Meet the newest member of ETSU Public Safety: Pepper the therapy dog!


RECEIVE FIVE FREE WINGS. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND HELP SAVE LIVES. THERE IS A NEW DOG ON CAMPUS. AND SHE IS ALREADY CAPTURING A LOT OF HEARTS. SHE IS PROBABLY ABOUT TO CAPTURE YOURS TOO. THERE WELCOMING THE NEWEST MEMBER OF ETSU’S PUBLIC SAFETY TEAM TO DAYTIME. AND SHE IS BROUGHT ALONG A FEW FRIENDS AS WELL. BILL MITCHELL AND CAPTAIN MARK TIPTON. IT IS GREAT TO HAVE ALL OF YOU ON THE SHOW. AND OF COURSE THE GUEST OF HONOR IS RIGHT HERE. YOU SAID SHE IS EXHAUSTED. SHE IS GETTING A BREAK HERE TELL US A BIT ABOUT PEPPER. SHE ONLY BEEN ON CAMPUS FOR A FEW DAYS AND HAD A BIRTHDAY PARTY AND ALL KINDS OF GOOD STUFF? PEPPER WILL HAVE A BIRTHDAY AND BE TWO YEARS OLD THIS SATURDAY. SHE’S ONLY BEEN OFFICIALLY EMPLOYED SINCE MONDAY. THIS IS THE THIRD DAY. VERY EXHAUSTING LAST FEW MONTHS. TROUBLE FROM FLORIDA AFTER HER TRAINING TO HERE. THE KIDS JUST LOVE HER. AND YOU STARTED THIS CAPTAIN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND HE SAW THIS IN PROGRESS. TELL ME A BIT ABOUT HOW THIS GOT STARTED? I WAS VISITING THE CAMPUS OF VANDERBILT. ADULT JUST WENT RUNNING DOWN THE HALLWAY. AND I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF ODD. SO I ASKED HIM ABOUT IT AND THEY SAID THAT’S THE COMFORT DOG. THE THERAPY DOG. AND I SAID HOW DOES IT WORK? AND THEY TOLD ME AND I THOUGHT YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE GREAT FOR ETSU. SO AS TIME WENT ON, I GOT TOGETHER WITH THE CANINE OFFICERS THERE AND THEY PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH ALLISON STRAPS WHICH IS IN BREVARD COUNTY FLORIDA. THEY TRAIN AND DONATE THESE THERAPY DOGS TO POLICE AGENCIES ACROSS UNITED STATES. WHEN WE WENT DOWN TO A SCHOOL THERE WAS ALREADY ONE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ANOTHER ONE WAS GETTING THE SECOND DOG WHEN WE WERE DOWN THERE. AND THEN WE BROUGHT HER HOME AND SHE HAS BEEN A HIT. SHE’S BEEN ON CAMPUS FOR THREE DAYS. EMAILS AND CALLS FOR HER TO MAKE SHOWINGS HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL. THAT IS AMAZING. YOU SAID 20 THAT YOU HAD A BIG CONTEST WHERE PEOPLE WERE SUBMITTING DIFFERENT NAMES? WE DID. IT WAS GOING FOR A FEW WEEKS. WE HAD OVER 500 NAMES AND IN FROM THE PUBLIC. PEPPER WAS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. BACK IN THE 80s AND EARLY 90s WE HAD A MASCOT NAME PEPPER THE BIRD AND WE THOUGHT THAT THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE. SO THAT IS HER NAME. THAT IS HER NAME. SPEAKING ABOUT BUCKY HOW IS BUCKY HANDLING THE SHINING SPOTLIGHT? THEY HAVE NOT MET YET. WE HOPE TO GET THEM TOGETHER SOON AND GET SOME PICTURES TAKEN. I THINK BUCKY WILL WELCOME HER AND HE WILL HANDLE IT PRETTY WELL. THEY WILL BE GOOD FRIENDS. SHE WILL COMFORT HIM. YES. YOU ARE OF COURSE HANDLING HER AND SHE IS GOING TO BE WITH YOU. SO I CAN ALREADY TELL THAT THE BOND THAT YOU HAVE WITH PEPPER IS SPECIAL. WHAT IS IT LIKE WITH YOU WHEN YOU ARE TAKING HER OUT ON CAMPUS AND SEEING THE RESPONSE? IT IS EXACTLY LIKE I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. MY KIDS HAVE ALREADY SAID THANK YOU I NEEDED THIS TODAY. SHE’S BEEN HERE FOR 10 DAYS. THEY LOVE HER TO DEATH ALREADY. AND IT IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT THEY LOOK FORWARD TO EVERY DAY. SHE LOVES TO GIVE KISSES AS WELL. IT JUST GIVES THEM A PUSH. SO WE WERE TALKING ABOUT COLLEGE AND YOU THINK OF ALL THE FUN THAT THEY HAVE BUT THERE’S ALSO A LOT OF STRESS AND BEING HOMESICK. THINGS LIKE THAT IN THE FRESHMAN YEAR. YES. THERE IS A LOT OF STRESS. THE EVERYDAY PART OF BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT. JUST BRINGING IT IN. IT MAKES THE OFFICERS MORE APPROACHABLE. THEY TALK TO THE OFFICERS AND THEY REALIZE THAT YOU KNOW HE’S JUST LIKE THEY ARE. AND IT MAKES THE BOND BETWEEN OFFICERS AND STUDENTS EVEN BETTER. SHE JUST STARTS IT. BUT SHE WILL BE IN THE HALLWAYS AND CLASSROOMS AND SIDEWALKS AND JUST TRY TO BRING SOMEONE A BRIGHTER DAY. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE ON DAYTIME. DON’T FORGET SHE IS THE NEW THERAPY DOG AT ETSU. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING HER ON

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