Area Pup Becomes First Licensed Canine Masseuse
History was made on Friday when a local Chihuahua puppy named Roger became the first licensed canine masseuse in the United States. After two years of coursework and 500 hours of paws-on practice and apprenticeship, the talented puppy was awarded a license from the State Board of Health.
"He’s ecstatic," said Alice Lumley, one of Roger’s teachers at the Suncoast Academy of Massage Therapy, where he completed his coursework. "He was one of our best pupils and really deserves this."
Roger’s clients confirm the high praise given to him by his professors. ”Oh, that dog has magic paws,” said one client, who wished to remain anonymous. ”He’s got me as a client for life.”