Black Friday is not known for being stress-free, but this year shoppers at El Paseo Village, California will have the unique opportunity to have a few moments of calm during the hustle-and-bustle of the day.
Good Dog! Autism Companions Orbit and Huckleberry, along with founders Rick and Laura Sylvester, will share a little holiday cheer with shoppers that wish to de-stress with some Good Dog! Therapy – wags, pets and interaction – much like children with Autism Spectrum Disorders experience. They are hoping to spread the word about the positive impacts of human/canine connection, while raising awareness for #GivingTuesday.
Good Dog! Autism Companions is a registered non-profit that works to place a trained, service companion dog with qualified families that have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As part of #GivingTuesday – a global day dedicated to giving back – Good Dog! launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to make placing a fully-trained companion dog more efficient than the 2 years it currently takes.
Co-founder and director of Good Dog! Autism Companions, Laura Sylvester, stated,“It has been scientifically proven that service dogs reduce the stress hormones in children with autism. We wanted holiday shoppers to experience the same stress reduction while we share our mission of how much a service dog can open up the world for a family living with autism.”
Good Dog! Companions Orbit and Huckleberry will be conveniently stationed throughout El Paseo Village to offer their services to harried shoppers:
- 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Starbucks – 73520 El Paseo Ste A1
- 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Apple Store – 73445 El Paseo
- 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. William Sonoma – Gardens on El Paseo Fountain
- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saks Fifth Avenue – Gardens on El Paseo
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Piero’s Pizza Vino – 73722 El Paseo Suite 1
- 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. SuperMutts of El Paseo – 73722 El Paseo Ste 3
Join in on #GivingTuesday and support Good Dog!“Puppies Can Change the World” campaign which continues through December 5th.
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