Krystal Emery- Founder and Director of the Pet Prescription Team, former Marriage and Family Therapist – Krystal has captured local community’s attention with her compelling work with the Pet Prescription Team, therapy dog organization. “The human-animal bond is one of the strongest, most life-affirming relationships we can have,” Say’s Krystal Emery.
Krystal and her husband Philip of 33 years, work side by side, helping pet owners train their family pet to become Certified Therapy dogs. Krystal knew pets, and dogs in particular, could bring solace and tranquility to people under stress and those confined to medical or care facilities needed that treatment as much or more than people in their homes.
Before becoming an Dog Trainer and Founder of the Pet Prescription Team in early 2003, Krystal and Philip experienced firsthand the suffering and isolation elderly and mentally ill patients experience through being confined to a facility through the diagnosis of Philips father with Alzheimer’s. During the care of Philips father they both were able to see how beneficial their family dogs were in the comforting of not only Philips father but to other residents in the facility where he lived. In some cases it was the only visitor many of the residents ever received.
Krystal and Philip bought their home in La Habra Heights,Ca so Krystal could have room to train dogs. Krystal enjoys living with and working with dogs, and especially loves learning to manage her two Australian Shepherds, Gittalong
& Trigger. When moving to her home in La Habra Heights “No dog trainer
could ask for more material than a dog training facility provides every single
day, and it is a perfect environment to train and work with my dogs. I love the
working breeds, and running Agility with the Australian Shepherds is among the
most challenging and satisfying experiences of my life.” Through the opening of
a dog training facility thus the Pet Prescription Team was born.
The Pet Prescription Team was created in 2003 by Krystal
Emery, with her companion Australian Shepherd named, Gittalong as its
inspiration. The Pet Prescription Team mission was then, and is now, to
demonstrate that companion pets make us healthier, thus the mission of “Healing
Hearts Through Pets” to promote the human-animal bond. Pet Prescriptions Team
major activities is to provide support for pet therapy teams, which are groups
of volunteers who visit hospitals, nursing homes, hospice facilities and
schools with their certified therapy pets. The Pet Prescription Team has
continued to develop and pioneer new programs dealing with brain injured children
from Cleta Harder Development School, Read to the Children’s Programs in Local
Libraries and rehab programs for patients recovering from injuries using
Therapy dogs to help aid and assist in all fascists of pet assisted therapy
Krystal presently serves as an ASCA Agility Committee member
and has for the past four years. Her contribution to the Committee is drawn
through her experience as an Agility Competitor. Krystal has placed Agility
titles on her dogs in both AKC and ASCA, earning multiple ATCH’s on her late
Australian Shepherd, Rodeocowboy. Presently she is competing at the highest
levels in both AKC and ASCA Agility with her two Australian Shepherds.