Lexy: a 5-year-old German shepherd is helping soldiers with stress disorders and mental health problems. She's a lieutenant colonel and became certified as Fort Bragg's only therapy dog. For Maj. Christine Rumayor, Lexy is a partner. "Stigma is one of the huge things the military is trying super hard to overcome - behavioural health stigma being the biggest one and Lexy is probably the biggest asset I have in overcoming that stigma," Rumayor said.
As a result they completed their therapy training and Lilou became the 1st certified Therapy Pig in the Animal Assisted Therapy Program with San Francisco's Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SPCA), in January 2016. Lilou and Tatyana now volunteer at the SFO Airport once a month. The pair also spread joy to many other facilities in the Bay Area community, such as hospitals, retirement homes and schools to name a few!