Pet Therapy

Student Health and Wellness is excited to announce the return of weekly Pet Therapy events!

Join us every Wednesday from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall room 126!

We've also partnered with the The Benton to host Pet Therapy every first Thursday of the month! Join us in The Benton from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Please note that Pet Therapy is provided on a volunteer basis. We cannot guarantee that dogs will be present the entire time.

Andy

Andy

Name:  Andy

Handlers:  Peter and Sandy

Age:  8

Breed:  Golden Retriever

Fun Facts:  Andy loves his job as a therapy dog and in his spare time he loves to hike and swim.  Andy is helping to determine the causes and help find a cure for canine cancer through his participation as a hero in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.  He is also the Ambassador at the premier event, the New England Golden Jubilee and is a student at the Yale Canine Cognition Lab.

Name:  Bo

Handlers: Christine

Age:  14

Breed:  Labrador mix

Fun Facts:  Bo loves pet therapy - he considers it his chance to get a full body massage and lots of belly rubs! He has been visiting UConn since 2010. When Bo is not involved in therapy visits, he likes exploring the local woods, attempting to get an extra treat, and reminding his human mom that it’s time to load the dishwasher. His second favorite job is pre-rinsing the dishes as they get loaded into the dishwasher.

Grant

Grant

Name:  Grant

Handlers:  Peter and Sandy

Age:  5

Breed:  Golden Retriever

Fun Facts:  Grant loves his job as a therapy dog.  He is the scout for our daily hikes. He loves to hike, swim, ride waves, play ball, and dive!  He is currently very busy training his young sister, is the lead canine organizer of the New England Golden Jubilee, and is a student at the Yale Canine Cognition Lab.

Finley

Finley

Name: Finley

Handler: Caroline

Age: 8

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Fun Facts: Finley’s favorite activities are walking in the woods, riding in the boat and napping in the sunshine. Her favorite snack is pizza crust! While Finley loves everyone, she especially loves young children and the 20-something crowd.

Instagram Handle: @finley_seneca_therapylabradors

Mica

Mica

Name: Mica

Handler: Sue

Age: 5

Breed: Golden Retriever/Labrador/Shar Pei

Fun Facts: Mica loves everything she does including her time spent serving as a pet therapy dog. She hikes with her humans every day and nothing makes her happier than just hanging with those who want to show her a little attention. She is very good at dog tricks (sit, stay, roll over) so if you get a chance to meet her, do not be afraid to put her to the test. She is also very soft, so petting her head is a comfort for all involved. She is looking forward to getting back to meeting people after the past year of restrictions.

Follow on Instagram: @micaglenney

Seneca

Seneca

Name: Seneca

Handler: Caroline

Age: 5

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Fun Facts:  Seneca enjoys her pet therapy visits as well as hiking and swimming.  Her favorite snacks include bananas and cucumbers.  Seneca is not only a therapy dog, she also loves agility, canine conditioning and learning new tricks.  Seneca competes in agility with the American Kennel Club and holds titles at the masters level. 

Follow on Instagram: @finley_seneca_therapylabradors

Sophie

Sophie

Name: Sophie 

Handler: Jan

Age: 3

Breed: Boxer

Fun Facts: Sophie is a three year old deaf boxer adopted from a rescue about two years ago.  Her high energy and sweetly stubborn and mischievous personality presented some challenges during the early months following her adoption, but once her formal training began, she found her mission.  In addition to her love for  therapy work and new adventures, Sophie enjoys swimming in the lake, working on the farm (she is the self-appointed boss of the horses and ponies), and racing around with her four other siblings (she is the fastest in any race!).  She loves mealtimes, beef liver treats, and her favorite -Frosty Paws doggie ice cream.  Sophie’s  favorite toy is any toy a canine sibling happens to be playing with!

Summit

Summit

Name:  Summit

Handlers: Laura & Steve

Age: 7

Breed: English Labrador Retriever

Fun Facts: Summit likes rolling on her back and throwing her paws in the air. Aside from pet therapy, she loves swimming, hiking, napping on the couch, and hopes to compete in dock diving one day.

Follow on Instagram: @summit_the_therapy_dog

Wrigley

Wrigley

Name:  Wrigley

Handler: Laurel

Age: 6

Breed: Newfoundland

Fun Facts:  Wrigley loves pet therapy and spending time with everyone.  Favorite treats are scrambled eggs, tortellini, and Swiss cheese; favorite toy is a plush fish.  Wrigley loves doing “Newfy” things like swimming and pulling a cart.  He has obedience titles and is a Grand Champion who was shown at the 2021 Westminster dog show.

Follow on Instagram: @wrigleythenewf

Meet the Dogs:

  1. Sep 29 Pet Therapy4:30pm
  2. Oct 6 Pet Therapy4:30pm
  3. Oct 7 Pet Therapy at The Benton4:30pm
  4. Oct 13 Pet Therapy4:30pm
  5. Oct 20 Pet Therapy4:30pm
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