Kaxan — Therapy

Location: Austin, Texas

On May 19, 2012, I was running in an alley behind the KXAN Austin news studio. I was dirty, skinny, homeless, and didn’t know where to go. The kind folks at KXAN took me in and nicknamed me “Kaxan”. The news team saw something special in me and I became their KXAN Austin News official mascot.

Then I really struck gold! Jim Spencer, the top dog meteorologist at KXAN, adopted me! I have to admit, I didn’t have the best manners so Edward Flores, a super amazing dog trainer, showed me how to be a good canine citizen. Edward and I became best friends. He was so patient with me and pretty soon, I passed my first Therapy Dog test! Whew, that’s when things really took off…

I became an official Therapy Dog with Divine Canines. Edward and I visit Fort Hood Soldiers who have PTSD and war injuries, patients at hospitals, special needs kids and seniors at assisted living homes. I’m part of the Barking Book Buddies, a reading program for kids with dyslexia. I also visit students during the finals week at University of Texas and Texas State University.

I’ve appeared on KXAN with Jim promoting dog rescue, and events. I’ve been a judge for Barkitecture, a celebrity painter for Puppy Mill Awareness Day and even been on some national TV commercials. I’ve helped raise over 20K in donations for non-profits.

My early years were tough but that’s all in the past.

I’m living proof if you give a rescue dog a chance, you’ll be amazed at what you can do together.

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