Open to students, faculty and staff

Open to students, faculty and staff

Open to handlers and their dogs

BGSU PAWS Team

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The BGSU PAWS Team is a dedicated group of campus and community volunteers and certified therapy dogs. The team hosts events on BGSU campuses throughout the year and is also available by request. 

This program is part of the Wellness Connection at BGSU and we offer programing to support the BGSU community in all aspects of wellness.

Positive impacts of animal therapy:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Decreased feelings of loneliness, pain and fatigue
  • Increased feelings of safety 
  • Decreased risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Increased physical exercise

PAWS stands for Partners in Achieving Wellness for Students, staff and faculty.

All PAWS dogs are cerified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Certified therapy dog must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle and at ease in all situations. 

PAWS Team Events

Meet the Therapy Dogs

Griff

Breed: Corgi
Birthdate: 01/02/2020
Family: Ellen R.
Social media: Facebook – Griff the Corgi
Major: Bachelor of Science in Belly Rubs
How do you practice wellness: I take an hour long nap every day after school.
Fun Fact: I spend my days at a school, keeping students' company as they learn science.

Cosmo

Breed: Golden Retriever
Birthdate: 12/18/2014
Family: Susan A.
Social media: None
Major: Ph’d in Fetch with a minor in Communication with emphasis on Social Interaction
How do you practice wellness: I love to go on walks and play as many games of fetch as my owners can provide.
Fun Fact: I was a rescue adopted at 10 months old. My family named me after Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld due to my crazy hair.

Bubbles

Breed: Greyhound
Birthdate: 07/20/2016
Family: Kim & Emily
Social media: Instagram – bubbles.therapy.dog
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Relaxation with a concentration in 45mph Couch Potato
How do you practice wellness: I take extra naps and do lots of doggy yoga.
Fun Fact: I am a retired racing greyhound.

Mocha

Breed: Chocolate Lab Mix
Birthdate: 03/05/2019
Family: Joe & Bonnie F.
Social media: None.
Major: Bachelor of Science in Playing
How do you practice wellness: I go to annual visits to the vet. I eat lots of carrots and apples snacks. An apple a day keeps the vet away. And I remind my family repeatedly until I get my daily walk.
Fun Fact: I love car rides and walks. My favorite time of day is meal time and an hour before I start begging for my food.

Chase

Breed: Goldendoodle
Birthdate: 11/25/2019
Family: Jaclyn N.
Social media: None.
Major: Bachelor of Science in Playing with a double minor in Toys and Basketball
How do you practice wellness: I take daily walks, run around the backyard, and share happiness during therapy visits.
Fun Fact: I love to be active and enjoy playing basketball. I love the smiles and joy I bring everyone when I visit!

Hawkeye

Breed: Husky
Birthdate: 10/05/2019
Family: AnnaBelle
Social media: Not yet.
Major: Bachelor of Science in Business with dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.
How do you practice wellness: I eat lots of snacks and take lots of naps.
Fun Fact: I am from Alaska. Also, I got my name from the TV show Mash, not from the Marvel character.

Murphy

Breed: Bichon Frise
Birthdate: 03/02/2005
Family: Chris & Garry W.
Social media: None. Although I have been featured on TV and in the Blade.
Major: Doctorate in Psychology and Sociology
How do you practice wellness: Practicing meditation. Do not be fooled if I look asleep, I am deep in thought.
Fun Fact: I have 16 years on the job as a therapy dog. I am blond and deaf.

Oreo

Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Birthdate: 08/19/2013
Family: Chris & Garry W.
Social media: None. It’s a work in progress.
Major: Pursing his Master of Arts in Behavior
How do you practice wellness: Like my brother, I practice meditation. I may look asleep, but I am actually deep in thought.
Fun Fact: My brother and I have a stroller with Christmas lights on it that we sometimes get to take a ride in.

Joey

Breed: Patti Yorkie
Birthdate: 04/04/2020
Family: Sue R.
Social media: Email - joeyjo44@yahoo.com
Major: Bachelor of Art in it’s a Dog Life
How do you practice wellness: Although I love my treats, I limit them each day. I also do my daily exercise of chasing the ball to stay fit.
Fun Fact: My first therapy visit was at BGSU in March 2022!

Bennington (a.k.a. Benny) George

Breed: Newfoundland
Birthdate: 01/27/2017
Family: Carol T.
Social media: None
Major: Bachelor of Science in Public relations. I am also a certified reading instructor and boat captain.
How do you practice wellness: I enjoy swimming, exploring for dropped food and lost toys on walks.  I also sing in a choir and I’m on the water polo team at Poco’s daycare.
Fun Fact: My initials are B.G. and I am 165lbs.

Sochi

Breed: Boykin Spaniel
Birthdate: 4/15/2014
Family: Jean K.
Social media: None.
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Cuteness
How do you practice wellness: I take lots of naps!
Fun Fact: I get VERY excited about Chipmunks and sticks. I also know my right paw from my left paw.

In Loving Memory

Faith, a miniature American Shepard, was an amazing dog who loved spreading joy to others. She was born March 17th, 2013. Faith served as a medical service dog for 8 years prior to becoming a therapy dog. She knew over 130 commands and could read a command on a paper and then do the command.

March 2013-April 2022

Brady was known around campus for his love of belly rubs. Brady loved to swim and go duck hunting. Brady had 7 titles including AKC Canine Good Citizenship Advanced. He started as a therapy dog in 2015 and did nearly 1000 visits.

03/01/2012 – 05/16/2022

Attention BGSU Students ➔ Friends of the BGSU PAWS Team is a student-led organization focused on assisting the therapy dogs and their owners who visit campus. As a PAWS volunteer you will be able to play an integral role in improving the wellness of the BGSU community through the use of therapy animals. As a volunteer you'll be able to staff events, help run our social media account and fundraise for the program.

Updated: 05/27/2022 08:49PM