Pet therapy dog brings cheer to Stratford

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Some Stratford folks who grab a cup of Joe in the morning are also getting a dose of pet therapy.

Basil is a pet therapy dog for those who just need a smile.

“The people come in smiling and they say you know, he just made my day,” said Brad Moroni, Basil’s Owner.

During their morning walk Basil and his owner, Brad Moroni, make a pit stop outside Dunkin Donuts on Main Street in Stratford to greet folks.

pet therapy

“He brings a smile to everybody’s face, it’s a great thing to see in the morning,” said Melissa Morzello, Stratford.

Just about every morning you’ll find Basil relaxing underneath this tree with a Pet Therapist sign above that reads, “Pet Therapist, Please Pet Me.”

“You just sit there and you pet him and he is just kind of gobbling it up and that’s basically him,” said Tom O’Neil, Stratford.

LINK: More Photos of Basil, The Pet Therapist

Most people can’t resist stopping by to visit Stratford’s pet therapist on four legs.

Moroni brings the American Pit Bull Terrier to hospitals, health care facilities and the local VA  to meet those who need some cheering up.

“We’ve been to the hospice ward at the veteran’s hospital in West Haven and these gentlemen are in some rough shape but they feel they are never going to get to see their dog again so they call Basil up on to their bed and hug him, the difference is astounding,” said Moroni.

petting basil

“When people come and bring their dogs and talk with the patients, it just brightens their day up,” said Barbara Galli, Stratford.

Basil will be turning 10 this year, and his owner is expecting a big celebration.

“You’ll ask anybody who walks by they will do a little pet and give him a kiss and all good, and everybody knows his name,” said Morzello.

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