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Facility Dog Archie Bringing Joy to Central Washington University Campus

By June 13, 2023No Comments
Dogs for Better Lives Facility Dog 🐾 Archie became a permanent pawsitive presence on Central Washington University’s campus by officially taking the oath to spread joy and comfort.
Archie came to Dogs for Better Lives in 2021 when he was just 8 weeks old by way of Summit Assistance Dogs. He was placed with a Puppy Raiser in California where he went everywhere with them – even the dentist! When he returned to our campus in early 2023, it was clear he had the perfect temperament for a Facility Dog. We are so proud of Archie and are excited to follow along on his journey at Central Washington University!
Below is an article published by Central Washington University to announce the addition of Archie to their team. Read the full article here.

CWU Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch swears in Archie, the new campus therapy dog, on May 30. Also pictured is Officer Mackenzie Williams. Photo courtesy: Central Washington University

The Central Washington University Police Department has a new best friend. And once the rest of campus gets to know him, they will, too.

During a brief ceremony on May 30, Chief Jason Berthon-Koch swore in Archie, a Facility Dog and the newest member of the police department. In a letter to colleagues, the chief said Archie’s primary mission will be to provide support, comfort, and stress relief to CWU students, faculty, and staff — and “lend a helping paw when it matters the most.”

“With his gentle demeanor and unwavering loyalty, Archie is dedicated to bringing comfort and solace to those experiencing stressful events or simply seeking support in their day-to-day lives,” Berthon-Koch said. “His wagging tail and warm presence will serve as a beacon of hope and companionship, fostering a sense of well-being and emotional resiliency.”

Berthon-Koch talked about the many benefits Facility Dogs like Archie bring to communities during uncertain and stressful times. With their unconditional love and non-judgmental nature, service dogs have been shown to reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and improve people’s mental well-being.

“By having Archie as part of our team, we aim to create an inclusive and caring community where individuals feel safe, supported, and understood,” the chief said, noting that the department received Archie as a donation from the national nonprofit organization Dogs for Better Lives.

Before joining the CWU Police Department, Archie completed extensive training to meet the highest standards of professionalism. He was carefully selected for his ability to adapt to various situations, and Berthon-Koch expects his presence on campus to benefit everyone.

“Whether it’s providing comfort during difficult moments, offering a listening ear without judgment, or simply being a source of joy and playfulness, Archie will be there with his heart full of love and compassion,” he said.

Berthon-Koch added that he and the team “look forward to collaborating with the campus to create a more caring and supportive environment for all.”

Facility Dogs are trained to do specific, skilled tasks and placed with working professionals or volunteers to help support them in their work with vulnerable populations and persons with disabilities (physical, mental, cognitive, sensory, or developmental). Learn more about Facility Dogs and apply to receive a dog for your workplace: dogsforbetterlives.org/facility-dogs

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