Woof! Woof! I’m Bruin, and I grew up at Synergy. When I was just three months old, my momma (Emily) adopted me from the HALO Animal Rescue and brought me to work the next day. For the first few months, I stayed on a leash, worked on my kennel training, and mastered how to greet patients. I also learned not to cross the door from the gym to the waiting room or go out the back door without my momma.
As a puppy, I was stubborn, hardheaded, and didn’t want to obey the rules. My momma knew if I was going to be a real therapy dog, she would need some help from the professionals at Partners Dog Training. So, off to boarding school, I went! After receiving the Canine Good Citizen Certification, completing a number of classes, and passing a series of tests, I became a Certified Therapy Dog (did I mention I took the test on May 25, my first birthday?).
Now that I’m older (I turn 10 this year), but my mom doesn’t want to talk about that. I’m usually in the office a couple of days a week. You could say I’m prepping for retirement. When I’m there you can find me saying "hi" to you at my gate, laying by the windows, or checking on you when you're on the table. I still get puppy excited when I hear my leash and I hate when my mom brushes me at work…it’s so embarrassing. I know not everyone is a dog person, and I’m usually good at figuring out who you are; but if you aren’t, my feeling won’t be hurt I will go take a nap on my blanket.
Once I get home, I leave the stress of work behind me and take a nap! I have a doggy sister named Abigail who I’m fond of, on my own terms. I’m also a brother to a two-legged sister and, come July 2021, another two-legged sister. I had a talk with my parents and said the house is full after that (they agree). My hips don’t work like they used to, so walks are a little shorter than they used to be. When I’m home too many days in a row, I go for a car ride and I love having sleepovers at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. They have real grass, not the fake stuff I have at home!