Hometown Heroes: Puppy provides love to seniors in Austintown

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AUSTINTOWN, OH (WYTV) – A dog who makes visits to the Austintown Senior Center even more enjoyable is this week’s Hometown Hero.

“He don’t care who you are. You could be a cranky old woman or a grumpy old man. He just loves everybody,” Keith Klingaman of Liberty said.

With a name like Mr. Fluffy how could anyone resist this 8-month-old puppy. He’s 110-pounds of love for members of the Austintown Senior Center to enjoy.

“They work with the dog. They pet him. They know the commands he can do. They try to help train him. So, they are really involved in this dog,” Austintown Senior Center Director, Jim Henshaw said.

Mr. Fluffy helps motivate Carolyn Miller and her group as they make calendars for nursing homes and veterans.

“He comes in and he gives us a good feeling. He’s happy. He runs around and it makes us want to work even better, you know,” Carolyn Miller of Austintown said.

He’s even friendly with the mail carrier and the kitchen staff.

“He’ll go in the kitchen door and look in there, and say, hey send something out this way, but he will not go in the kitchen,” Henshaw said.

The dog often visits the Disabled American Veterans down the hall.

“He comes walking right down there, looks for us, got to get petted by us. He stays for awhile and then comes right back up here,” Tom Moss of the Disabled American Veterans said.

Mr. Fluffy is a Leonberger belonging to Henshaw.

“They’re actually of the Molosser family, which is Newfoundlands, Great Pyrenees, Mastiffs, Saint Bernard,” Henshaw said.

He’s also an AKC registered, award-winning show dog with a laid-back personality.

“Dogs are very therapeutic. They lower your blood pressure. They are not judgmental. So, you can talk to the dog and he won’t say anything back,” Henshaw said.

Henshaw said it’s the puppy’s ability to make people smile that’s winning over hearts in Austintown.

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