Harbour Pointe Retirement greets future canine good citizen

Apr 25, 2012
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Dick Denness meets Maximus, a 9-week-old bull masiff puppy, who is training to become a Canine Good Citizen at the Harbour Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living Center in Mukilteo.


Harbour Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living Center in Mukilteo meet its new 20 pound bundle of joy on Monday – a 9-week-old bull masiff puppy named Maximus.

Maximus will be visiting Harbour Pointe Retirement every Monday at 11 a.m. from now through June 25, and bi-monthly thereafter with his trainer, Shanita Duke, the community services and animal control officer for the Mukilteo Police Department.

“With the help of Harbour Pointe residents, our goal is to graduate Maximus from puppy class to a Canine Good Citizen,” Duke said. “After that, we’ll train him to become a full-time Delta Therapy Dog.”

In her job, Duke deals with all animal issues, including dogs, cats, wildlife, large animals and small. She was a vet-tech for 16 years in Arizona, and has been an officer for the Mukilteo Police Department for six years.

Duke is volunteering her own time to train Maximus. She has other dogs at home, and has trained animals for 20 years.

“I do rescue work for the bull mastiff breed and have trained my dogs for accreditation in the American Kennel Club,” she said.

For those wanting to visit during these “training sessions,” Harbour Pointe Retirement is located at 10200 Harbour Pl. (off Mukilteo Speedway behind Walgreen’s). For more information, contact the center at 425-493-8555 or go to www.hpretire.com.

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