Two local therapy dogs recognized for service

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Two local therapy dogs were recently recognized for their efforts during the 2018 French Bulldog Club of America Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cruise (GCH CH HaloRidge’s Gimme A Sea of Flames, THDA, CGC, ROM Silver), and Trinket (CH HaloRidge’s Keepsake, THDA, CGC), received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy Dog work. 

“To date, there have only been eight French Bulldogs, including Cruise and Trinket, that have received this prestigious award,” owners Paul and Mary Raleigh said.

 Two prior recipients of this award, Tate (CH HaloRidge’s I’ve Got It Covered, THDX, CGC, ROM Silver), in 2013, and Baby Jade (CH HaloRidge’s No Gimmicks Needed, THDX, CGC, ROM Silver), in 2016, were also owned/handled by the Raleigh’s.

The Raleigh’s and their dogs are certified through Bright and Beautiful Therapy dogs, under the leadership of Sharon Smith, program director and certified evaluator for the Hill Country Chapter of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

As therapy dog teams, Cruise and Trinket, and their owners, regularly visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area.

 In addition, Cruise and Mary Raleigh, are one of three teams who visit patients, family and staff at Hill Country Memorial Hospital, and, Cruise and Trinket are certified as volunteers with Hill Country Memorial Hospice program.

Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Teams are actively involved in making regular visits to local assisted living facilities and nursing homes, according to a spokesman. 

Teams also participate in the Fredericksburg Independent School District Mentoring Program, the New Horizons Program and the Veteran’s Hospital in Kerrville. 

In past years, these teams have presented an AKC program “Safety with Dogs” to children in the area.