Hakone Hyatt Timeline: Hotel Dog Receives Therapy Certification

I don’t normally do Facebook, but the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa doesn’t do Twitter, and this is a nice human canine interest story regarding the hotel dog HARU (the only dog in the world on the Hyatt payroll)  So for this I make an exception:


“The day before yesterday (April 3rd), HARU passed the Japan Animal Therapy Association exam to become a licensed therapy dog. As a registered therapy dog, in additional to all that he does at the Hyatt Regency Hakone, we as a hotel would like to take HARU out to schools and nursing homes. We hope that spending time with HARU in his role as a therapy dog will open people’s hearts and bring about warm, healing feelings to those in need. Please continue to show your support for HARU. (certified by the Japan Animal THerapy Association, based in the city of Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, the largest animal therapy support organization in Japan)”

HARU was involved in a traffic accident when he was still a puppy, but it’s good to see that he’s still gone on to lead a happy, productive life.

If you are fortunate enough to meet him, please show HARU some love!