A black Labrador, Tivo, is helping students cope with stress!
The loving Labrador Retriever is on duty in Loyola’s Wellness Center. He meets with students who are homesick or need a break from the pressure of college life.
“They’ll come in, pet him, he’ll wag his tail, lick their faces, if they want their faces licked,” explains Joan Holden, associate director of the center. “If you’re a dog lover, being with a dog makes you feel better. He’ll show his tummy, wag his tail — all the things to make you feel good.”
Loyola’s search for a therapy dog started last year. They asked Tops Kennels in Grayslake to be on the lookout for a suitable candidate. Tivo was already well-trained at the time and soon went on to become a certified therapy dog.
The Lab lives with the Rev. Justin Daffron, Loyola’s associate provost for academic services. “They live in the dorm together, the honors dorm,” Holden says. “Tivo’s a very smart dog.”
Tivo is, extremely popular. “We took him to the opening of our new student center,” Holden says, “and they were chanting his name.”
Sometimes all you need in life is a lick and a cuddle from a loving Lab to get back on track.