Animals Speak! Issue 12: Pandemic Tips and Getting Along with Family Members

by | Jun 6, 2020 | Animals Speak!

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Hey Everybody!
It’s Kirrie here again! We’ve had some excitement around our neighborhood lately and that’s why I’m late in getting this issue out for you to see. For 3 days we had some big thunderstorms, and one of them had very high winds. It knocked down some of our neighbors’ trees, right onto the power lines. It took them a long time to get the electricity going again, and then it went off for another whole day! The Typist (Risë) said we would have to wait until the power was stable again, which it is! Yaaayyyy!

The picture today shows me with the other dogs with whom I live. You’ll recognize Josie Patches and Murrie from previous issues. I’m not sure you’ve met Katie (the gray and black and brown fuzzy looking one) before. She doesn’t like cameras very much, so I don’t have as many photos of her.

Today, we have a couple more of my friends lined up to tell you what they are thinking about or dealing with. Then, at the end of today’s issue, we have some special wishes to send out. Ready to get started?

Today, Bella and Bosley have messages for us. They both live and work with Janelle Alford in Texas. Let’s hear what they have to say. Just click on their names below.



That’s pretty good advice, don’t you think?

Now, we have a special moment to talk about. We have two young men who follow along with us on Animals Speak! Both of them just had birthdays. Their names are Stephen, who is getting pretty old at age 8, and Noah, who is growing up pretty fast at age 5! Happy birthday, Stephen and Noah!! And, just for you, here I am with a little message. Just click on my name:


That’s a wrap for Issue #12. I’ll see you again soon with our next issue!
Your pal,

*Animal Assisted Play Therapy is a trademark of the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc. and its International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy®.

Animals Speak! is a project of the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® featuring therapists and their animals from all over the world who have been trained in AAPT. The purpose is to provide child-friendly information about topics related to the pandemic, along with some fun or interesting ideas to help kids of all ages cope with what is going on.

To see prior issues, click right here.

To contact Kirrie or her human (Dr. Risë VanFleet), send an email to

To learn more about Animal Assisted Play Therapy® click this link.


Author Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, co-creator of the field of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® with Tracie Faa-Thompson, is shown here with Josie Patches, Murrie, and Kirrie.

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