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AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Therapy Dog, and all-around amazing ambassador for the Pit Bull breed! By Leah Brewer (Elle’s mama!)

Elle became part of our family after the loss of Baron, our 15-year-old pit bull. I saw Elle’s picture on the Internet and wanted to provide her with a loving, forever home. She was a puppy in need of responsible pet parents, someone who would provide her with the best life possible. But, I had no idea my new four-legged friend would be the one helping me, and taking my life in a whole new direction.

Elle became a registered therapy dog in 2010. She always loved people, but one morning I witnessed something I will never forget. Before training classes she always got very excited about meeting new people and would sometimes jump on them. So one morning on our neighborhood walk we saw an elderly man who wanted to stop and chat. Before I realized it, he was standing really close to us while we were talking, and I looked

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down at Elle in amazement, because she was just politely sitting there beside me. I didn't tell her to do that, it was like she knew to be respectful and not jump on him. That day changed our lives forever! Shortly thereafter, I took Elle to 4 classes to prepare her for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and after passing, we started training for the therapy dog test. Therapy Dogs Incor-

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