In honor of National Take your Dog to Work Day, we would like to highlight a special member of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Wally is the resident therapy dog at Fire and Rescue Station 32, Fairview. He is a golden-doodle who is a fully trained, certified therapy dog that was donated to the department by the Caring Angels Therapy Dogs and sponsored by Sit Means Sit.
Wally is part of a pilot program instituted by the department that hopes to use therapy dogs to benefit on-duty personnel at the fire stations. The department’s Behavioral Health Office is evaluating the use of these specially-trained dogs to reduce the cumulative stress firefighters experience witnessing traumas and tragedy throughout the course of their careers.
Wally lives at Station 32 year-round. Each shift has a designated, trained handler who is responsible for Wally’s daily care. Wally quickly has become a member of the firehouse family and everyone is grateful to have him around.