InterProfessional Animal-assisted Wellness (IPAW) Collaborative

Rosie & Orion, founding dogs, lie on the floor together

Orion (pictured at left) and Rosie are the founding pups of the IPAW Collaborative at Nazareth University. With their handlers, Dr. P. (Laura Poleshuck) and Professor (Missy) Reed, these Pet Partners registered therapy dogs are a part of daily university life; students can visit them at their offices and interact with them during IPAW Collaborative activities and through the IPAW Club. The dogs also enjoy participating in research studies, treating clients in the on-campus clinics, playing on the quad, and greeting students all over campus.

Tilly, therapy dog on campus

Tilly

  • Mixed breed (may be golden retriever and Labrador mix)
  • Born: September 1, 2022
  • Birth place: Ohio
  • Rescue organization: Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
  • First career: foster puppy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lives with: Orion and Laura Poleshuck (Dr. P.)
  • Qualification: Working on it! (Therapy dog in training)
  • Favorite pastimes: chewing on toys, playing with Orion, and meeting students
  • Office: York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute (YWRI) 129
Rosie wearing therapy dog vest

Rosie

  • English springer spaniel
  • Born: January 17, 2021
  • Birth place: Appalachian Kennels, Kentucky
  • First career: Family dog
  • Handler: Melissa Reed (Professor Reed), faculty member in music therapy, co-founder of the IPAW Collaborative
  • Qualification: Registered therapy dog, Pet Partners, May 2022; AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC S.T.A.R Puppy
  • Favorite pastimes: swimming, playing with Orion, walking with students, playing fetch
  • Office: York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute (YWRI) 272
Orion the dog with Swoop stuffed toys

Orion

  • Labrador retriever
  • Born: March 1, 2020
  • Birth place: Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center, Patterson, New York
  • First career: potential Guiding Eyes for the Blind guide dog (released in 2020 due to ear infections)
  • Handler: Laura Poleshuck (Dr. P.), faculty member in occupational therapy, co-founder of the IPAW Collaborative
  • Qualification: Registered therapy dog, Pet Partners, July 2021
  • Favorite pastimes: eating, playing with Rosie, visiting with students, sniffing
  • Office: York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute (YWRI) 129

The IPAW Club

  • Mission: To engage students in animal-related wellness activities that promote learning, connection, and service. We encourage students of any major to join us for fun activities and community service with others who are passionate about connecting with animals and people while considering the well-being of all.
  • The IPAW Pad: where club meetings, activities, and puppy play time occur. It's in the library basement behind the Writing Center.
  • Sample activities: dog-related crafts, blanket making service project, Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy class, photos with the dogs, and study breaks
  • Meeting schedule: Third Tuesday of the month at 12:15 pm in the IPAW Pad

Events, Spring 2023

Mondays:

  • bARC on the Road (weekly with Tilly) Library, Browsing Lounge 12-1pm
  • bARC Office Hours (weekly with Rosie)
    2-3pm, IPAW and Study Lounge, Smyth Hall 22

Tuesdays:

  • We will see you in the Lourdes Lobby (1st/4th Tuesdays of the month) or in an IPAW Club Meeting (3rd Tuesday of the month)
  • bARC Office Hours (weekly with Tilly) 2:30-3:30pm ,¬†IPAW and Study Lounge, Smyth Hall 22
  • Guiding Eyes Puppy Class (1st Tuesday of the month) 6-7pm, Shults Center Forum

Thursdays:

  • bARC on the Road (weekly with Rosie) Library, Browsing Lounge 12-1pm

Fridays:

  • bARC Office Hours (weekly with Orion) 1-2pm, IPAW and Study Lounge, Smyth Hall 22

Join us for many other events throughout the semester, follow the IPAW Instagram for updated information!