Happy holiday weekend to all those celebrating Spring this weekend with family and friends! It may also be April Fool’s day today, but no fooling here: we are so happy we got to interview the pup with the most spring in her step! She might also be the dog voted most likely to play the Easter bunny in a movie. She sure is as soft and as cute as one! She’s our April 2018 MASTDog of the month. Let’s get to know her!

What is your name? Izzy (my people named me after Izze pop, but they spelled my name wrong)

What breed are you? Golden doodle

How old are you? 3 1/2 years old

How long have you been a therapy dog? Officially, 5 months. Non-official, my whole life (for my family).

What made you want to become a therapy dog? I wanted to make a positive difference in someone’s day and give kids a happy memory in a difficult time in their lives.

How long did it take you to become certified? 10 weeks

What is your favorite part about being a therapy dog?  Making children smile and giving cuddles to the vets. My person really appreciates their service!

What is the biggest surprise you’ve had while being a therapy dog? When I got into a moving box for the first time (I think it’s called an elevator) and when I saw Santa for the first time at Shriners….woah, that guy smells like delicious cookies!!

What is your favorite toy? My stuffed squeaky slug, monkey and my person-brother, Andy.

What is your favorite treat? Sardines…eggs…ice cream…anything but celery and lettuce.

What is your favorite spot to be pet? I LOVE a good ear scratch!

Do you have any favorite music? Pet Shop Boys, Three Dog Night and Howlin’ Wolf

What does a therapy dog do, in your own words? Therapy dogs help people forget their problems for a moment or two. I’m there to lighten a person’s day and bring a smile to their face.

What type of dog makes a good candidate for therapy dog work? A friendly, happy dog..oh, and one who’s potty trained, that helps A LOT (same goes for their person)!

What kind of training should a therapy dog get? Training with LOTS of cookies… but that’s not allowed. Therapy dogs need lots of practice and the training never stops, even after you get certified. Sometimes the person needs the training more than the dog!

How much time do you spend being a therapy dog each month? 4-5 days a month

What is one suggestion you would make to someone considering becoming a member of the therapy dog team? Do it! What are you waiting for? It’s a great way to volunteer and you’ll be with your favorite dog-friend. You’ll bring a smile to someone’s face which will put a smile in your heart. You will be part of a great pack. The people are really nice, the dogs are even nicer! Everyone we visit remembers our names, but not our peoples’ names (they like us more!).

What can a therapy dog teach us about being good citizens? We share many qualities of good citizens; we’re always there for each other, always willing to help those in need and we are good listeners..most of the time…did you say squirrel?!

What do you do in your time off? Sleep, go to the dog park and swim, I LOVE water!

Thanks Izzy, you energetic loving girl, you! I hope the lakes warm up for you just a little to continue your high flying into the water! Happy Spring everyone!

And if you are interested in volunteering with MAST, please check out this page for more info!