Rodney and Marcie Beedy and Xander - 2014 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence

AKC Therapy Dog Honoree: “Xander,” a Pug owned by Rodney and Marcie Beedy of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Xander the Pug had a tough start to life – he lost both of his eyes following an accident and was put up for adoption soon after. But when the Beedy family met Xander, they saw something special in him and knew he could improve the lives of others. The Beedys’ new dog Xander soon passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test and became a certified therapy dog, visiting hospitals, nursing homes, schools and abused children. Even without sight, Xander has an extraordinary ability to sense humans in need. His gentle, calm demeanor has provided unmatched comfort for so many.