Frito and his human, peer recovery coach Angel Wright.
When someone is wrestling with the emotions of recovery, Frito knows just what they need: a wagging tail, a gentle approach and the nuzzling encouragement to pet him.
An Australian shepherd and certified service dog, Frito’s irresistible charm has made him an office favorite. He makes rounds to visit staff — some of whom keep treats for him. But he saves his greatest affection for patients who need it.
“He just has a keen sense for when someone is anxious or having a hard time talking about their problems,” said Frito’s human, peer recovery coach Angel Wright.
“A lot of our patients are dealing with high anxiety. With a friendly dog sitting in front of them, it’s easier for them to verbalize what they’re going through. He has a very calm nature. He just loves people.”