By Alice Kenny
Catholic Charities Staten Island Senior Center just hired Laddie Boy, our latest and likely best-ever volunteer.
The therapy dog passed a stringent interview process, correctly responding to a demanding series of Q and A’s: “Sit” (and Laddie sits); “Down” (and Laddie lies down); “Stay” (Well, you’ve got the idea.)
Highly trained and a real people ..err.. dog person, Laddie is part of the Angels On A Leash program,* clocking in his hours at the senior center.
Staff members Marni Caruso and Lisa Harrison say they enjoy getting to know Laddie – as he literally sniffs things out — to make sure he is a good fit.
Needless to say, it was an amazing experience watching him meet clients, they added. The positive energy and excitement generated make them sure he is the perfect for this group.
Moreover, they look forward to consistent visits…and Laddie looks forward to consistent pets and treats.