From NC Health News: Asheville airport therapy dogs help anxious flyers and workers

Linda Rider

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven, North Carolina Health and fitness News

Leah Marie and Luna Marie moved to Asheville all through the pandemic’s to start with winter. Luna was 7 a long time aged at the time, and morose. She moped all around the house, longing for all her missing social conversation. Luna seemed so unfortunate that Leah imagined she could want antidepressants.

But as vaccines rolled out, the two ventured back again into the globe and Luna obtained her groove again. Now at 9 many years previous, Luna — a 60-pound (or so) goldendoodle — is busy as at any time. She often goes to get the job done with Leah at a boutique downtown, and she volunteers as a remedy pet dog: at a memory care centre and, much more not long ago, at the Asheville airport.

“She appears to be like a bomb sniffing pet dog,” Leah reported with a chuckle. “She continuously has her nose down,” scouring the ground for scraps that rushed vacationers have left behind. But equally for canines and for humans, the rewards of remedy canine prolong past a crumb in this article and there.

Therapy dog Luna