Steven Herz always wanted a dog growing up, but never had the chance until he met his chocolate labradoodle named Koko. Koko was the first mixed breed to receive the honor of the American Kennel Club’s new certified working therapy dog title, ThD. “Having Koko to enjoy for myself would have been enough, but to be able to share her with thousands of others through therapy work is remarkable,” said Steven. Her therapy efforts have taken her to 35 different facilities in New Jersey. For more info on Koko visit

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