Not really. Not literally. But the lawn outside the Blake Student Commons featured dozens of canines of every size and breed mingling with handlers and Bay Path students.
There was Velvet the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. And Lilo the Great Dane. And Gus the Newfoundland. As well as Cassie, Caber, Niles, Tucker…the list goes on. They are part of team called Bright Spot Therapy Dogs and their mission is to bring happiness, laughter and love where ever they go. It’s also a great stress reliever for students taking those mid-term exams!
The group has over 100 volunteers and visits over 80 sites throughout Western Massachusetts, including schools, colleges, and universities. Each dog goes through training and certification as a team before they are allowed to go on the road. Once they pass, they wear a special jacket and have their own ID badge confirming they are official a Bright Spot Therapy Dog.
What did the Bay Path students say? “I love this…it reminds me of my dog back home.” “Can they come again?” But it wasn’t their words that said what they felt, it was the hugs they were giving their new-found furry friends. Mission accomplished.
To find out about Bright Spot Therapy Dogs visit: http://www.bright-spot.org