At Rose State, therapy comes in a 5-pound package
MIDWEST CITY — Alyssa Loveless, 25, is coordinator of residence life at Rose State College and shares her on-campus apartment with Parker, a 5-pound Chihuahua she found abandoned in a park and had certified as a therapy dog through A New Leash on Life Inc.
Twice a month they participate in the Reading to Dogs program at the Del City Library, helping children with their reading skills. Now Loveless is starting a program to have Parker provide stress relief for students on campus who are homesick or worried about finals.
“I always was interested in therapy dogs, and he was just a natural,” Loveless said. “He’s really good with kids and older people. He just snuggles into people. He works pretty hard to provide that comfort.”