Ralphie is a survivor of neglect and abuse who now provides emotional support to others. He attends treatment sessions with clients who express interest in his gentle and soothing presence. Ralphie, a large pitbull, provides a sense of safety to people who sometimes feel unsafe in the world and is a source of unwavering love for people who sometimes feel unloved.

Ralphie's clinical approach includes gently resting next to clients, and many people have remarked that softly stroking Ralphie's head during a session evokes a sense of calm, security, and comfort.