ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue2 - Page 5

TRIBUTE Th is m on t h w e pay t r ibu t e t o an im al h elper s in h on or of St u den t Ser vices' n ew t h er apy dog in t r ain in g, Ju n o. Ju n o is pict u r ed on t h e opposit e page an d on t h e f r on t cover w it h h er h an dler an d pr ou d ow n er , APS coor din at or of social w or k Joe Yar id. An im als h ave a w on der f u l w ay of r em in din g u s w h at it is t o be a f r ien d an d w h at it is t o be loyal. Th eir love is u n com plicat ed an d u n con dit ion al. Did you k n ow ? A 2018 fM RI st u dy by Pr ich ar d an d colleagu es pr oved w h at m an y dog ow n er s h ave k n ow n all alon g: Dogs r eally DO k n ow an d u n der st an d h u m an lan gu age! Th e fM RI dat a in dicat ed t h at dogs discr im in at ed bet w een w or ds, an d r egion s of t h e br ain t h at act ivat ed in r espon se t o specif ic k n ow n w or ds w er e sim ilar t o t h e r egion s act ivat ed in h u m an s du r in g lan gu age t ask s. Th e st u dy also con f ir m ed t he people-pleasin g n at u r e of dogs. Th e dogs h ad gr eat er n eu r al act ivat ion w h en t h ey h ear d gibber ish . Wh y? Th ey w er e t r yin g so h ar d t o u n der st an d w h at w as bein g said t h eir br ain s w er e w or k in g over t im e! I w ou ld lik e t o dedicat e t h is issu e t o m y beloved Cavalier Kin g Ch ar les, Piper (2007-2019). WRITTEN BY: SARA STETSON