Therapy Dog Rudy is Making a Difference at Pocomoke High School
We’ve shared many stories about therapy dogs helping at senior living homes, children’s hospitals, and libraries, brightening the day of anyone who has interaction with them.
Today, we’re learning what would happen if a therapy dog was placed inside of a high school. We welcome trained therapy dog, Rudy to the studio, as well as Rudy’s human, Jessi Bova, and Principal at Pocomoke High School, Annette Wallace. We hear all about how Rudy is impacting the students life at Pocomoke High.
Rudy is a 7-year-old golden retriever that started off as Jessi’s foster dog and she ended up adopting him. Rudy is certified through Pets on Wheels on Delmarva and is a therapy dog. Rude visits libraries and nursing homes in the area, but he spends most of his time at Pocomoke High School.
Rudy visits classrooms and brightens everyone’s mood. Principal Wallace says that Rudy has impacted students lives and gives some students a normalcy that many students at Pocomoke High School do not have in their lives. Rudy helps provide comfort and relaxation and also gives them a sense of responsibility.
Rudy was a finalist in the Pets Best Pet Health Insurance Books and Barks Contest which ended March 30. We recently found out that Rudy won the contest. Rudy won $1,000 for Pocomoke High School and his owner, Jessi won $500 to donate to an animal nonprofit of her choice. Great job Rudy!