Guide Dog Does Double Duty as Therapy Dog
Mazie Grace THDD CGC was born to be a guide dog and faithfully serves her owner Beverly Hammett of Starkville, MS, enabling Beverly to live a more independent life.
But Mazie’s service to others has not stopped there. In her off-duty, she works as a therapy dog in nursing homes and youth centers. She recently was honored with the AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished title for making more than 400 visits to cheer others.
Mazie was born on Aug. 29, 2010, in Selymar, CA, where she was trained by Guide Dogs of America to assist people with vision impairments. Beverly trained with Mazie in October 2012 and then they returned home to Mississippi where Mazie was quick to get to work.
“Mazie serves as a mentor and an educator as to what service and guide dogs can do,” Beverly said.
In addition, Mazie serves in many other capacities. “The first venue where Mazie shines is in the nursing home. While there, she does friendly visiting and encourages those undergoing physical therapy. For example, the patients can throw a ball, and Mazie can catch it,” she said. “The second venue Mazie serves is in the Boys and Girls Club. Here, Mazie provides a time for children to be comforted. She also serves as a great listener while children are practicing reading skills.”
Mazie received an award for four years of service at the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, Mazie also visits libraries, churches, daycares, hospitals, civic organizations, and more.
“Mazie Grace is multi-talented and shows all her skills as she is working as a therapy dog, guide dog, and animal assistance team dog,” Beverly said.