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. Both organizations help hospitals, nursing homes, and universities offer dog therapy programs.

As a way to combat burnout, stress, and anxiety, the library provides Countway Cuddles. During this program, community members can 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 help lower blood pressure and relieve stress. Read more about the benefits in De-Stressing with Therapy Dogs.


Our #CountwayCuddles family:

Circular photo of Sophie the yellow lab
COOPER the Yellow Lab
Photo of Sophie the golden retriever therapy dog
SOPHIE the Golden Retriever (Tuesdays)
Circular photo of Bodhi the Yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever Mix
BODHI the Yellow Lab/Golden Retriever Mix
Photo of Sasha the black lab therapy dog
SASHA the Black Lab
(First Wednesdays of the Month)


Harvard Longwood Community members are welcome to come relax and de-stress while playing with the dogs. Countway Cuddles takes place on the 1st floor of the library, near the Shattuck Street entrance. 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