Slater is an aspiring therapy dog, and so far he's rocking his program. With Humane K9, Inc.
Slater is an aspiring therapy dog, and so far he's rocking his program.
With Humane K9, Inc. trainer Marni Bellavia, the 2-year-old pup has practiced staying calm in busy restaurants, accepting affection from strangers, and remaining in the sitting position while his owners enjoy dinner. At this rate, he could become a certified therapy dog in the spring.
In fact, in her decades of experience training dogs, Bellavia says Slater "far exceeds" other students with his great temperament and ability to get along with other dogs. However, all this may not matter in Miami-Dade County: Slater is a pit bull, a breed that has been banned from living in Miami-Dade for the past 23 years.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world," Bellavia said. "It’s discrimination on every level.”...