Going to the Dogs
2 year old Eli Arding gives Max a hug -photos 250news
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George RCMP Victim Services Therapy Dog, Max and two new recruits in training, Yogi and Henry were hugged, patted and snuggled with by some members of the Prince George community this afternoon.
This is Assistance Animal day, and the three pooches were front and centre for a meet and greet at the Prince George RCMP Detachment this afternoon.
Henry, a Schnauzer/Shitzu cross and Yogi, a pure bred Pug, are in training to become therapy dogs and today’s event was just as much a training exercise for them as it was a chance for the public to meet the dogs which are used to calm those in need.
Max is the largest of the three, a lab cross, he has already played a role in the Prince George Courthouse being the calming factor for those who are called upon to testify.
Yogi ( top right) and Henry ( bottom right) still have a long way to go before they can be used for those situations. Trainer and Therapy Dog Coordinator Krista Levar says she is working with the two smaller dogs with hopes they can pass the tests and be used in situations where a small dog may be better suited, partly because they are “a little more portable”.
The new recruits were put head to head in an ice cream eating contest, and, well it was no contest at all , as Yogi took a couple of licks and backed off the cool vanilla scoop in his bowl. Henry licked his bowl clean.
There was no shortage of pats and hugs for the pooches, as below, 2 1/2 year old Ephraim Stewart gives Yogi a pat.