“Storm:” American Red Cross mascot,Lassie Descendent, & New CGC

Meet “Storm,” a Comfort Dog (and mascot) for the American Red Cross. Storm, a Rough Collie, has a few interesting relatives.

His dad is “Rusty,” the legendary dog who spent hours comforting people after 9/11, and whose portrait hangs in the Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

His granddad played “Lassie” in the most recent screen version of that iconic canine.

Further back, Storm can trace his lineage to the original Lassie.

Storm and his owner, Carl Maier, dropped by the Canine Good Citizen booth at a recent the Super Pet Expo in New Jersey where Storm was tested for his CGC, or Canine Good Citizen title. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include: 1) Accepting a friendly stranger; 2) Sitting politely for petting; 3) Acceptance of grooming and examination; 4) Walking on a loose lead; 5) Walking through a crowd; 6) Sitting down and staying; 7) Coming when called; 8) Behaving politely around other dogs; 9) Showing confidence when faced with common distractions and 10) Maintaining good manner when left with a trusted person. Storm passed with flying colors.

Do we have many among us whose dogs have a CGC?

Learn more about the CGC here:http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/training-testing/

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