One of the best parts of being the blogger for this great organization is that I get to interview so many amazing dogs! I get to learn more about their lives and their handler’s lives.

This month I am full of joy to get to know two wonderful and loving individuals. May I present to you, the interview with SUPER DAVE and THE HARV!

Dave found out about Harvey from his mail carrier. The carrier knew Dave was a Boxer fan and came to know of a Boxer in need on their delivery route. Knowing Dave was a huge animal lover, the mail carrier set Dave and his family on a track to be able to rescue, nay, SAVE a Boxer who was being mistreated, and was severely malnourished. Harvey would tell you, SUPER Dave saved his life! With Dave and his family’s love, a shy and abused animal became one of the BEST and super loving Therapy dogs around! Harvey is a total love bug.

Let’s get Harvey to tell us a little more about himself:

What is your name? Harvey, aka: The Harv


What breed are you? I am pure love! I was rescued by my hero, Super Dave, when I was 13 months old from some absolutely tragic conditions. Oh, actual breed? Boxer!

How old are you? 10 years old

How long have you been a therapy dog? 4 years, I love being with people!


What made you want to become a therapy dog? I like making people happy

How long did it take you to become certified? 4 months

What is your favorite part about being a therapy dog? Helping with physical therapy -I love to help people walk

What is the biggest surprise you’ve had while being a therapy dog? How much positive attention I get! Just wow!


What is your favorite toy? A rope bone, just this rope with a knot, could play with it ALL DAY.

What is your favorite treat? ALL treats! I am not selective!

What is your favorite spot to be pet? I love my ears rubbed!


Do you have any favorite music? I love Classical, especially Beethoven.

What does a therapy dog do, in your own words? Happy work!

What type of dog makes a good candidate for therapy dog work? Happy dogs with a good disposition


What kind of training should a therapy dog yet? TOPs Training!! I got TDI certified.

How much time do you spend being a therapy dog each month? 40 hours

 

What is one suggestion you would make to someone considering becoming a therapy dog team? Have patience and give a lot of love!


What can a therapy dog teach us about being good citizens? How to be loving and have a positive attitude. Oh, and how to give back to the community!

What do you do in your time off?  Loves to play with Super Dave’s grand kids!

Harvey is one of the original MASTdogs. Super Dave and The Harv can be found weekly at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center visiting the veterans. Thank you Dave and Harvey for all you do, and we are so glad that your two lives connected because both of you are super loving and super fun to get to know. I think you may have saved each other!

Special note: Harvey’s “agent” is Therapy Dog Ariel. Please to through her for any fan mail or questions! (hee hee!)

 

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