By Mary Beth Coniglio
On April 19, PAWS of CNY volunteers attended the Syracuse University Office of Disability de-stress event. Any student who received services through the office was able to attend. The PAWS of CNY volunteers that attended included Peggy Byrne and Ellie, Christy Nappy and Charliem and Anna Mayerhofer and Lumpi.
About 20 students attended the event. They asked lots of questions about the dogs, what therapy dogs do, and what is included in the training and certification process. Christy’s dog Charlie has a disability and they asked questions about that too. Most of the students said they were missing their own dogs and they just wanted to pet and hug the dogs. The night also included adult coloring pages and students from the massage school giving massages. It was a really great event for both the students and the PAWS volunteers!