Next week why not skip your typical sad desk lunch and head over to MUSC’s Horseshoe for the most heartwarming event this side of the Cooper River: the blessing of Pet Therapy dogs. From noon to 12:30 p.m. Chaplain Services will bless MUSC’s 49 therapy dogs (or at least those who can make it — dogs gotta work, y’all), followed by a reception with drinks and snacks for dogs and their humans.

Cathy Bennett, MUSC’s pet therapy program coordinator, says that the flock of therapy dog offers more than just tail-wagging happiness (although there’s plenty of that, too). Bennett says, “Certified therapy dogs not only reduce stress, depression, and blood pressure, they improve self-esteem, increase physical mobility, provide comfort and eradicate loneliness. Our volunteers are changing what’s possible in healthcare through pet therapy.”

MUSC’s pet therapy program helps patients and MUSC staff with their loving, gentle presence. At the blessing you’ll hear from staff members who have seen the long term benefits of the therapy dogs, as well as from a young adult patient whose experience with therapy dogs helped her tremendously.

Interested in getting your dog to volunteer? Learn more about the therapy program online.

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