Sophomore Alana Hausker has been working for several months to train Marshall, her mixed black lab, to be a therapy dog. Those efforts paid off recently when “Pals For Life,” a local organization that tests and certifies dogs, gave Marshall his official certification as a therapy dog. The staff at “Pals for Life” said Marshall passed at the extraordinarily young age of just over a year, as most black labs typically need to be 3-4 years old before having the maturity and calmness to be a therapy dog. Pals for Life credits Alana’s dedication and determination for getting Marshall to reach the goal so early.
Alana and Marshall can now visit schools, hospitals, senior living centers, and other places where pet therapy interactions bring cheer and happiness to people who may feel stressed or lonely. Their first visit was to a home for war veterans. Congratulations to Alana for achieving this milestone, and best wishes in her continued volunteer work with dogs!