Ajax, a long-haired German shepherd named after the hero in Greek mythology (not the household cleaner), is the newest member of the team of wellness dogs in MacEwan’s PAWSS program.

Security Services staff member shares his stress-busting dog with students

October 30, 2018 | Campus Life
Back when I was a Police and Investigations student, my friends and I used to drive all the way from MacEwan’s south campus in Mill Woods during exams to see the wellness dogs.

When I graduated and started working in MacEwan’s Security Services, I’d always watch to see when the dogs were on campus and if it wasn’t busy, I’d take my break and go visit in my uniform.

So when I got Ajax about a year-and-a-half ago, PAWSS was already in the back of my mind. I’d get home after a stressful day or night at work, and I could see the positive effect he had on me. When we started going to puppy class, I realized how smart and calm he is. People say I’ve done a good job training him, but it really isn’t me – it’s all him. He has such a great demeanor, and I wanted to share that with people, so I signed us up for PAWSS.

We come to MacEwan on my days off, but to me, volunteering with PAWSS is connected to my work in Security Services – we really are here for the students. I’ve been a student before, so I know what it’s like to have a bad day. When Ajax and I can help make a student’s day a little bit better, that feels really good.

– Dejan, Security Services agent and alumnus, Police and Investigations (‘12)

PAWSS is hosting drop-in sessions at Roundhouse on Fridays between 4 and 6 p.m. Pets Assisting with Student Success (PAWSS) is a program created by nursing faculty members. Learn more about PAWSS.

Dejan and Ajax dropped by the Welcome Centre in Building 6 to say hello to students. 

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