Shortly after being hired in April 2021, Augie was dubbed the “Friday favorite” at Pinelands. To this day, our patients check in throughout the week to confirm his Friday availability so they can snag some extra canine cuddling time. For our patients in early recovery (especially those feeling homesick for their own animals), having a therapy dog present initiates a release of endorphins which, in turn, can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, provides a distraction from cravings/temptations to use, and instills the sense of calm that is needed to foster healthy coping skills. Whether he is on or off the clock, to say that we are grateful for Augie is an understatement!