The University of Mount Union’s Continued Learning Program Features the Benefits of Therapy Dogs

February 20, 2017

ALLIANCE, OH- On Tuesday, February 14, the University of Mount Union will be continuing its annual Continued Learning Program with presenter Ruth DeFranco from the Paws & Reflect Therapy Dog International, Inc. discussing the benefits of therapy dogs.

A native of the Alliance area, Ruth DeFranco is a dedicated member of the Paws & Reflect Therapy Dogs International, Inc., an organization of volunteers that bring therapy dogs to the Alliance Community Hospital, Community Care Center, local schools and several other locations. DeFranco has trained and raised several therapy dogs, including a Chihuahua named Bear that was famous for riding his remote control motorcycle for countless people, including those at Fox 8 news in Cleveland. The dogs at Paws & Reflect have brought peace and happiness to numerous individuals, including DeFranco herself. This February 14, DeFranco will discuss the impact and benefits of therapy dogs.

The remaining CLP sessions will also take place in the Newbold Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168 or via email at

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