Introducing Marlin…Therapy Dog at ECCAC
Meet Marlin, a trained therapy dog and his owner/handlers, John and Lisa Dunphy. They help make the day a little better and brighter for child victims receiving services at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).
Marlin is a Border Collie, and once served the ECCAC with his pup-mate Tiny, a Great Pyrenees. Unfortunately, the beloved Tiny had left us but found his way to heaven. The Dunphy’s got the rescue dogs from a kennel in Kansas City. They have since passed the testing and training to be certified as TPC (Therapy Patient Connections) Good Citizenship Dogs. The Dunphy’s and their dogs have also been through training Animal Assisted Interaction classes.
“We volunteer with Tiny and Marlin to help out every other week at ECCAC’s Niceville Center,” commented the Dunphy’s. “As well, we make visits to the Gulf Coast Treatment Center for young girls in Ft. Walton Beach and the Twin Cities Pavilion assisted living facility in Niceville.