Stillinger adds dog to its canine therapy program

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Huxley is the newest member of a team certified therapy dogs at Stillinger Family Funeral Home.

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GREENFIELD – Huxley is the newest certified therapy dog for Stillinger Family Funeral Home.

Huxley, a 1-year-old Labradoodle, began his intuitive training at just 16 weeks old. He will bond and learn from his three therapy dog brothers – Harley, Harper and Foster – and offer healing and support to families and clients visiting the Greenfield, New Palestine and Cumberland funeral homes.

Stillinger Family Funeral Home was one of the first funeral homes in Indiana to offer canine support during services and they continue to grow their four-legged team, according to a press release.

“Over the years we have seen countless examples of a therapy dog’s ability to comfort, soothe and heal,” said David Stillinger, owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home. “Therapy dogs have been proven to improve mood, relieve anxiety and open the line of communication during difficult times. Huxley is a great addition to an already impressive team of four-legged healers.”

Huxley completed grief therapy dog training and earned a $2 million certification with Ultimate Canine in Westfield. According to Stillinger, his empathetic and calm personality makes him a “natural” therapy dog.

To make the most out of Huxley’s dedicated training, four Stillinger Family Funeral Home staff members have become certified handlers to not only serve by his side at work, but also provide support to the community in different venues.