Waverly, a therapy dog who worked with those who stutter in Alaska, passed away recently. She would have been six years old in June.

Condolences are pouring in from around the world.

"Waverly left us very suddenly — and as always with beloved dogs — way too soon," wrote Margaret Griffo, who is a speech-language pathologist and used Waverly to help with therapy.

Waverly was featured in the Stuttering Foundation's Winter 2016 Newsletter. Waverly worked so well with her patients, Margaret said, because dogs are non-judgmental. “People are judgmental, dogs aren’t. And those who struggle with fluency know the difference.”

Waverly is remembered as "an extraordinary dog worthy of a book, who — through her absolute unconditional love, generous, trusting spirit and desire to support those who were hurting or in need — touched many in Alaska as well as the lower 48. She fulfilled a great purpose every day of her life. Her eyes seemed to be able to read people's souls and she reached the hurt inside. Never demanding anything in return, she sought out and bonded with those in need. She was loved, she loved, and she will be remembered."

Waverly was Alaska's first Certified National Crisis Response Canine and loved all the places she went and the people she met.

Posted May 23, 2019