Ernie the Therapist

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About this J.P. Dog:

Ernie is an eight and a half year old Cockapoo. He may also answer to: Ernest Bernard (full name), Ernie Bernie, Ernesto, Erns, and Boo Boo. (Continue for 3 more photos of Ernie…)

About this J.P. Dog’s human: 

Ernie lives with his human Danielle in the Stonybrook neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, where she’s lived for 10 years.

Does your J.P. Dog have any funny quirks, odd behaviors, or defining characteristics?

Ernie has horrible separation anxiety. He has a funny, crooked walk. He loves to hold hands. When he gets tired, he changes legs and gives you his other paw.

What do you love most about your J.P. Dog?

Ernie is an old soul; his eyes exude wisdom. It’s almost as if there is an old man inside of my dog. I love watching him bring comfort to everyone he meets. He is gentle and kind, and has helped many people overcome their fear of dogs.

Your J.P. Dog’s favorite outdoor spots in J.P.?

The Southwest Corridor

Anything else you’d like to share about your J.P. Dog?

Ernie is a certified therapy dog. He began by visiting seniors at a nursing home. These days, he works in a mental health outpatient setting with children, teens and adults. Not only does Ernie do tricks, but he does these tricks when commanded by small children.

Photography: Ernie’s human

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