Pit bull abandoned along Jackie Robinson Expressway has amazing ending 1 year later

From homeless pup to therapy dog!

The power of a pup

Greenwich Magazine discusses the populations our dogs serve and the benefits they bring to diverse groups of people.

The power of therapy dogs

Fox 5 reports on the positive influence therapy dogs can have on cancer patients.

How Ralph the dog helped a heart transplant succeed

CBS News profiles a Good Dog therapy team and its relationship with a young heart transplant patient

Therapy Dogs Help Cancer Patients Cope With Tough Treatments

People undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer may benefit from animal assisted therapy.

Study: Pet therapy may help cancer patients

Pet therapy may help cancer patients persevere through challenging treatments

2014 Year-End Review

Read about Good Dog’s accomplishments during 2014.

Meet the cute therapy pups helping kids learn to read

The New York Post profiles Good Dogs assisting students from P.S. 107.

When the going gets ruff

The New York Daily News highlights the life-changing work of Good Dog’s 1,000 certified therapy teams.

2013 Year-End Review

Good Dog teams changed over 345,000 lives in the organization’s 15th year of helping people heal.

Therapy Dogs are Just What the Doctor Ordered

Read about the healing work being done by Good Dog teams at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City.

FBI National Academy Associates Conference

On June 27, 2013, Rachel McPherson, Founder and Executive Director of The Good Dog Foundation, spoke at the at the FBI National Academy Associates Conference, New England Chapter in Plymouth, MA.

Good Dogs are Good Medicine

NY Pets Magazine Summer 2013 issue profiles The Good Dog Foundation and Executive Director Rachel McPherson for the exceptional healing work being performed by certified Good Dog teams.

CBS Evening News: Good Dog’s Research Study with Cancer Patients and work with Disaster Survivors

On May 25, The Good Dog Foundation was profiled on the CBS Evening News for our certified teams working with cancer patients and disaster survivors.

TEDx Talk on “Dogs Helping Humans Heal” by Good Dog’s Director of Operations

Mo Coffey, Good Dog’s Director of Strategic Growth and Operations, spoke at TEDx UMass Amherst on the proven power of certified therapy dogs helping humans heal.

Good Dogs Visit Boston After Bombings

On April 28, CNN featured Good Dog teams visiting the memorial at Copley Square in Boston, MA. Good Dogs have also visited firehouses and police stations in Boston and Watertown, MA. For more on Good Dogs in Boston, click here.
NOTE: Good Dogs are certified therapy dogs, and while they do provide comfort, they are certified and have much more stringent standards than comfort dogs.

Paws for a Cause: Q&A with Rachel McPherson of The Good Dog Foundation

Paw Nation chats with Rachel McPherson, Founder and Executive Director of The Good Dog Foundation, about the incredible work being done by Good Dog teams and how animal-assisted therapy is changing lives.

2012 Year-End Review

Same old dog…new great look! As we celebrate Good Dog’s 15th year of helping humans heal, we have redesigned our logo to emphasize the human-animal bond. Last year, more than 1,100 certified Good Dog teams provided animal-assisted therapy services to more than 330,000 patients,students, clients and facility staff in more than 315 facilities.

Therapy Dogs Aid Survivors, First Responders in Sandy Hook Tragedy

WLNY CBS New York interviews Good Dog’s Executive Director about responding to the tragedy in Newtown, CT.
Lewisboro Ledger profiles Ronan, a therapy dog working with children in Newtown, CT.
NPR discusses the impact of therapy dogs from The Good Dog Foundation working with children in Newtown, CT.

FEMA: A Maverick Way of Staying Calm

FEMA profiles the work of a Good Dog team visiting survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Good Dog Partners with CESAR® Canine Cuisine

Good Dog is one of three organizations nationwide working with CESAR to “Share a Story and Share the Love” to raise awareness about the incredible work being done by Good Dog teams.

