Furry Comforts: Staff Pets in Community
In our therapeutic community, where healing and growth intertwine on a daily basis, a story of companionship unfolds that speaks to the impact that pets have on our lives. Mark Murray, a long-time staff member at Gould Farm, found solace and strength through his bond with his canine companion, Axayl. Mark's journey, mentioned in a recent Newsweek article, illustrates how pets can become integral parts of our lives as well as a helpful presence in therapeutic spaces.
Mark, a member of the residential team at the Farm, discovered a lifeline in the form of his four-legged friend, Axayl. "He really saved my life. When I saw a picture of Axayl... most of my sorrow [for having lost my previous dog, Cooper] left me." This connection is a testament to the healing energy that pets bring to our lives. Mark brings his pup to his shifts at McKee House, where Axayl's husky vocalizations are a welcome addition to house meetings and where guests have the opportunity to bond with him as well.
As we celebrate stories like Mark and Axayl's, we also celebrate the community-wide love of these fur babies! They bring a sense of calm and connection and remind us that sometimes, transformative support can be found in the wagging tails and warm hearts of our cherished pets.