Held at the Tulsa Community College West Campus Library, “Canines and Coffee” is where trained therapy dogs are on site to interact with individuals. One is able to pet them and see them do tricks, such as shaking hands. Any passerby of the library during Finals Week was given a true treat to spend time with fur-coated companions.
Amy, a volunteer who brought Tippy, one of two trained therapy Labradors, to the campus enjoys the opportunity to introduce people to the dogs. “I think dogs do things people cant. I think they can calm people down and make them feel more comfortable. (It is) in a way that a person can say a lot of things and not get that feeling, but just instantly by petting a dog, you feel that. There are all kinds of studies that support that. So, Esa and Tippy are both certified therapy dogs. They can go into hospitals, schools, and retirement communities. I like to think they bring joy to the people that they meet. Tippy has the ability to learn and is extremely trainable, so she works at the local Children’s Hospital, volunteers at the Laura Dester Shelter, and reads with kids. Tippy does a lot of different things in the community.”
Be sure to stop by to get a cup of coffee, stay awhile, and relax with the Labradors, Tippy and Esa, at the West Campus. The event is sure to bring joy to all who visit with the friendly canines.