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AKC Awards First Distinguished Therapy Dog (THDD) Title

(Wednesday, July 02, 2014)
With more than 400 therapy dog visits to his credit, David Boehner’s Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, “Bear,” was awarded the AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (THDD) title and gold medal on July 1, 2014.

The THDD requires that the owner and dog complete at least 400 volunteer visits in therapy settings.

Formally known as GCH CH Bear Hug Cee Barry Rockbridge, JH, THD, Bear has done well in both conformation and field events. “We are extremely proud that dogs like Bear not only excel in conformation and field events, but they also make a huge difference in the lives of others,” said Doug Ljungren, AKC Vice-President of Sports and Events.

In 2013, when the West Fertilizer plant exploded in Texas killing 15 people and injuring more than 160 others, Bear and David provided comfort to victims and families.

Bear is a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners® and he and David share their time and compassion through the Baylor Scott & White PUP Program in Waco, Texas.

Baylor Scott & White Hospital is an extremely progressive medical center that is committed to a patient focused approach. For some patients, a therapy dog like Bear is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to feeling better.

For more information on AKC Therapy Dog titles, click here.

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