Jill Layton
May 12, 2015 5:45 am

We have found our new Instagram hashtag obsession: #therapydogs. We’re going to continue obsessing over the pictures for the rest of the day. Maybe the week. Actually, maybe the year. Therapy dogs help so many people with so many different things. We definitely believe that all dogs can be therapy dogs, but these dogs have been specifically trained to do the job correctly. Alongside their owners, therapy dogs spend time with people who need them. They are trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with special learning requirements. They can even help children read by providing an ear (a floppy one, usually) for listening.

Thanks to Instagram and the hashtag #therapydogs, the rest of the technologically savvy world can benefit from them as well. As Mic pointed out, owners of therapy dogs have been snapping photos of the animals at work and posting them to Instagram, and they are so so so adorable. We are so thankful for therapy dogs and their owners. They truly make a huge difference in so many lives. They’re making our lives better just looking at them.

Here are some of our faves:

This sweet golden dog is giving some love to a stressed-out student at the Humboldt State University library.

The coolest dude at the hospital? This guy.

This cute face is Flynn. He works in the health services office of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

These two siblings work as a team.

Napoleon the Great being great in a hospital room.

Emergency room therapy dogs are. just. amazing.

Piper visiting with staff at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Getting ready for a day of work.

On her way into Children’s Hospital Colorado to brighten some days.

This is what Finn the beagle goes through every night before he pays a visit to a hospital.

Just relaxing in the backseat after a hard day on the job. Don’t even think about taking his collar off.

Featured images viaviavia and Instagram

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