The wag of a tail

Our therapy dog-in-training Walter made his debut this week and already we have seen the benefits of having this adorable, loving dog in the Covenant House Family. The first day he was here, there were a couple of youth waiting for a an appointment with a staff person who was running late. They were about to "bail" when Jesse, Walter’s guardian, said "why don’t you wait in my office and meet Walter". Needless to say, the youth stayed until their appointment(s).

Whether it’s getting a young person out to walk Walter where he or she meets other dog owners, socializes with new people and takes pride in being Walter’s temporary "handler", having Walter here for our youth provides them with something most of them have never had: unconditional love. Dogs don’t care if you have bad teeth from crystal meth use or if you haven’t had a shower in a week. Walter wags his tail and greets everyone the same. And don’t we all just wanted to be greeted with a smile and a tail wag?

See Walter in action here

Let us know what you think of Walter "in the flesh".


Our therapy dog-in-training Walter made his debut this week and already we have seen the benefits of having this adorable, loving dog in the Covenant House Family. The first day he was here, there were a couple of youth waiting for a an appointment with a staff person who was running late. They were about to "bail" when Jesse, Walter’s guardian, said "why don’t you wait in my office and meet Walter". Needless to say, the youth stayed until their appointment(s).

Whether it’s getting a young person out to walk Walter where he or she meets other dog owners, socializes with new people and takes pride in being Walter’s temporary "handler", having Walter here for our youth provides them with something most of them have never had: unconditional love. Dogs don’t care if you have bad teeth from crystal meth use or if you haven’t had a shower in a week. Walter wags his tail and greets everyone the same. And don’t we all just wanted to be greeted with a smile and a tail wag?

See Walter in action here

Let us know what you think of Walter "in the flesh".