An adorable therapy dog is doing Zoom sessions with health workers

Ricochet, a golden retriever from San Diego, California, is offering her calming services during the global pandemic.

Ricochet has dedicated her life to helping others. The golden retriever is a part of the Pawsitive Teams' Canine Inspired Community Reintegration program in San Diego, which operates in cooperations with the Naval Medical Center.

As a therapy dog, she is usually working with children with autism, as well as aiding military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and people with disabilities. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus social distancing restrictions - which are also a cause of stress and anxiety for many - the lovely red-haired pup cannot do her usual job. So, to do her part, Ricochet has begun offering virtual therapy sessions for frontline workers impacted by COVID-19.

"In every other crisis, therapy dogs are called upon to provide comfort and healing," Ricochet’s handling team said to NBC4. "But, due to social distancing and quarantine, animal-assisted therapy programs have been suspended."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While you may not get the full joy of cuddling a dog, the organisation details the soothing benefits of just video chatting with a dog during a time of distress.

Their website reads: "Did you know gazing into a photo of a dog’s eyes creates a calming, connected state of being that, after 30 to 60 seconds, triggers the release of oxytocin in the brain? Oxytocin is a hormone that reduces anxiety and creates a calming, connected state of being."

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