Mochi the Bernese Mountain Dog is the latest addition to the grief support team of a funeral home in North Carolina. She’s being trained as a therapy dog to comfort people during some very tough times.
Mochi was introduced by the Macon Funeral Home in a Facebook post that said:
“She’s an eight-week-old Bernese Mountain Dog who loves people and loves to sleep. We hope she will become a member of our grief support team and make therapy visits to those in need with her mom, Tori McKay.”
It’s been a dream of Tori’s to have a dog on-site, and now it’s a reality. Mochi was chosen specifically for her breed, Tori says.
“The Bernese Mountain Dog is a very loyal, affectionate and gentle animal, and has always been my choice for a potential grief therapy dog. They have a history of being excellent therapy and support dogs, which comes from their kind disposition and laid-back personalities.”
Mochi will undergo more formal training when she turns six months old. In the meantime, Tori is training and socializing the dog herself! The sweet doggo has already made a strong impression since joining the funeral home.
“So far, everyone has been so supportive, and Mochi has already made a difference in families’ lives this week. I have had people reach out for grief therapy, and the reception on Facebook has been incredible.”
We love this idea and hope it catches on at other funeral homes across the world!