booth with our fellow Pet Partners from Compassionate Paws!


Vincent with Johnny Barnes at the Veteran's Day event
Vincent with his daddy
See more photos in our Facebook Album

Destress at Berry College


Vincent at Berry College

If you followed Oliver's adventure, then you remember his buddy Wyatt. I was excited for Vincent to meet him but was nervous as to what to say since Oliver had passed away. His mom was there so she helped connect what happened to Oliver to a dog Wyatt knew that was sick. There was a little bit of confusion for Wyatt, but he quickly bounced back and gave Vincent so much love. I was happy to see that Vincent did well meeting Wyatt since we don't visit younger kids too often.


Reading Rats


Vincent at Chattooga County Library for Reading Rats

In November, we started our Reading Rats program! The same library that I visited with Oliver was looking for another therapy animal and we were happy to fill in the spot.

You can see more photos on our Facebook Album

Berry De-Stress


Vincent, Sparrow, and Sassy at Berry College
Sparrow, Sassy, and Vincent

Always happy to visit Berry College! Vincent is so good with his coworkers.


You can see more photos on our Facebook Album.

Snowflake Ball '18


Vincent at the Snowflake Ball

We attended the Snowflake Ball last year so I was excited to attend again. This is a yearly dance for special needs young adults and Compassionate Paws was invited. Last year we had a special connection with a young man with down syndrome and I was thrilled to see him and he loved meeting Vincent! This event is notoriously loud and Vincent wasn't too happy with all the noise, but I made sure he took many breaks and covered him with his towel when he wasn't visiting.

Vincent at the Snowflake Ball

You can see more photos in our Facebook Album.

Georgia Highlands De-Stressing


Vincent at Georgia Highlands Cartersville

Finals week was very busy visiting both Rome and Cartersville Georgia Highlands campuses. We were able to start handing out "I Pet A Therapy Rat!" buttons and they were a big hit.



Vincent at Georgia Highlands Rome

When we were visiting the Rome campus, I learned about the sudden passing of a man named Joe that we visited once before. It was upsetting, but I was happy that we were there to provide some comfort for his wife.

You can see more photos over on our Facebook Album.

Reading Rats


Vincent with a Reading Rats bookmark

Vincent has been reading with kids for a couple of months now and he has been a champ. He might get a little fidgety at first, but he quickly gets comfortable and listens to the kids read.

Vincent with a gift during Reading Rats
A lovely gift from our pal Lindsey
Vincent reading with kids
Reading with our friend Levi

Vincent reading with kids
Reading with our friend Dylan

You can see more photos over on our Facebook Album.

The Dog in The Dentist Chair


Vincent with The Dog in The Dentist Chair

Our friend Peggy Frezon asked us a while back if we wanted to be featured in her new book about animals who help kids and of course I said yes! The Dog in the Dentist Chair is a fabulous book which features all kinds of therapy and service animals including our own Oliver the therapy rat.

Vincent with The Dog in the Dentist Chair

It's so nice to see Oliver in a book and I know he is bruxing from up above!

If you'd like to order a copy feel free to use our Amazon affiliate link where we get a small percentage at no cost to you.

Also, feel free to send us an email (healingwhiskers@gmail.com) if you'd like a signed bookplate from Vincent himself!

Vincent and his Balloon


Lily Chesnut Vincent's Balloon
Art by Lily Chesnut

I am just ASTOUNDED by this beautiful artwork!

Lily Chesnut is my younger sister who continues to amaze me every day and she surprised me with this for my birthday last month. We've been brainstorming ideas for a children's book and this piece has fueled us even more! Who knows when we will actually get it done, but we have some great ideas.

Lily has prints of "Vincent and his Balloon" available over on her website.
We also are in the process of selling stickers featuring this art. Feel free to email us for pricing and details. (healingwhiskers@gmail.com)

Montessori Homestead


Vincent with Montessori Homestead
Photo by Jennifer Cromer

Starting this year we are visiting a small homeschool group here in Rome, Georgia. We are only visiting once a month, but it is definitely fun in the few hours we are there. 

Vincent with Montessori Homestead

Vincent gets to visit with a younger crowd than usual with this reading group so it's a fun challenge for both of us. 

Vincent with Montessori Homestead
Photo by Jennifer Cromer

We are still perfecting the kinks in our visits. Vincent was very anxious last time and I'm hoping it was a one-time thing, but if he starts showing anxiety next time I might need to find a more quiet spot to work in since it can get a little much being around so many kids at one time.

Vincent with Montessori Homestead
Photo by Jennifer Cromer

I try to visit with each child and if they are not reading yet I will read to them or we will look at a picture or comic book of sorts. The teachers are the best and help me keep on track!

Vincent with Montessori Homestead
Photo by Jennifer Cromer

Vincent with a valentine


Support Healing Whiskers


Xavier and Lily Chesnut with Healing Whiskers shirts and beanies
Xavier and Lily Chesnut

I'm thrilled to announce that we finally have shirts! They come in many colors and are SUPER soft.

Vincent with a Healing Whiskers hat

Our pom pom hats are super cozy and can double as a snuggle sack for your favorite rodent. 

Vincent with a Healing Whiskers mug

And our mugs are the perfect accessory for early mornings! Be sure to check out the rest of our Etsy shop.

Speaking of hot drinks, we have a Ko-fi page where you can send us a coffee or two to help us with various expenses.

Book Donations


I want to thank those who have sent us books for our reading program. Thanks to you guys we are set with books for a good while!

Vincent with book donations

Thank you Amy!

Vincent with book donations

Thank you Anita!

Vincent with book donations

Thank you Tabitha!

Birthdays!


Vincent with a sweet potato cake

The boys turned a year old! I made a sweet potato cake and a mint cookie cake, but the sweet potato was the biggest hit. Some people have asked me for the recipe and it is literally just cooked sweet potato with whipped cream in the middle. 

Xavier with a mint cookie cake

Thank you guys for your support! I am still working on an online course for people interested in training therapy rats. Feel free to sign up for our newsletter to be emailed once it is live!

What's your favorite kid's book?
Let us know in the comments below!

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