Comfort and Therapy Dogs
At Boonefield Labradors, we believe in the power of giving back to the community. To date, we have donated eleven dogs to police departments throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as provide much needed therapy with our certified therapy dog program. #teamboonefield
Hank is our first Comfort Dog working in a Police Department.
He and his handler SRO McNamara received their therapy dog certification in early 2018 and began working at the Lunenburg (Ma) High School that fall. They are part of the k9 First Responders program and have assisted in events throughout New England. Hank is a celebrity in Lunenburg and has quite a fan club.
Follow Hank's Instagram to see the work Officer Hank does in the community with his partner Officer Brad McNamara.
Merle retired from our breeding program and now lives and works in Westminster, MA with his dad, Nate. He is a registered comfort/therapy dog and together, Merle and Nate cover school & community events.
Olive retired from our breeding program and is now a therapy dog for the Office of Youth Services in Hillsborough (NH). She works at Project Genesis Youth Center and makes community and crisis visits.
Follow Olive on her Instagram page.
Margaux has retired from our breeding program and is now training with the Massachusetts State Police. She will be with the Employee Assistance Unit responding to crisis situations with her handler, Trooper Ken Proulx. She'll be seen wandering classrooms as well. Follow Margaux on her Instagram page.
Luna is the first comfort dog to be placed with the Massachusetts State Police. She spends her days working with Trooper Chad Tata in the Employee Assistance Program. Luna also covers many events.
Mack is the Montague Police Departments new comfort dog. He is looking forward to meeting everyone in the community. He is excited to start meeting the students in the district. Look for Mack and his handler SRO Miner this fall!
Follow Mack on his Instagram
Ziva is the very first certified therapy dog for Cournoyer Funeral Home in Jaffrey (NH) and is continuing her exposure at the funeral home and out in the community. She loves people and is a very exuberant greeter! It is their hope that she will bring comfort to those grieving families who request her in this new and very gentle way.
Duke is in training in Williston, VT to become Vermont's first police therapy dog. He and Officer Matt Cohen are excited about the possibilities of this program.
Follow him on Instagram as he fulfills his duty and helps those in need feel safe and supported.
THERAPY DOG PROGRAM
What is a therapy dog?
Therapy dogs play a different helping role than service dogs and emotional support animals. They aren't trained to live with a specific handler. Rather, these are dogs that - with their human teammate (often the dog's owner) - volunteer in clinical settings, such as hospitals, mental health institutions, hospices, schools, and nursing homes, where they provide comfort, affection, and even love in the course of their work. Therapy dogs are trained to be comfortable in new environments and to interact with different people. They must have a calm temperament, be unfazed by unfamiliar noises and movements, be comfortable being handled, and love people.
All visits from Boonefield Therapy Dogs are 100% free of charge, insured, and liability protected at all times. Each dog/handler team is individually certified and trained through the National Alliance of Therapy Dogs organization. Our visits are designed to cater to your organization or program. If you are interested in learning more about scheduling a visit, contact us here. Please include "Therapy Dog Visit" in the subject line.