Gravy serves primarily as Joanna’s support animal – he assists Joanna in mood regulation and decompression and alleviates impacts from mental health disorders. Joanna is happy to discuss any questions related to the work that Gravy does, and you’re welcome to check out our “dogs on campus” presentation here.
Gravy is currently in training (he has a lot to learn!), but our ultimate goal is to help him become a certified therapy dog. A therapy dog is trained to serve folx who need a little puppy love in a variety of settings, including colleges, hospitals, senior living facilities, shelters for those experiencing houselessness, and locations of crises or natural disaster. Learn more about the benefits of therapy dogs here or read this research article about therapy dogs on college campuses.
Gravy was adopted by Joanna (Assistant Director of Disability and Access) in May of 2023. He is currently enrolled in a beginner training course and is doing great!