Amazing Tails: Making Connections with PAWS


“Luka confirmed our faith in him today during his first visit to CERTS in Smyrna. He hesitated on his leash only once on the way from the car to the front door. Then he greeted everyone as if he had been visiting for weeks.

“He delighted Carlos – a huge Arlo fan – by sitting with him in his big easy chair and closing in for a gentle lick right on the tip of his ear. Carlos laughed and then started repeating his name, ‘Luka, Luka.’


“A wonderful staffer named Katie got right down on the floor and scooped Luka into her lap. Katie’s oldest dog is ill and she told me she was looking forward to some therapy for herself today.

Janice watches Luka work magic with a new friend.


“The highlight of our visit was the time we spent with a young lady who reminds all of us of Julia Roberts. Her hands are often contracted under her chin and her gaze is fixed in the distance. Several months ago, she began to look at Arlo when he stretched out on the tray of her wheelchair. Then she began to lean forward toward him. A few weeks ago, she moved her hands to rest on his back. Today, she did all of those things while Luka sat in front of her, and she continued to look at him, lean forward, and pet him the entire time. The staffers called Bill, the nurse in charge of the facility. He ran back to his office for the video camera so that her family could see the interaction. ‘I’ve been involved with her care for many years,’ he said, ‘and I’ve never seen her interact in this way with anyone or anything else.’

“What a great start to Luka’s career as a PAWS dog!” Janice Baldwin-Hench, PAWS Member

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

C.E.R.T.S. Inc. is one of 20 local non-profits invited to participate in Highmark’s Walk for a Healthy Community. The Walk is taking place at Bellevue State Park on Saturday June 6, 2015. There is no registration fee and C.E.R.T.S. Inc. will receive 100% of their walk donations. Sign up today by visiting the Highmark website Click on Wilmington and then just follow the prompts.