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 has been working as my therapy assistant since he was 16 weeks old. He comes to the office several days each week, offering his own brand of empathy, understanding, humor, and tactile comfort. Generally, he greets clients when they arrive and then sits or lays at their feet during the session. He will also stay near me, if that is preferred.
Bodhi demonstrates the calm, gentle, good natured temperament that is common to Berners, and he has grown into an excellent assistant. Naturally, Bodhi has to be clean and well-groomed whenever he is at the office.
Here’s an article on dogs in therapy:
Beck, M. (2010, December 20). The doctor’s dog will see you now. The Wall Street Journal.
Jeffrey Noethe, Ph.D.
2100 NE Broadway St, Ste 329
Portland, OR 97232