Animal Planet Spot 1 of 2

A parent speaks about the impact of therapy dogs reading with her children at the Scarsdale Library.

Animal Planet Spot 2 of 2

A Good Dog volunteer speaks about his work with a children’s reading program at the Scarsdale Library.

Patient’s Best Friend: Therapy Animals Help Relieve Anxiety of Cancer

Cure Magazine profiles Good Dogs helping heal cancer patients.

Ole Miss grad’s animal therapy helps 9/11 survivors

Good Dog Founder and Executive Director is profiled for her work with The Good Dog Foundation.

Coping with the loss of a Good Dog

Good Dog owner Robert Tornambe speaks about the passing of his Good Dog Lily

Mary and Me

A Good Dog vounteer chronicles her journey as a therapy dog in The Huffington Post

Pets and Hospice Care: The Warmth of Touch

The Huffington Post profiles Good Dogs changing the lives of hospice patients.

NY Post is thankful for Good Dogs

The NY Post profiles three Good Dogs for which to be thankful.

The Weston Forum

Weston, CT therapy dogs keep on giving and giving.

The Wall Street Journal

The Good Dog Foundation is profiled along with Good Dog donor the Bruce G. Geary Foundation about its work and expansion.

9/11 Tenth Anniversary Recognition of The Good Dog Foundation

The Good Dog Foundation was recognized by many media outlets and charitable organizations for its work in disaster response after the attacks of September 11, 2011. Good Dog teams visited the NYC Family Assistance Center and traveled on ferries with victims’ families and survivors.

NY Daily News
The New York Times
Crains New York Business
A Tribute to 9/11 by Artist Ron Burns – Annie and Fidel
American Humane Association Tribute to the Hero Dogs of 9/11 – BroadwayWorld PR Newswire

Hero Dog Awards Kickoff Event

The Good Dog Foundation was selected to participate in the Hero Dog Awards Kickoff Event at Manhattan’s VA Medical Center on June 20, 2011. Five Good Dog volunteer teams were filmed as they visited patients at the hospital. Recording artist, actress and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Julianne Hough delivered an acoustic performance for the hospital staff, veterans and Good Dog volunteer teams.

Yahoo! News
Just Jared Jr.

E Online
Getty Images

Greenwich Patch

“Good Dogs are Great Listeners at Several Greenwich Public Schools”

Rye Patch

“Local Business Doing Doggone Good Deed”

Park Slope Patch

“At Prospect Park’s Coffee Bark, Dogs Let Loose”

Waterbury Repulican American

“Salisbury Pooch Party a Doggone Good Time for All”

Fire Island Tide

“Embarking on Positive Ventures: The Good Dog Foundation”

Country Living-The Mom’s Guide to Running a Business: Strategies for Work Success and Family Balance

Rachel McPherson is a contributor in Country Living – The Mom’s Guide to Running a Business: Strategies for Work Success and Family Balance. This book, by Michelle Ribeiro, provides everything a determined entrepreneur needs to know to successfully run her own business while raising a family. Through inspiring profiles, 28 women share diverse strategies on business development and operations, defining space and boundaries, and creating a viable work-family balance. A special “workshop” section also provides business basics for those just starting out.

Today Show

The Good Dog Foundation is featured in a segment on NBC’s Today Show. In the segment Sara Haines, Contributing Correspondent for NBC News’ Today Show, completes the Good Dog training program with her dog, Trix, and visits residents at the 80th St. Residence.

9/11 Memorial Podcast

Rachel McPherson discusses the role played by the trained therapy dogs at the Pier 94 Family Assistance Center and at the WTC site in this 9/11 Memorial podcast.

NY Times – Letter to the Editor

Good Dog volunteer Linda Frank’s letter to the editor is printed in the NY Times. Her letter is in response to an article entitled “Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way, Even Doses of Chocolate” and references the work of therapy dogs with Alzheimer’s patients.

