It’s September and parents are returning to the back to school routine. Parents everywhere are probably cheering! I bet know another set of parents who are also cheering, the parents of this cute and silly MASTdog of the month.
This special girl is not only on the MAST Therapy Dog team, but also on the Crisis Response Dog team, Medinah Shrine Therapy Dog Club (MSTDC). (Along with the likes of Mason, Liberty and Dandy, etc.) She is on call to go out to any disaster area and comfort victims of all kinds.
Let’s get to know her!
What is your name? Gemini Meyn
What breed are you? German Shepherd
Were you a rescue? No
How old are you? I am 4, but will be 5 on November 3rd!
How long have you been a therapy dog? 2 years
What made you want to become a therapy dog? I wanted to bring joy to all the people I visit and make the world a happier place one tail wag at a time.
How long did it take you to become certified? 10 weeks
What is your favorite part about being a therapy dog? Butt scratches!!
What is the biggest surprise you’ve had while being a therapy dog? How many people remember me on my visits.
What is your favorite toy? My mom’s tennis balls.
What is your favorite treat? Cucumbers! I know exactly when my mom is peeling them for her salad. And then I give her big ole puppy eyes.
What is your favorite spot to be pet? My booty and my tummy!
Do you have any favorite music? I like all kinds of music.
What does a therapy dog do, in your own words? A therapy dog is a special dog that brings happiness, peace, and calming to those who are in need.
What type of dog makes a good candidate for therapy dog work? Happy, wiggle butt, cuddly dogs!
What kind of training should a therapy dog get? Basic obedience, and therapy certification classes.
How much time do you spend being a therapy dog each month? Not as much as I would like. My mom is a full-time student and my dad has a full time job and is a Free Mason as well as a Shriner.
What is one suggestion you would make to someone considering becoming a therapy dog team? You should do it because it is a great way to give back to the community. It’s super fun too! You get so many butt scratches!
What can a therapy dog teach us about being good citizens? Being a therapy dog has shown me how much people appreciate dogs like me. It makes me feel good knowing I can make others feel better.
What do you do in your time off? I have lots of bones and ropes and stolen tennis balls, but my favorite thing to do is sleep! Or be the neighborhood watchdog!
Do you have any quirks? Yes, I have a floppy ear and a goofy personality to match!!
Any last comments? Yeah, do I get a treat now?