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Roxy The Therapy Dog Gets a Helper
by Pam Flint

Roxy is a very special dog with a very important job. Every day, she goes to work with her owner, Pam, who is a counselor at a nearby university. Pam helps the students cope with stress and other difficult emotions, and Roxy’s loving presence helps them feel better, too. She lets the students hug her and pet her soft fur. However, there is one thing that Roxy loves almost as much as helping people, and that’s playing Frisbee! One day, Roxy thinks of a great plan that will give her more time to play Frisbee: she will hire another animal assistant to help Pam part-time in the office! After putting up flyers for the job, Roxy soon meets an interesting collection of animals who are interested in the job, including a tiny ant named Andy, and a giant elephant named Bella. While she sees something special in each of the animals she interviews, none of them seem perfect for the job. What will Roxy do? In this heartwarming book based on a real-life therapy dog, author and counseling psychologist Pam Flint brings us a story about friendship and finding purpose. Each of the characters ends up finding meaningful work with each other, building friendships along the way. Children will learn that even when we are disappointed by something, if we remain loving and open to possibility, things can turn out better than we expected.

Pam Flint is a counseling psychologist who worked at a university counseling center for over twenty years. In 2002, she started the first Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program at the University of North Texas (UNT) Counseling and Testing Center. Her first canine coworker was Roxy, followed by Dakota, both of whom were yellow Labrador retrievers. Willow, a chocolate lab, joined the team two years before Flint’s retirement. Since its inception, the AAT program has grown and won a university award for providing excellent service to students. Flint is scheduled to continue part-time therapy work and AAT at UNT’s Frisco campus. Roxy the Therapy Dog is her first publication, inspired by her work with Roxy and her belief in the power of an animal’s love to bring about emotional healing. Flint currently resides in Texas with her husband, Al, a rescue Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix named Zoey, and Willow, who loves to play Frisbee almost as much as Roxy did.


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