Taz is a friendly pug that joins in on most sessions. In the spring of 2015, Central Coast Pug Rescue found this handsome little guy living on the streets of Fresno. He was soon adopted by two therapists, and was on his way to become a helpful little therapy dog. His foster mom at Central Coast Pug Rescue named him Taz after the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character, and after a few minutes of hearing him “talk”, you’ll soon understand why! (He believes in letting us all know exactly what he’s thinking!)

Taz became a registered therapy animal in 2016 and passes on his good fortune by helping others. A true gentle soul, Taz loves to cuddle and be pet. Give him a gentle scratch, a treat, or play him some easy listening music, and you’ve got a friend for life!

Favorite Treats: chicken, cheese, and anything peanut butter

Best Tricks: wait, high-five (for treats, of course)

Loves to be pet: behind the ears, under the collar, chest rubs.

Having a dog in sessions has many potential benefits, including providing an added calming effect, and helping people to feel more comfortable and relaxed in sessions. This super friendly, grumbly pug also provides a positive distraction for those finding it difficult to talk at times.