Ivy League Therapy-Dog Program is a Model for the World

Therapy dogs like Pippa help Yale students combat the stressful nature of attend such a high-powered institution.
Photo via The Yale Daily News

Yale University is world-famous for its quality education and an impressive list of graduates, which means that expectations are high for students at the Ivy League school. And with those. . .

Read More

How a Man Realized that Finn Needed to Be a Therapy Dog

Finn’s ability to connect with people made him an obvious candidate.
Photo by Ed Felker

Here’s a wonderful essay by artist Ed Felker about he realized that his dog Finn’s incredible ability to express love and calm with strangers could be a sort of calling: . . .

Read More

A Man and His Dog Set Out to Educate the World about Service Animals

Lon Hodge introduces campers from the YWCA Lake County and Waukegan Park District to his service dog, Gander.
Photo by Angelica LaVito / Lake County News-Sun

We post all the time about shop and restaurant owners who don’t understand the laws governing service and therapy dogs. One Illinois man and his Labradoodle are trying to something about. . .

Read More

Therapy Dog Allowed in New York Courtroom for the First Time

Paz the therapy dog was allowed to help an adult witness testify in court this week.
Photo by Kevin Hagen for The New York Times

When a 30-year-old woman testified about a horrible crime in which she and her daughter were victims in a Brooklyn courtroom on Tuesday, history was made. As she described the. . .

Read More

Video: Nala the Dog is a Nursing-Home Angel

Nala comforts a resident of her nursing home.
Photo by Ben Garvin, KARE

Here’s a beautiful story of a tiny dog who—with no training as a therapy dog—performs that vital function at the Minnesota nursing home where she spends every day. Nala is a. . .

Read More

Blind Golden Retriever Warms Hearts as Therapy Dog

Joanne George says Smiley, the service dog, has become a favorite therapy dog in her area.
Photo by Joanne George via abcnews.go.com

Here’s an inspirational story from north of the border, where a beautiful Golden Retriever who was born without eyes is spending his life helping others. Smiley was rescued from a puppy. . .

Read More