Boston.com Pets: Did you leave Boylston Street at all this week?
McCullough: Tufts Paws for People invited me on a few places they had been requested. These sort of first responders are on day 11 of helping people so we wanted to give some respite to these first responders who have been working tirelessly. The mental health counselor there said the entire building’s mood had completely turned around from a tired, glum mood to happy and relaxed. We were at the American Red Cross headquarters in Cambridge. While we were in Cambridge we swung around to the MIT police department because we wanted to show our respects to Sean Collier there. There is a memorial there for the officer and we stopped in and thanked them and a couple of the officers came out to pet the dogs and had some stress relief there as well. In the evening the Boston Athletic Association organized an event for the Boston Marathon volunteers. The volunteers were sort of helping each other sort through their feelings in the aftermath. They were able to share and help each other out. So our dogs were there to help people. People got to pet them while they talked.
Boston.com Pets: What else do you want us to know?
McCullough: We partner with therapy volunteers in the local community. The Red Cross and marathon volunteers (events), I was able to attend those because of Tufts Paws for People. I just want to emphasize that the therapy dogs that are serving the Boston community are here and are going to be serving Boston tomorrow and next week and next month and next year.
Boston.com Pets: Tell us about Bailey. What does Bailey do when she’s not working?
McCullough: When she’s just being a regular dog, she loves to chase the tennis ball, even at 14. I feel badly I didn’t bring it with us, she’s been missing her tennis ball. And she loves to eat. If you say the word “T-R-E-A-T” you will have her attention immediately.
Boston.com Pets: Is she right there listening? Is that why you spelled it?
McCullough: (laughs) Yes.
Boston.com Pets: How did you and Bailey travel here?
McCullough: We flew. Because she’s a working dog with her vest they allow her to fly in the cabin.
Boston.com Pets: Have you been to Boston before?
McCullough: No. This is our first trip. I really want to come back so I can explore more of the city. The buildings are beautiful. The people have been really friendly. I can’t wait come back and go to a Red Sox game.