“Happiness is a warm puppy,” Charles Shulz, creator of the well-known comic strip “Peanuts,” famously said. HHS leadership took the sentiment into account when they organized #PuppyCam, a livestream event intended to highlight various mental health initiatives across the department.
The stars of the event came courtesy of Hero Dogs, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides trained service canines for U.S. military veterans and first responders with disabilities. The seven yellow labrador puppies, wearing miniature red service vests, romped around their enclosure and played with each of the speakers.
NIH was well-represented at the event: NCCIH’s Dr. Wendy Weber and Dr. Erin Quinlan discussed mindfulness, yoga, stress and pain management. Chaplain Michael Zoosman of the Clinical Center’s spiritual care department led a meditation exercise.