Fresh Patch Applauds Announcement of The Weather Channel’s New Therapy Dog

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A dog named Butler will be trained to become the therapy dog of The Weather Channel, in a collaborative effort with the American Humane Association.

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Chosen from five finalists, Butler will be an ambassador for both The Weather Channel and for the American Humane Association.

Fresh Patch—maker of the real-grass, disposable dog potty—joins with many other dog-friendly Americans in welcoming The Weather Channel’s new therapy dog, Butler.

For several months, The Weather Channel has been conducting a search for a therapy dog that will bear its name, and will travel as its emissary to places struck by natural disasters. Chosen from five finalists, Butler will be an ambassador for both The Weather Channel and for the American Humane Association, which worked together in this effort.

A young shepherd mix, Butler was rescued from the Humane Society of Charlotte, North Carolina. Butler will be trained by Amy McCullough, the National Director of Animal-Assisted Therapy for the American Humane Association. McCullough says that she will train Butler at her home in Colorado, with the goal of registering him as a therapy dog in time for the storm season this spring.

Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters have shown that therapy dogs can be a valuable aid to individuals and families who are experiencing tremendous loss. A therapy dog can be a source of comfort and hope. According to McCullough, The Weather Channel will be keeping its viewers posted on Butler’s training, and will follow his service as a therapy dog. Updates will be posted on Butler’s Facebook page.

Like other fans of The Weather Channel, the Fresh Patch Company has been captivated by the station’s search for a therapy dog, and was glad to see that Butler was given the important role. “Our company was just one of many Weather Channel viewers who found the process engaging. Because we are a dog-focused company, we like to applaud programs and events that recognize the enormous contributions dogs make to people and to society,” says a Fresh Patch spokesperson.

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