It’s that time! Our MASTdog of February is a busy and highly trained wonder-dog. Since it’s almost Valentines day, let’s meet a dog that will steal your heart! Read on to get to know her.

What is your name? My name is Pearl Lehrke or my official AKC name is “Chancery’s Timeless Black Pearl”

What breed are you?  I am a Belgian Sheepdog.


Were you a rescue?  No, I am not a rescue, but my two brothers are rescue dogs.

How old are you?  I am nine and a half years young, or in dog years a few years older than my Dad. I still can run faster than him. (hahaha)

How long have you been a therapy dog?  I have been a therapy dog since April 2017, and I love it.

What made you want to become a therapy dog? Well, my dad was talking to Bill Kolb one night, and he explained how exciting the MAST program was for his family, so I thought we would give it a try.

How long did it take you to become certified?  It took me one month to become certified, based on my past obedience and socialization training.

What is your favorite part about being a therapy dog?  My favorite part of being a therapy dog is giving snuggles, hugs and kisses.

What is the biggest surprise you’ve had while being a therapy dog? The number of people waiting to see me.

What is your favorite toy?  Every toy my brothers and sisters are playing with at the time.

What is your favorite treat?  My favorite treat is boiled Chicken.  My Dad gives it to me sometimes when I am a good girl.

What is your favorite spot to be pet? Anywhere, but especially under my chin and behind my ears, when I then start to show my teeth and smile.

Do you have any favorite music?   Mom and Dad put on music sometimes, and we dance.

What’s your favorite movie or TV show? Well, I don’t watch much TV, but anything with a dog gets my attention.

What does a therapy dog do, in your own words? As a therapy dog, I give emotional support to make others happy, and stress free.

Do you have a BFF (best friend)? If so, who? All of my brothers and sisters and my Mom and Dad’s Grandchildren.

What type of dog makes a good candidate for therapy dog work? My Dad says a well behaved, gentle dog which likes people and other dogs.

What kind of training should a therapy dog get? Obedience, Socialization, and Therapy class training.

How much time do you spend being a therapy dog each month? Some months are busier than others, but we try to do a couple visits per month.

What is one suggestion you would make to someone considering becoming a therapy dog team? Well, I would suggest as a partnership, to have fun and to enjoy the experience.

What can a therapy dog teach us about being good citizens?  As a Canine Good Citizen and a Therapy dog, I hope to spread the love and kindness to others.

What do you do in your time off?  I enter dog shows for Obedience, Rally, Scent work, and Agility, and when I am at home I wait at the door until Dad comes home.

Do you have any quirks?  I will ask my Dad, but is that a new treat?

Any last comments? I love being a therapy dog, seeing other dogs and people when doing a visit.  As soon as my vest comes out, I begin to smile.

Pearl, you are a sweet sweet girl, and your patients love your hugs and kisses. You are so soft and fluffy, I bet when people pet you, their stress just melts away. Thank you for all you do girlie!

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