Five dogs gathered to meet with students and faculty during exam week at Nevada State College once again. We first visited NSC last May and the visit was such a success, we were invited back again. The students were surprised and excited to see dogs inside the building as they investigated what a Love Dog could be.
This was a chance for students to take a much needed break from studying and worrying and relax with calm, beautiful dogs. And the handlers were a new ear to chat with, express concerns to, share successes with.
The dogs were set up all together near one another and the students were able to go from dog to dog. Each dog and handler has a story and all the students wanted to learn more about the dogs and what it takes to become a Pet Partner / Love Dog therapy team. Many took out their phones to share photos of their own pets. One of the volunteers is working with her cat in the hopes of becoming a therapy cat team. Everyone was particularly interested in hearing what it takes for a cat to become a "Love Dog!"
The school only permits service dogs in the building during the usual school day so we explained that while therapy dogs are not service dogs afforded full public access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an exception had been made for the dogs to visit inside.
Some of the dogs and handlers had never met before and everyone was surprised how well the dogs can get along on first meeting. No barking, lunging, looking to play. Just dogs all doing what they do best, sharing their love with anyone and everyone who needs it the most.
The Love Dog team thanks NSC for welcoming us so warmly and looks forward to returning in May for spring exam week. All of the dogs and handlers are members of the Love Dog Adventures animal therapy team in Las Vegas, a Pet Partner Community Partner Affiliate program.