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Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Comes to Lasell

December 6, 2013

Stressed with finals prep? Studies claim that spending time with animals when stressed can relieve anxiety and depression. This Saturday, December 7, from 2-4:00 pm Lasell College Peer Health Educators will be hosting Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts to help students decompress.

Massachusetts-based Dog B.O.N.E. S., Dogs Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support, was established by Jeanne Brouillette in 2002, when her dog Bentley received his Canine Good Citizenship and Therapy Dog certifications. Following her dog's achievements, she received so many requests for visits that her single-dog therapy program began to grow.

This Saturday, six dogs will visit Lasell from Dog B.O.N.E.S.: including: Romeo, Ollie, Milly, Emmi, Bruce and Juno. Juno is a three year-old Golden Retriever, Romeo is a Cattle Dog mix, Emmi is a 10 year-old Labrador mix and Ollie is a 7 year-old Pug.

In previous years, similar dog therapy programs at Lasell have attracted as many as 60 students.

- Christina Nalepa

 

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