Hudson Valley Magazine

The work of The Good Dog Foundation in the Hudson Valley is featured in the “See Spot Heal at the Good Dog Foundation” article in Hudson Valley Magazine.

Huffington Post

Robert Tornambe, M.D. writes about the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in an article entitled “The Most Important Reason to Get a Dog Instead of a Facelift.”

Bedford Katona Patch

”Teachers Lend a Helping Paw to the Good Dog Foundation”

New York Post

The Good Dog Foundation was featured in the New York Post on November 13, 2010 for its involvement in Pratt Institute’s Stress Free Day. Good Dog volunteer team Kara Baker and Enzo are mentioned for their participation.

The New York Times

The Good Dog Foundation was featured in The New York Times on November 11, 2010. The article discusses the work of Good Dog volunteer teams at the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, NY. An online slide show of the Good Dog volunteer teams working with students at Anderson accompanied the article on nytimes.com.

Martha Stewart Show

Good Dog volunteer team Diane McCallion-Maguire and Joaquin were on a segment of the Martha Stewart Show which mentions the work of The Good Dog Foundation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Lakeville Journal

The Good Dog Foundation’s reading program is featured in the Ossining School District’s newsletter.

Huntington Patch

“Author Proves Dogs Can Lend a Helping Hand”

Lakeville Journal

Rachel McPherson is featured as an author who participated in a Sharon, CT book signing.

BARK Magazine

Rachel McPherson is recognized as one of the “100 Best and Brightest in the World of Dogs” by BARK Magazine.

Daily News

The Good Dog Foundation begins visiting patients at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.


Rachel McPherson explains how to become a therapy dog team as a guest blogger on Petfinder.com.

Education Update

The Good Dog Foundation’s work in New York schools is featured in an Education Update article. Pat Winchester and Good Dog Dougal are mentioned.

Every Dog Has A Gift Book reviews

Every Dog Has a Gift, written by Rachel McPherson, Founder and Executive Director of The Good Dog Foundation, is reviewed in the following publications and blogs:


Read the Spirit

BARK Magazine

USA Today

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bookin’ with Bingo

The House of Seven Tails

Spirituality and Practice

Mrs. Biz Whiz

Spacecoast Living Magazine

Albany Times Union

Answers About Exploring New York With Your Dog

The Good Dog Foundation is mentioned in a New York Times article about activities to do with dogs in New York.

Animals as Therapists

The Good Dog Foundation is featured in a Poughkeepsie Journal article about the benefits of pet therapy.

Rachel McPherson Featured in Country Living Magazine

Rachel McPherson is featured and The Good Dog Foundation is mentioned in the February issue of Country Living Magazine. The article features the décor of Rachel McPherson and Pat McMullan’s upstate home, which includes collections of roosters, chickens and dogs.

Inspiring Tales

The Good Dog Foundation is featured in a story about the importance of therapy dogs in the December 2008 issue of Greenwich Magazine. Ji Eun Wax’s Good Dogs, Dolce and Piana, are mentioned for their work in the reading program at New Lebanon Elementary School in Byram, CT. Elizabeth Lynch’s Good Dog, Sophie, is also mentioned for her work in the psychiatric unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains.

A Reader’s Tail

The Good Dog Foundation’s reading program is highlighted in the winter issue of Scoop! newsletter. Adriane Adam’s Good Dog, Biscuit, is featured for his great work at PS 282 in Brooklyn.

Rachel McPherson: New Yorker of the Week

Rachel McPherson was featured as New Yorker of the Week by New York 1 News in May 2006 for founding and running The Good Dog Foundation as a volunteer. Roni Henning and her Good Dog Willow appeared in the segment as well. Click on one of the links below to view the full story.

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Clips courtesy of New York 1 News.

Read All About It

The Good Dog Foundation’s children’s literacy program at P.S. 75 in Manhattan, which employs therapy dogs to help at-risk children learn to read, was the subject of a news story on the WB11 News at 10 on February 17, 2006.