Ben is the bad boy of therapy dogs

Therapy dogs are lifesavers for many people. They are trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people in hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, airports, and situations where a cold nose and warm heart will help.

Unlike service dogs, which are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, therapy dogs are only allowed in the specific places they are visiting or working. There are several tests they must pass. They must be able to block out distractions, walk through different terrains, and be comfortable with a variety of people who have different disabilities.

Ben, an adorable golden retriever, is a therapy dog who works with a Massachusetts police department. He’s actually one of the most popular deputies on the police force. Who would have ever suspected that Ben was actually leading a life of crime right under the noses of his colleagues?

It all started with the annual collection of toys for the Santa Foundation, a local charity the police department supports. The officers work tirelessly to ensure that children who need toys for Christmas receive them. The toys were accumulating, but everyday it seemed the pile was getting smaller. That was when the officers began to investigate.

Before long they caught Ben, red pawed, sneaking off with a baby doll in a carrier. Ben tried to outrun the officers but it was no use. He was cornered. He led them to his stash of toys under a desk. All the toys were covered with slobber and unusable for gifts. Ben had scored his Christmas toys.

There is a video of Ben making off with toys on Facebook. Type in: Police dog caught stealing toys. The police learned some valuable lessons. Always close the door to the toy room and keep the toys elevated. The good news is Ben hasn’t been charged.


Pine shavings for guests’ kennels.

Bleach to clean guests’ kennels.

Aluminum cans: we are still taking them. If you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500), and we’ll come get them.

Folks who need their animals spay/neutered for free. This is a limited time offer until the funds run out. Apply soon or you will miss your chance.


To Sierra Nevada Properties for sponsoring a fundraising drive for CAPS. You are just purrfect!

To all the volunteers who promoted the CAPS booth at Latin Farms. All tails are wagging for you!

To everyone who has donated bleach, blankets, food and toys to CAPS. A pooch smooch to you!


CAPS will be at Walmart on Jan. 18 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by for a pooch smooch. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you get a pooch smooch! Don’t forget to get a CAPS 2020 calendar.


January Pet Holiday: National Train Your Dog Month.

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CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me,


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