A cold fall day at MBS got a little warmer on November 6th as Murphy, Bonnie, Lucy, and Kelsey – four therapy dogs from Creature Comfort Pet Therapy in Morris Plains – visited campus during the lunch periods. The visit was coordinated by Mental Health Matters, a student-led club designed to increase awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health.
Therapy dogs are trained to provide affection and comfort to people in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and retirement homes. Research shows that therapy dogs can reduce stress physiologically and increase attachment responses that trigger oxytocin - a hormone that increases trust in humans.
This is the fourth year that Morristown-Beard School has partnered with Creature Comforts.