Bodhi is a Bernese Mountain Dog, born on April 2, 2008. He comes from a breeder near Oregon City called Werlwind Bernese, and he has five brothers and one sister. Pictured below are Ruben, Otto, Hadley, Artus, Bodhi, Jack, and Mason.
Bodhi is still young, but he has been in training as a therapy assistant since he was 16 weeks old. He comes to work with me several days each week, offering his own brand of empathy, understanding, and humor.
Naturally, he has to be clean and well groomed whenever he is at the office, and he is only allowed to interact with clients who request him. Bodhi demonstrates the calm, gentle, good natured temperament that is common to his breed, and we are always working to enhance these qualities.
Here's a recent article on dogs in therapy:
Beck, M. (2010, December 20). The doctor's dog will see you now. The Wall Street Journal.