Petting a therapy dog’s soft, comforting fur releases olycontin, a.k.a the “love hormone.” “Dogs give lots of affection which can help reduce pain, improve mood and reduce anxiety,” says Alexandra Ramos, who is passionate about animals and has spent the past decade working in animal-assisted therapy with children. “They help people live a healthier life by decreasing psychological distress, fatigue and acting as a great icebreaker in getting people to share their emotions and stories with others.” Therapy dogs have special temperament and characteristics — trustworthy, social, balanced, docile, reliable, safe, healthy and obedient — that let them be part of in-hospital visits. Although there are some breeds more predisposed than others, the reality is any canine with the right characteristics can become a Certified Therapy Dog. “The dogs have given me so much throughout the years that I could not live without them,” she says. “They are the engine of my life.”; AleRamosTherapyDogs.com.
Brickell Magazine partnered with Amerant Bank to present our Latino Visionaries for 2022. This year’s finalists embrace their Hispanic heritage in every facet of life and use their cultural perspective to dream big while taking their respective careers and philanthropic pursuits to new heights.
The social season is officially in full swing as people unite for events to remember, forging new bonds while reconnecting with old friends and taking full advantage of everything the city has to offer morning, noon and night. Networking never felt — or looked! — so good.