A birthday party for Hingham’s comfort dog

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Opry, the city’s first official comfort dog, celebrated her first birthday on March 18 at the Hingham Senior Center, where officials said she would spend time “reducing stress and promoting well-being.”

The Texas Mixed Race Rescue will also work in Hingham public schools, assisted living facilities and other locations around town, as well as with child abuse victims at the county’s Child Advocacy Center. of Plymouth, according to a statement from the Hingham Police Chief. David Jones and the Plymouth County Attorney’s Office.

Rescue dog organization PAWS New England donated Opry, and the district attorney’s office paid for her training and other costs, according to the statement.

Her handler is Hingham Police Academy Resource Officer Thomas Ford, who has been training with her for nine months. The dog, who is described as sweet and docile, lives with Ford and his family and will soon begin full-time duties.

“Officer Ford and Opry have worked hard to train, and Opry has developed a comforting presence and commands smiles wherever she goes,” District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.

Opry has completed several obedience classes through Donna Do Right’s professional dog training at Norwell and recently received her AKC Canine Good Citizenship certification. She is also working on therapy dog ​​certification with the Cohasset Working Dog Foundation.

Johanna Seltz can be contacted at [email protected].

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