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Dog Therapy Duo Makes a Difference, Recognized with Community Service Award

Dog BONES“When we first got Juno, I had no intention of having her become a therapy dog,” says Arryn Sullivan.  After seeing on TV how much of a difference therapy dogs made to Sandy Hook survivors, though, Arryn found Dog B.O.N.E.S. of MA, an organization that trains dogs for therapy work.  “We went to the sessions, and because of Juno’s personality, she was a shoe in for this type of work.”

For her and Juno’s work together, Arryn, executive assistant to Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy, was recently honored with a Community Service Award for Dog B.O.N.E.S.

Arryn and Juno have visited numerous colleges for stress clinics during mid-terms and finals. They were part of a senior project for a girl at Milford High School, and have visited an elderly man in Wellesley many times.

Lasell Dec (2)“The most time we spend is at the Franciscan’s Children’s Hospital in Brighton in the CBAT psych unit,” says Arryn. “Juno and I go once a week and spend time visiting with the kids.  These kids are struggling with behavioral issues, bad home situations, and are threats to themselves or others.  When we go, I love talking to them (many have been there for months) and witness how they leave their routine for an hour and are just kids having a good time. When we get there the kids run over to Juno and immediately start petting and asking me about her.”

Community Service Awards are $250 and are funded by the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.