I became involved with Animal Assisted Therapy and completed the evaluation process with Pet Partners in 2016 to have my therapy dog, Chewbacca, registered. We volunteer at UNC Children's Hospital, where he is able to bring joy and comfort to many children and families. I received my certification as a Certified Human Animal Intervention Specialist through Oakland University in 2014 and am so excited to be able to incorporate a therapy animal into my sessions. A therapy dog can help create a more comfortable environment for clients to open up and talk about the problems they may be having, as well as provide physical comfort and affection that I as a clinician cannot. Chewbacca was born in March of 2013 and is a Great Pyrenees/Blue Heeler or Cattle dog mix. He is about 65 lbs and is a soft mass of cottony fur. He loves children and has a very sweet and fun disposition. Chewbacca has adapted to his role as a therapy dog wonderfully and has brought comfort to patients in long and short-term care.