Good Dog! Service Companions to Share the Joys of Stress-Reduction with Shoppers on Friday

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Orbit & Huckleberry will offer their special talents to Black Friday shoppers at Palm Springs’ El Paseo Village

Good Dog! Autism Companion Dogs

A service dog has the unique ability to be a bridge for a child with autism to connect with the world - Laura Sylvester

Black Friday is not known for being stress-free, but this year shoppers at El Paseo Village will have the unique opportunity to have a few moments of calm during the hustle-and-bustle of the day. Good Dog! Autism Companions Orbit and Huckleberry, along with founders Rick and Laura Sylvester, will share a little holiday cheer with shoppers that wish to de-stress with some Good Dog! Therapy – wags, pets and interaction – much like children with Autism Spectrum Disorders experience. They are hoping to spread the word about the positive impacts of human/canine connection, while raising awareness for #GivingTuesday.

Good Dog! Autism Companions is a registered non-profit that works to place a trained, service companion dog with qualified families that have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As part of #GivingTuesday – a global day dedicated to giving back – Good Dog! launched an campaign to help raise funds to make placing a fully-trained companion dog more efficient than the 2 years it currently takes.

“It has been scientifically proven that service dogs reduce the stress hormones in children with autism,” said Laura Sylvester, co-founder and director of Good Dog! Autism Companions. “We wanted holiday shoppers to experience the same stress reduction while we share our mission of how much a service dog can open up the world for a family living with autism.”
Good Dog! Companions Orbit and Huckleberry will be conveniently stationed throughout El Paseo Village to offer their services to harried shoppers:
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Starbucks - 73520 El Paseo Ste A1
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Apple Store - 73445 El Paseo
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. William Sonoma – Gardens on El Paseo Fountain
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saks Fifth Avenue – Gardens on El Paseo
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.     Piero’s Pizza Vino - 73722 El Paseo Suite 1
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. SuperMutts of El Paseo - 73722 El Paseo Ste 3

Join in on #GivingTuesday and support Good Dog!“Puppies Can Change the World” campaign which continues through December 5, 2014.

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