Fitz is our resident furry friend. Fitz went through special testing through Pet Partners where she passed with flying colors. Besides being adorable and fun she has also shown amazing qualities that has allowed her to become therapy animals. Being the overachievers she is, she passed her temperament exam with the highest possible marks. Our furry friend comes with our therapist Robi Heath to work for special visits to help kiddos, families, and staff at Kid Talk feel calm, safe, and happy.
Animals are helpful in a variety of ways. Being around an animal can cause changes on a hormonal level in your body which lowers your Cortisol (Stress Hormones) and increases Oxytocin (Feel Good Hormones). With this biological change in one’s body, a child or adult might feel more relaxed and calm. Also, petting an animal can lower blood pressure which again can create a relaxed feeling. It takes trust for a bunny to engage with a person so a child must first be able to calm themselves for the bunny to begin to know that person is safe and will not harm them. Bunnies have large amygdalas which is the fire alarm of the brain. When a bunny senses danger, their protective response kicks in and fires the amygdala. That fire alarm allows the bunny to quickly flee and seek shelter and safety. Bunnies are great tools in teaching families about trust, safety, and the brain.
We are pumped that we have special visits from this furry friend.
Random Factoid about Fitz: Fitz is mix of a a English Lop Ear bunny and California. Fitz is a bit reserved but once she knows someone is safe person, she loves to crawl on them, sniff, and lick. Fitz loves being brushed. Favorite Food: Leaves and Cilantro
Nutmeg was Kid Talk’s very own registered therapy bunny and beacon of hope and healing.
Nutmeg received her training and registration through Pet Partners which is an organization committed to touching lives and improving health through the human and animal connection. She was a huge part of the therapeutic and healing process for countless children and adults. This little bunny loved spending her time listening, spending time with children, and being a part of the healing process. Nutmeg moved provided inspiration to not only Kid Talk but they kiddos she got to know.
Nutmeg passed away in December 2013 but her memory will always be in our hearts. This page is dedicated to her hard work, endless compassion, and providing proof that animals can help people heal.
Walter was Fitz’s brother and best friend who recently passed away. Walter was an outgoing bunny who loved to visit families at Kid Talk. Fitz and Robi missed their furry friend dearly. Walter and Fitz were a bonded pair who were best friends for life.