Therapy goats brighten finals week at DU

Therapy goats brighten finals week at DU. 9News at 4pm. 05/01/2014.

DENVER - They aren't celebrities, but two visitors to the University of Denver's campus had everybody stopping in their tracks to take pictures.

Pygmy goats Duncan and Dahlia, from a local animal therapy ranch, visited the University's Sturm College of Law Thursday morning.

Smart phones and cameras were out in full force as laughing students tried to snap a photo of the pair, who waddled up and down the stairs outside of the law library, stopping to head-butt each other on the patio.

The odd couple had a way of lightening up an otherwise stressful week of final exams for students.

"They're hysterical. It's been so, so fun. You don't get this kind of happiness and laughter and smiling at any time in law school, especially during finals. It's been a blast having them here, and watching them head-butt each other, and mess around, and making everyone laugh," said Nicola Winter, second year law student and student bar association secretary.

Winter partnered with local nonprofit Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch in Lakewood.

The ranch has numerous therapy animals, including cats, dogs, rats, horses, and of course, Duncan and Dahlia.

The goats showed off their tricks for students and were rewarded with Kix cereal.

They have been at the animal assisted therapy center since they were babies, and are trained like dogs. They come when they're called and love to please people.

A normal day for Duncan and Dahlia is helping patients overcome trauma with the help of licensed therapists in counseling.

The goats aren't related; their caretakers describe them more as 'husband and wife.'

Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) is one of the first Professional Mental Health Counseling agencies in the nation to provide counseling and psychotherapy to clients on a Ranch property with a range of animals.

For more information on their programs, visit:


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