Flynn the NAIT Therapy Dog
After working with Linda Hoang and her furbabies, she pointed us in the direction of another Linda who has a very important job and a furbaby with an important job as well. Both work at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology), Linda is a Registered Nurse who works in the Health Services office on campus, and her dog Flynn also works out of the same office as a therapy dog. What is a therapy dog?
A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties.
So you can bet that Flynn is gentle and calm around everyone he meets, he's not jumpy unless he's playing, he doesn't go cray-cray licky like some dogs, he's just, well, he's just Flynn. Calm, cool and collected. Flynn is a light-brown, or even caramel coloured Labradoodle which makes him a great therapy dog because his breed is hypoallergenic!
When I arrived at the office to meet Linda and Flynn I had to get in line as there were three people ahead of me waiting to see NAIT's most famous therapy dog. It was exam time so he is a busy boy when stressed out students need him. After he got some love from the students, Linda, Flynn and I went out to a courtyard area where Flynn likes to blow off some steam.
I took with me my 55-200mm, my 50mm and my 14-24mm to capture Flynn and was I ever glad I decided to bring the latter. I ended up laying down and getting underneath Flynn as he jumped up to grab a stick that Linda was holding. We did this a lot and once or twice Flynn almost landed right on me! I loved how these action shots turned out, hope you enjoy them too!
Thanks to Linda and Flynn and NAIT for having me. If you're a student at NAIT and you're having a rough go with exams or just general school related stress - go see Flynn. I guarantee after seeing that cute face you will feel a lot better!