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NORMAN THE THERAPY DOG VISITS OCAD U

Students with Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Students with Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman gives a student a hug. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman gives a student a hug. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.

Students busy with exams, end-of-term projects and critiques de-stressed with a special visit by registered therapy dog Norman on Wednesday, April 9. Norman and his handler, OCAD U photography student Shannon Dobson, were on campus as part of an OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre initiative, and plan to come back in September.

“I knew Norman could help bring some smiles to students and faculty,” said Dobson. “It was a great experience. Faces immediately lit up when they saw him.”  

Norman is an Old English Sheepdog and weighs 100 pounds. He participates in a program run by Therapy Tails, a non-profit, volunteer-run dog therapy program that works to help make lives better across Ontario. He also has his own children’s book, written by Dobson and illustrated by OCAD U student Nicole Clarizio.

Fariah Medina, who works at the OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre, says plans for fall visits to campus with Norman and other Therapy Tails dogs may also include a puppy room.

Norman’s visit attracted a great deal of attention among OCAD U students on Twitter and Facebook.

Find out more

OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre 

Therapy Tails




Students with Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman gives a student a hug. Photo by Sarah Campbell.
Norman. Photo by Sarah Campbell.

Students busy with exams, end-of-term projects and critiques de-stressed with a special visit by registered therapy dog Norman on Wednesday, April 9. Norman and his handler, OCAD U photography student Shannon Dobson, were on campus as part of an OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre initiative, and plan to come back in September.

“I knew Norman could help bring some smiles to students and faculty,” said Dobson. “It was a great experience. Faces immediately lit up when they saw him.”  

Norman is an Old English Sheepdog and weighs 100 pounds. He participates in a program run by Therapy Tails, a non-profit, volunteer-run dog therapy program that works to help make lives better across Ontario. He also has his own children’s book, written by Dobson and illustrated by OCAD U student Nicole Clarizio.

Fariah Medina, who works at the OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre, says plans for fall visits to campus with Norman and other Therapy Tails dogs may also include a puppy room.

Norman’s visit attracted a great deal of attention among OCAD U students on Twitter and Facebook.

Find out more

OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre 

Therapy Tails