From left: U of M sophomores Cassidy Jasper, Eliza Theis, Kenwyn Shriner, and Greta Henry with Crush, an 11-month-old Labrador retriever. This year, they helped train and socialize Crush and another future service dog for Can Do Canines through a pilot program, FETCH (Fostering Education and Training Canines in Housing). The dogs live with the students at Bailey Hall on the St. Paul campus.
“It’s kind of a life-changer—what we’ve learned about the different types of work these dogs do. We’ve had dogs as pets, but it’s a different relationship. When he’s here, he’s our pet. We have that bond. When we’re out working, it’s a very professional relationship. He knows he’s working and is supposed to have a different attitude when he puts his cape on. It’s really cool walking around campus with him. You create a path of happiness as you go.”
—Kenwyn Shriner, ’19, Robert Henton Scholarship recipient
Watch a video of the students training Crush and describing what it’s like to have a dog go everywhere they go.