National Dog Show Canine Ambassador is Therapy Dog for Kids
Eli, the Belgian Sheepdog of dog show fame, will make his first visit to the Ronald McDonald House in New York City on November 10, working as a therapy dog.
Eli, the Canine Ambassador for The National Dog Show Presented by Purina and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, has retired from the show world to work as a therapy dog, interacting with kids and adults alike at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and animal rescue leagues. Eli’s most known for his therapy work when he comforted victims and first responders in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The New York City Ronald McDonald House, located on 73rd Street in Manhattan, will host Eli as part of its therapy dog initiative, which includes regular visits from celebrities and other famous canines, including Anita the Yellow Labrador Retriever.
Aside from his therapy work, Eli began competing in dog shows and ranked tenth in the US and Canada. He competed in the first National Dog Show Presented by Purina and was invited to attend the Eukenuba Invitational in Florida and California. Eli traveled to National Specialties all over the United States where he continued to move up in the ranks.