French Bulldog 'Tate' wins Sterling Award
A local French bulldog has won an award that has placed him in elite status with other dogs in his breed.
Tate, a Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog owned by Paul and Mary Raleigh of Fredericksburg, received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy at the 2013 French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Awards Banquet in Topeka, Kansas.
Tate’s AKC registered name is “CH Haloridge I’ve Got It Covered, THD, CGC, ROM Silver”.
The event was held in mid-September.
Of all the dogs in the French Bulldog Club of America, Tate is only the third to receive this award.
In 2010, Tate and Mary became a certified therapy dog team through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. They visit Hill Country Memorial Hospital, nursing homes, retirement homes, children’s reading programs, Boys and Girls Club programs and participate in various community events, including Wounded Warriors picnic and Relay for Life.
They are one of 20 certified Bright and Beautiful therapy dog teams currently active in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities, under the leadership of Sharon Smith, Program Director and Certified Evaluator for The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.