Adopted Dog Brings Love and Support to Middle School Therapy

Kennedy’s middle school art therapy program gives extra support with the help of her adopted dog, Remy.

Kennedy + Remy

Kennedy and her adopted dog Remy have traveled across the country, hiked mountains, and completed AKC trainings, but their greatest adventure is just beginning. Together, they’re making middle school art therapy a supportive, welcoming space.

"Remy is very in touch with people and their feelings. She always greets the kiddos when they come into the office, helps them regulate their emotions when they need the extra support, and is more than willing to sit with them if they would like. "

The day I met baby Remy at the shelter, I knew she was the one: my heart dog. I also knew my life was going to be better with her by my side, but I couldn’t imagine the impact she would have on those around us. 


Remy and I quickly grew attached at the hip, and we started doing everything we could together. She started attending graduate school with me, sleeping at the foot of my bed, and hiking different trails/mountains across the country with me. We have traveled to places like North Carolina, Colorado, and even Hawaii. Remy and I have completed six different training courses and she earned her American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Urban CGC, and AKC Community Canine titles. Remy is eager to please and is the best teammate I could have asked for. We have accomplished so much already, and I am excited to see what we will do next. I couldn’t be prouder of her and with Remy by my side, I have the confidence to do anything.

During all our adventures I started to see the impact she was having with everyone we met along the way. Remy is very in touch with people and their feelings. She approaches small children gently and knows when someone needs a lick on the nose. Recently Remy started attending work with me, where I am an art therapist working with middle school kids. She spends most of her day sleeping under my desk, but always greets the kiddos when they come into the office, helps them regulate their emotions when they need the extra support, and is more than willing to sit with them if they would like. I feel like she knows what each kid needs and is more than happy to take a treat from them at the end of a session. 

Having her with me in the office automatically alleviates the stress that often comes along with seeing a therapist, she makes the kids feel welcome and more at home. She is the talk of the school and can put a smile on any kid’s face with just a wag of her fluffy tail. Remy is so well behaved at the school and she struts her stuff when we walk through that door every morning, she knows what she’s is there for and loves her “job.” Together, we are a dream team: we are committed to helping our community and advocating for mental health. 

Remy not only made a difference in my life, but in those of all the people we interact with day-to-day. She is a great example of the potential in all shelter animals. With the right care, training, and love any shelter pup can be a hero in their own unique way!

Each year, Petco Love Stories invites adopters to share how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations that they’ve adopted from the chance to receive grant awards. This story by Kennedy won Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care & Control Foundation, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana a 2021 Love Stories award.