With more than 400 therapy dog visits to his credit, Bear, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, was awarded the AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (THDD) title and gold medal on July 1, 2014.

Bear, a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners, has done well in both conformation and field events, but he seemed to also have a special knack for helping people. He and his owner, David Boehner, share their time and compassion through the Baylor Scott & White PUP Program in Waco, Texas. 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.

“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.

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.

The THDD title requires that the owner and dog complete at least 400 volunteer visits in therapy settings. Congratulations to Bear and David on this remarkable accomplishment! 

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