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What an experience! Wednesday before Thanksgiving Harley shared some tail wagging holiday happiness at the Charleston International Airport…


Will never forget this lady! Nancy – came to work on her day off to assist co-workers and meet all the dogs!

…and he wasn’t alone…

Twenty two pet therapy pups from the Medical University of South Carolina spread some joy over a twelve hour period working two hour shifts.


For Harley and 21 of his therapy fur friends to visit Charleston International Airport in hopes of making the passengers “day before Thanksgiving” travel a bit easier.

Pet Therapy dogs relieve stress, help people relax and make people smile, no matter who you are…



And of course



More than 50 airports across the nation allow therapy dogs or have their own therapy dog programs. Albany and San Francisco International airports each have therapy pigs while Denver International Airport has “Xeli” the therapy cat on its canine team.

Harley worked hard that morning. He, along with the other therapy dogs, had assignments in either ticketing, baggage claim, car rental or the information desk.

Harley seemed to favor the ticketing area…

The airport surprised us all with personalized airport badges for each one of the “stars” working that day…

We met thousands of people that day. People from all over the world. It was truly what I would call an unforgettable experience.

We must have walked 25 miles together up and down the corridor.

We did manage a break between flights…

…and we traveled with healthy snacks plus plenty of water…

Yes – that’s Harley’s face on his travel bag #spoiled…


Saturday, November 25th is Harley’s 9th birthday. It’s hard to comprehend. He is truly one of the BEST things that has ever happened to me. #singitgladysknight #lovemesomehim

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
M.K. Clinton author, The Returns


  • DashLilly
    November 24, 2017

    Bravo Harley!!!! What a fabulous day for you both. Did Harley sleep well after that? Good job! Hope all is well!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2017

      Harley and I were both comatose that evening and the next day we were a bit sluggish. LOL So happy I had no real plans for Thanksgiving, just me, Doodle Dad, and the Doods! We ate a lot and watched great football. I smiled all day – thinking about the new friends we met at the airport.

  • Pedro and Alessandra
    November 24, 2017

    Good job Harley and friends!
    And happiest of birthdays, precious boy! Pedro and I are sure that you will have a great one with Jax, your humans and your precious Angel Leo watching over you.
    With hugs and loving paws,

    Pedro & Alessandra

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2017

      Thank you so much for that beautiful birthday message.

  • Beth
    November 25, 2017

    Awesome job! I hope my baby calms down so she can be a therapy dog too!


    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2017

      Beth you sound like me when people ask me about Jaxson. I’m patiently waiting for him to mature too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2017

      She will – it just takes more time with some than others. I’m still waiting for Jax to mature.

  • Shadow and Ducky's Mom
    November 25, 2017

    Great post! If I’d been traveling that day, I’d have loved to meet Harley and you!! Looks like you both had a lot of fun!!

    And, I’m glad I read the post this morning so I can wish Harley a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2017

      You are the FIRST one to send Birthday wishes. He barked back a “thank you” 🙂 It was a great day. We are still all smiling from such a wonderful experience.

  • Pamela
    November 25, 2017

    Almost makes me want to take a plane trip. And I HATE flying!

    Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful birthday with Harley. I’m sure both boys are getting spoiled rotten. Which is exactly as it should be.

  • Lindsay
    November 25, 2017

    Happy birthday Harley! We love you! 🙂
    What a wonderful experience. I think it’s awesome more airports are getting on board with these programs.

    Lookin good Miss Cathy. xoxo

  • Jan K
    November 26, 2017

    What an awesome thing to do! I don’t travel a lot, because it stresses me out, but I know I would feel so much better with some canine therapy.
    We hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that Harley enjoyed his birthday. We are sure it was a special day, even if it was quiet (which is our favorite kind of day!) ♥

  • Cheryl
    November 26, 2017

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Harley! I’m sorry I’m a day late with my wishes. I bet your mom made it a great day for you!
    Thank you for all your hard work at the airport. As an older travel, I appreciate/love puppy snuggles, they are such a calming influence for my nerves. Doodles are the best!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Monika & Sam
    November 26, 2017

    First things first since we’re a day late here…*♪ღ♪Happy★Birthday, sweet boy! ♪ღ♪* Hope you
    Therapy work is so gratifying. Not only do the passengers enjoy seeing the airport dogs, so do the folks who try to make their crabbish customers happy in this day and age of airline travel. Kudos to you both for being so pawsome!

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