Another in the long list of rescued animals who now provide animal assisted therapy and bring joy to the lives of so many people.
Everybody, meet Harris! A German Sheppard mixed breed who was adopted from the SPCA of Western Quebec in July of 2008. He was put at the shelter as a puppy by a family who adopted him at the same time as they had a baby. The family found they were unable handle a toddler, an infant and a puppy so Harris was surrendered to the SPCA. Now living in the Ottawa area with his owner, Carol, Harris is an active pooch with a calm, gentle disposition. He enjoys playing with four-legged friends as much as visiting with patients at a local hospital, where he has captured the hearts of many.
Harris has excelled in a number of canine training programs: including the Canine Good Citizen Neighbour test, agility, Rally Obedience and Competitive Obedience. All the training paid off when Harris and Carol became a certified Ottawa Therapy Dog team on October 3, 2010 after passing the gruelling 15-part evaluation.
As a team, Harris and Carol visit regularly with long-term care patients at the Perley Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre Hospital and have made a number of new friends. In fact, Harris is now a “pin-up” in many of the patients’ rooms and is just as popular with staff members. The team also visits every week with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients at the Perley Guest House. If you would like to follow Harris’ progress he has his own Happy Tails Page on the SPCA of Western Quebec Website.