Therapy Dogs Bring Smiles to Marist

After a stressful week filled with midterms, projects, and presentations the students here at Marist needed something to lift their spirits and help them de-stress.  And that’s exactly what we got!  The Office of Accommodations and Accessibility brought in Positive Paws, a dog therapy program they partnered with for Disability Awareness Week. I had the pleasure of playing with two beautiful pups, Juno and Spencer.

 

Juno and Spencer are two of the therapy dogs that are trained to provide psychological and/or physiological therapy to people who need it, or just need to de-stress. Juno is six and has been a part of a program called Pet Partners since 2014.  Spencer is certified with Therapy Dogs International and has been a therapy dog since 2010.  Spencer and Juno and their fellow therapy dogs all over the nation have volunteered at schools, hospitals, and assisted living homes bringing smiles wherever they go.

 

Here are just some of the Marist students playing with Juno and Spencer for a few minutes before continuing on with their busy days.

I had the best time playing with Juno and Spencer and talking to their handlers/moms. Thank you to Positive Paws for coming for the day and to the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility for arranging it!  It definitely put a smile on my face.

Want to learn more about Positive Paws? Click here.

Tyler Ree, Class of 2020

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