Pawsitive Friendships was founded by Tosha Tharp, the mother of a child diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome. It wasn’t long before she recognized what a “pawsitive” impact their dog had both on her son’s behavior and on his therapy.
Although she used the family’s French Bulldog, Zoe, to assist her son during his home exercises, she decided he needed a dog of his “own.” Enter a second French Bulldog named Jacques, who proved to be a “Jacques” of all trades and master of ALL.
Sealing the deal was the fact that son and dog shared the same birthday, albeit five years apart! And so, at the age of 2 ½ months, Jacques became a vital part of the day-to-day actitivies and “living skills” of Tosha’s son. Among the many lessons her son “taught” Jacques was how to take a shower and how to get dressed, how to brush his teeth and how to go potty.
Now the two are virtually inseparable. Jacques follows Tosha’s son through the house and out in the yard, begging to play tug-o-war or to have his chest rubbed. Jacques wakes him up in the morning, walks him to the bus and even helps put him to bed at night. Theirs is truly a “pawsitive” friendship.
Although Tosha could visualize the logo she wanted, it wasn’t until she met Jenny Mahoney of Creative Mahoney that her vision became a reality. Using Tosha’s son and his heart’s best friend, Jacques, as her models, Jenny deftly created Pawsitive Friendships’ eloquent and evocative logo. Not only does it stand for the friendship between one dog and one special needs child, but also for the friendships our trained teams help create between their own therapy dogs and other children with special needs.