Even though the temperatures don’t remind us much of spring, this happy guy puts a spring in your step after you’ve met him! He is a very familiar face week to week at Advocate IL Masonic Medical Center. Let’s meet the MASTdog of March, this lovable, cute, and full-of-energy boy!

What is your name? Hines

What breed are you? I am rescue pup and am a mix of Spaniel and Terrier, but my mom thinks I am also part Whippet because of the way I love to sprint!

Were you a rescue? Yes! My mom was rescued and had us while in foster care.

How old are you? I am 6 years young and have puppy energy.

How long have you been a therapy dog? I just began my therapy dog career in summer of 2018!

What made you want to become a therapy dog? I love to make people happy and spread cheer to everyone in the hospital.

How long did it take you to become certified? About 3 months, it was so fun!

What is your favorite part about being a therapy dog? Helping patients forget about their worries and feel loved.

What is the biggest surprise you’ve had while being a therapy dog? I never knew how exciting it was to go to work with my mom! She works at AIMMC (Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center) too.

What is your favorite toy? My antler horn, I love to chew on it.

What is your favorite treat? Does steak or chicken count? Or anything my mom cooks for me.

What is your favorite spot to be pet? Cuddled up with my humans.

Do you have any favorite music? I don’t like loud noises!

What’s your favorite movie or TV show? I’m not a huge fan of TV, I’m usually trying to get my mom to pay attention to me. Sometimes I like to watch animal planet when she’s not home.

What does a therapy dog do, in your own words? Bring happiness to those who are stressed and in pain!

Do you have a BFF (best friend)? If so, who? I have sooooo many friends, I love to be social. I love everyone!

What type of dog makes a good candidate for therapy dog work? You need to be super friendly and love people! I can sense when someone is sad or scared, so I love to lean in and give them some affection.

What kind of training should a therapy dog get? We need to be obedient and also keep our handlers in line. I have to make sure everyone behaves, haha!

How much time do you spend being a therapy dog each month? I work about a half to whole day per week. I’m exhausted after therapy days!

What is one suggestion you would make to someone considering becoming a therapy dog team? Do it! It’s so awesome to spread happiness and joy!

What can a therapy dog teach us about being good citizens? It’s important to treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect, you never know what someone is going through!

What do you do in your time off? I love to go on long walks by the lake, play catch and cuddle with my mom!

Do you have any quirks? I can be pretty silly. Sometimes I will whine and complain if I’m not getting attention!

Any last comments? I LOVE being a therapy dog!

MAST loves you and thanks you for your fantastic ability to make people smile. Mr. Hines, you are very loved by your assistant handlers, like these ladies right here:

Thanks for the interview Hines! You are a wonderful Therapy Dog and you make everyone smile. You are friendly as can be. MAST is so glad to have you as part of our family!

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