So just before the Holidays we had this very special DUDE in the house, celebrating some exceptional achievements. We’ve loved him since we met him 4 years ago but we had no idea that besides being such a handsome devil he’s so accomplished. His whole Curriculum Vitae is long, but for those in a hurry here’s a highlight precis.
He bears the name of the “The Sterling Award For Outstanding Achievement In Therapy”, created by the national French Bulldog Club of America.
Sterling had a very successful show career and completed his championship when he was 18 months old.
Between 2010 and early 2012, Sterling along with his owner Darlene Abbott had already made more than 50 Hospice visits to assist in end-of-life and palliative care for adult and pediatric patients.
He is certified as a BARK Dog (Beach Animals Reading with Kids). BARK is a volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs
He is one of the first dogs to earn and receive the Therapy Dog (THD) title established by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
In 2015 he progressed to the Distinguished Level and the only French Bulldog to attain this level, which requires more than 400 recorded and verified visits to schools, hospitals, libraries, or nursing homes.
NOT BAD FOR A SEVEN YEAR OLD