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Q&A with Hutch the therapy dog

Q&A with Hutch the therapy dog

Learn more about Augustana’s beloved therapy dog

 

IS HUTCH A SERVICE DOG?

No. A Service Dog performs specific tasks for someone with a disability. Generally, the law permits Service Dogs to be in any public area. Hutch is not a Service Dog. He is a Therapy Dog.

WHAT ARE THERAPY DOGS?

Therapy Dogs provide affection and comfort to people in a wide variety of situations and settings. Therapy Dogs can only access public spaces by invitation.

IS HUTCH A PET DOG?

It depends. When not working in the Augustana library, he is a pet dog belonging to Mark Fulton and Ingrid Urberg. However, when at work in the library, he is fulfilling his role as a registered Therapy Dog.

HOW DID HUTCH BECOME A REGISTERED THERAPY DOG?

Hutch was screened by a Therapy Dog organization for good health, good temperament, and obedience.

HOW DID HUTCH BECOME THE ‘AUGUSTANA LIBRARY DOG’?

From 2012 to 2014, Hutch was invited by the head librarian to visit during final exams periods. After Hutch’s human (Mark) started working in the library, the head librarian asked if Hutch could be here year-round whenever Mark was working. Hutch was happy to oblige!

WHY IS HUTCH SO CALM? WHY DOES HE JUST LAY THERE SO MUCH?

Two words: temperament and training. Hutch tends to be calm, but he is also trained to be calm when working in the library.

DOES HUTCH EVER GET EXCITED? DOES HE EVER GET TO PLAY?

Yes! Hutch enjoys playing with people and other dogs. At home, he has a large fenced yard, another dog to play with, and many toys. He enjoys jumping through a hoop, running through a tunnel, going to the dog park, and swimming.

MAY WE GO INSIDE HUTCH’S PEN?

Yes. Hutch loves to receive petting and loves to cuddle. He will melt into you if you let him.

CAN I GIVE TREATS OR FOOD TO HUTCH?

No. Please do not give any type of food to Hutch. He is on a strictly controlled diet.

HOW OLD IS HUTCH?

Hutch was born June 10, 2012.

WHAT BREED OF DOG IS HUTCH?

Hutch is a yellow Labrador Retriever.

If you have any questions, please email hutchthelibrarydog@gmail.com. We also encourage you to visit the Augustana Library webpage to send (or request the creation of a new) Hutch The Library Dog greeting card! 

 

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