Archie The Newfoundland Spreads His Love To Abused And Neglected Children

Archie

Archie works hard at his job. This 165-pound Newfoundland has worked at Casa Pacifica, a Venutra County oasis for abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed children, for the past two years.

The idea of Archie started with Vicki Murphy, Casa Pacifica’s Director of operations and development. She had seen how much a dog could influence children in positive ways. She thought that dogs could perhaps help children whose human role models had failed them or hurt them.

Murphy chose a Newfoundland because of their gentle and playful nature. At first, some children are afraid by Archie’s big size. But since Archie is such a lovable dog, the children know that he is warm and friendly. They feel a sense of security with him.

Children of all ages look to Archie for support and encouragement. They read to Archie, tell him of their frustrations, and just sit by him when they need a friend.

A toddler who arrived at Casa Pacifica when she was 11 months old spoke her first word there: Archie.

A study presented at an American Heart Association conference has even shown that the value of a therapy animal. In the group visited by a dog, anxiety levels dropped 24%, compared with a 10% drop in patients visited by a human volunteer and no drop in those with no visitor.

The children at Casa Pacifica do not need studies to know that Archie has been a positive influence on their lives.

From LA Times:

As for the drooling, Murphy and the other staffers have learned to live with what the kids call Archie’s “schnarf.” Murphy bought stacks of white cotton shop towels, and everyone from the receptionist to Elson keeps one nearby to wipe slobber off walls, desks and laps.

At Casa Pacifica, Archie starts each day by greeting everyone who works there. Unfolding from the back seat of Murphy’s Chrysler in the morning (her husband was right about those nights and weekends), he pokes his big, square head into every office before posting himself at the door to await the children.

Like many large breeds, Newfies are prone to joint problems. Most recently, Archie blew out his hip playing with Tallulah, Murphy’s Shih Tzu, a silken-haired dog about the size of a loaf of bread.

Donations paid for the repairs. As Archie recovered, handmade get-well cards covered Casa Pacifica’s walls and doors. The kids missed him. Home alone, the dog howled.

Murphy decided that work was the best medicine, and so Archie limped back to the office, his leg in a cast. And children who had known great callousness in their lives treated the giant canine with exquisite tenderness.

14 Responses to “Archie The Newfoundland Spreads His Love To Abused And Neglected Children”

  1. elizabeth says:

    OK, this story from the LA Times had me bawling. So touching. Newfies are great dogs. Smelly and slobbery, but absolutely GREAT dogs.

  2. Senas Mom says:

    What a sweet picture of the three toddlers hugging Archie. You can tell what a special soul he is. I’m also thinking you might be able to saddle him and let the children go for a ride.

  3. 3FURS says:

    Newfoundland dogs, just like Newfoundland citizens, are the best. The best province in Canada. Just ask the many passengers on the American planes that were diverted here during 9-11 and got a taste of the kindness of Newfoundlanders. These dogs were reared with this kindness and that is their nature.

  4. Solly says:

    Such a sweet sweet picture. God bless the big Newfie!

  5. Roberto P. says:

    Wonderful, drooly dogs. My brother-in-law has an 11 year Newfie named Max. All the kids in the neighborhood love him. Perfect breed for therapy.

  6. Roberto P. says:

    Wonderful, drooly dogs. My brother-in-law has an 11 year old Newfie named Max. All the kids in the neighborhood love him. Perfect breed for therapy.

  7. Katie says:

    I love the picture of the kids with the Newfie. Newfie’s are such sweet big hearted dogs. The stories showing how our pets can touch lives, are the best.

    Katie

  8. Coranewf says:

    What an awesome story!!! Admittedly, I’m partial to Newfs, but wow… what an awesome boy!!!

  9. thomas says:

    A truly great story of an inspirational dog!!

  10. Trudy Jackson says:

    What a wonderful dog. and He helps these poor little children, how heartening. I had one when I was a very small child. i got lost wondering in a snowstorm, and She stayed with Me the whole time. Never left my side until i was found. Just wonderful dogs.

  11. Patricia says:

    Thank you for including this wonderful story! Since 3/16, it’s been hard to find good news.

  12. dog collar addict says:

    that’s a really nice story & i’m glad that children in difficult situations have access to a pet.

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