Fievel the Facility Dog

At first glance, it might not look like I’m working very hard in these pictures, but boy is it hard to hang out with my friends without licking them the whole time! Giving kisses is my favorite way of showing my friends how much I like them.

That’s not the only thing I’m good at though. I know 40 commands. That’s right, 40! Need me to get your purse for you? I’ve gotcha covered. Want me to open that door? Can do! My training at Canine Companions for Independence was no walk in the park (though I love walks in the park ), but I passed with flying colors and now get to do the work that I love to do every day.

I’ve only been working at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) and Moving Beyond Trauma at Mental Health Partners in Lafayette, Colorado for a a year now, but I can tell I’ve already helped a lot of people. One little boy went home after meeting me and named his stuffed dog Fievel. What an honor! We’ve become fast friends. Sometimes people come into the waiting room looking nervous and sad. That’s when I know exactly what to do! I walk up to them, rest my head in their lap and lick their hands. That makes them smile immediately. And I know I’ve made their day a little brighter.

I hope I can meet each of you sometime soon. Then I can show you a few of the cool tricks I can do. Or we could just snuggle, and you can give me a good belly rub. And maybe I can give you a kiss too!

With love,

Fievel

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“Wanting to see Fievel is an important [to me] because that’s the hardest part about therapy: Getting here repeatedly. If [I am thinking about seeing] Fievel, then I can get to the door. That’s a key point for me.”
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“I feel a lot of anxiety after a session. Seeing him can change all that. With a hug and a kiss from Fievel, I start feeling a lot better and can switch back into street mode and move on. It changes the rest of the day and makes it less of a struggle. It is amazing to see him after therapy. He is normalizing… like pictures can be normalizing, tea can be normalizing. He’s a living thing that’s normalizing.”
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“I was frustrated when I had my cast and he was the only animal that realized I was hurt. He was so gentle and went to my other side.”
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“He [Fievel] gives a sense of community that you come to therapy for, he helps with that. He is a doorway to health and wellness.”