Dogs can do magic on our mental health. They make days seem brighter and lighter. But unfortunately, those who need them most usually do not own one.
This was what drove this man, Dave O’Driscoll, to begin a program where he could lend these individuals his pooch.
So What Inspired Dave?
Dave is a former youth worker who’s served handling people with mental issues. It is in that experience that he recognized he could be of much help to many, and it didn’t actually need so much hassle and preparation.
It was simple.
With the “The Baxter Project,” Dave and his pup went hopping from one school to another, identifying vulnerable students and taking them into something he thought would be a good way for them to open up – a walk.
Making a Difference
Baxter’s presence proved to yield an extraordinary effect. Within just an hour, they get to build rapport with the teens making it easy to earn their trust and confidence. They would then just spend time for about an hour walking and talking to them.
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As easy as it may sound, Dave explained it is way different from putting a dog in a school and hoping it makes some impact. The project’s on targeted intermediation, which they think is more effective.
And they aren’t wrong! Various participating institutions have already issued recommendation letters stating how students from the hour-long session came back happier and more engaged. What’s most remarkable is that even the quietest ones have involved themselves in it.
Positively Impacting Lives!
We’re certain it’s because of Baxter! He has this amazing capability where he makes everyone feel comfortable.
Since 2018, he’s inspired about 40 students from different high schools. With a new addition to their understaffed program, we’re sure this number will be doubling soon! And we can’t wait to hear when that happens!
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Source at Baxter the TI Wellbeing Dog via Twitter
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