Collage of photos of students playing with therapy dogsCountway Cuddles

Feeling stressed? Come relax with trained therapy dogs from Tufts Paws for People, Dog B.O.N.E.S., and Puppies Behind Bars. These organizations help hospitals, nursing homes, and universities offer dog therapy programs.

The library provides Countway Cuddles pet therapy as a way to combat burnout, stress, and anxiety. During this program, campus members can drop in to our pet therapy area (Countway Library 1st floor couch area near the Shattuck Street entrance) to pet and play with therapy dogs. Many colleges offer these programs due to the positive mental health benefits. Therapy dog programs have shown to be especially helpful for medical students. These animals offer companionship and a calming presence to students. Studies have shown therapy dogs can help lower blood pressure and relieve stress. Read more about the benefits in De-Stressing with Therapy Dogs.


Meet our #CountwayCuddles family:

Cooper the yellow lab therapy dog
COOPER the Yellow Lab
Sophie the Golden Retriever therapy dog
SOPHIE the Golden Retriever (Tuesdays)
Bodhi the Yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever Mix therapy dog
BODHI the Yellow Lab/Golden Retriever Mix
(Thursdays -- currently on hiatus until early 2023)

Sasha the black lab therapy dog
SASHA the Black Lab
(First Wednesday of the Month)
therapy dog Bao, a miniature Goldendoodle
Introducing: BAO the miniature Goldendoodle!
(Second Thursday of the Month)


Harvard Longwood Community members are welcome to come relax and de-stress while playing with the dogs.

Remember: sometimes the dogs need to take a break or cancel, so be sure to check the calendar often. Please contact the Countway Outreach Team with any questions!


Four photographs of students petting a Golden Retriever therapy dog in Countway Library and on the lawn.A photograph of a yellow Labrador therapy dog on the lawn with a student, and two photographs of a Golden Retriever therapy dog visiting staff and students at Countway Library.

Upcoming Pet Therapy Events