Tucker, a Goldendoodle who is currently providing his invaluable service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast paramedics, recently appeared at the Indiana Convention Center’s Playoff Fan Central. He was one of the seven American Medical Response (AMR) therapy dogs who journeyed all the way to Indianapolis for the matchup between two football teams – namely the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.
And Tucker was given the honor to take on the very important role of refereeing two teams of cute Labrador puppies at the Playoff event. While this is not the actual game, it’s an equally important job as he needed to make sure to break up any scuffles. And the puppies were all playing to win kibbles and of course, much-deserved cuddles so there was definitely some tough competition.
After the event, Tucker and his handler AMR Deputy Chief Charles Wise spent their weekend hanging out at Fan Central where they interacted with a lot of football fans. They also helped facilitate pet adoption through a partnership with an Indiana-based animal shelter Love of Labs. This shelter aims to reduce the number of euthanized Labrador Retrievers and other mixes in different animal control centers and shelters.
Tucker finished his therapy dog training in a record of 12 months and he has served with the AMR for three years now. He is no stranger to important jobs like this as he has been providing support to first responders, paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) while they unwind after their shifts.
In fact, Tucker has already helped over a hundred heroic first responders who take on the challenge of natural disasters and other emergency situations.
Through this appearance, Tucker and Deputy Chief Charles Wise wanted to show how therapy dog teams just like them help make a difference in the lives of first responders. And they also hoped that they could help some puppies find their forever homes while they’re at it.
Source: Global Medical Response