Therapy Dogs: Inspiring Smiles and Conversations

Posted by Sam on January 29, 2016

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As expected, Let’s Talk Day this past Wednesday, January 27, was a great success. As mentioned in my previous post, York had the pleasure of welcoming Asha, AJ, Aspen and Jazz, four therapy dogs from St. John’s Ambulance, onto the campus for impromptu de-stress sessions in Vari Hall and the Scott Library. In the sparse moments when the furry helpers weren’t surrounded by students, we managed to snap some photos. Check ’em out:


People lining up.
Students were lining up on the second floor of Scott Library to spend their moment with the therapy dogs.
Picture of dog being petted.
This is Aspen, a six-year-old American Golden Retriever.
Who can resist that look? This is Asha, a black miniature poodle. She regularly visits special needs adults at the Rena Foundation and helps at some of the York region’s libraries with children that have difficulties reading.
Owner and her dog.
AJ is a nine-year-old Golden Retriever. He volunteers at Cedarvale Lodge Retirement Community.
Side profile of a dog.
Jazz is a tricolor registered rough collie. He has been a therapy dog for four years, providing services through St. John’s Ambulance for a little less than a year.

Owner kneeling with her dog.Group photo of two young women kneeling with dog.Two young women petting dog on head. Dog looking up and to the side.

Group photo with black poodle.
Woman kneeling down to pet poodle.
Close up of Golden Retriever. _DSC0067 Back of Golden Retreiver's head. _DSC0065 Dog looking up at owner. Back shot of young woman petting dog.


A sign saying "active minds"
Also introducing their services on Let’s Talk Day was Active Minds, an organization focused on providing education and resources about mental health.

Billboard depicting testimonials based around Mental Health.


Overall, it was a fun and informative day . . . the therapy dogs provided a great way to break the ice on the topic of mental health and hopefully helped spark long-term discussion.


How was your Let’s Talk Day? Did you spend time with the dogs? Or perhaps fill out a Let’s Talk testimonial in the RED Zone? Tweet your experience at @YorkUStudents.


Sam recently graduated with an Honours BA in Communications.

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