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Specialty Courts host 1st Annual Fun Dog Show to promote experiential therapy and to bring awareness to programs


The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Specialty Court Programs are hosting a first-annual Fun Dog Show and Resource Day to promote experiential therapy and to bring awareness to the court’s 11 Specialty Courts.  The event is open to the public, specialty court participants, court staff, and justice partners. 


The idea was inspired by a current DWI Recovery Court participant who credits much of his sobriety to caring for, training, and professionally showing dogs across the country - a hobby he says he likely would not have embraced had he still been drinking.  


“Showing dogs has been a positive outlet for me,” said Terrence Thrasher, who is scheduled to graduate from the DWI Recovery Court in February.  “Caring for other living beings has taught me how to take better care of myself.  It keeps me on the right track.”   


Many specialty court participants have found benefits through similar experiential therapy promoted by the courts such as equine therapy, service dogs, and meditation.  


Specialty Court participants will be tasked with judging the Dog Show, which will feature 10 categories from Best Trick and Best in Breed.  The winners will go home with ribbons, and Specialty Court participants will have the opportunity to earn community service hours.  Between contests, those in attendance will hear from former graduates of the Community Veterans Court, the Domestic Violence Solutions Treatment Education Program and the Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court, who will each talk about their recovery and where they are now.  


“We’re hoping this event brings awareness to the many great things that are happening in our Specialty Courts,” said Chief Judge Edward L. Benavidez, who also presides over the DWI Recovery Court.  “We want to acknowledge those who have worked so hard to live clean, productive lives and provide additional resources to those still on their journey.”  


In addition to judging and participating in the show, the public and Specialty Court participants will be able to connect with service providers in the community who offer assistance with housing, employment, schooling, veteran services, etc.  There will also be information tables for the court’s 11 Specialty Court programs. 


The event will take place on Thursday, September 20th from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the court’s outdoor courtyard. 


For more information or to register in advance for the dog show, please contact Camille Baca at (505) 401-6149.

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