Every spring (and sometimes fall and summer!), we have to say good-bye to one or more someones in the Archives. Usually, these someones are students, as our student workers and Public History graduate students receive their degrees and head off into the next phase of their lives.
Today is much the same, as we say good-bye to someone who has been a fixture in the Archives since January: a service-dog-in-training named Isra.
One of our graduate assistants, Karis, is involved with the student organization 4Paws4Ability WSU, a branch of the larger 4Paws4Ability, which socializes and trains future service dogs for people with disabilities. The dogs live with a foster for a semester, and the foster and co-handlers take the dog with them everywhere they go (work, class, restaurants, shopping, etc.), to help acclimate them to the many people, places, and situations they will encounter in their work as a working service dog.
This semester, Karis has been helping to socialize a Golden Labrador puppy named Isra. And, as part of her socialization, Isra has been accompanying Karis to work in the Archives. You may have even seen Isra at the reference desk sometimes.
We have loved having Isra here in the Archives, just as we loved having A’Kos last semester. We’ll miss having Isra around. It’s been like having Fuzz Therapy every week! (By the way, Fuzz Therapy will be back at the Dunbar Library on Monday, April 28, from 10-2!)