Maxx the Therapy Dog

Maxx the Therapy Dog

Maxx was adopted by David at about 3 ½ months old from the Conway Area Humane Society. He has obtained his AKC Canine Good Citizen designation and is a Certified Therapy Dog with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Maxx is in our office most days to greet those who come in. He also spends time at visiting hours when available to greet people coming into the funeral home. When not working, David and Maxx volunteer time at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, visiting patients and staff.

While Maxx is a Certified Therapy Dog, he is still a dog and is known to be quite a ham!



Maxx and David visiting patients on Christmas morning

NH Association of Hospital Auxiliaries and Volunteers
October 2019
Volume 6 Issue 1

"Volunteer Services has a deep regard and respect for its therapy dog Maxx and the important role he plays in meeting the needs of the people with whom he interacts with. When Volunteer David Bryant and Maxx are in the building to visit patients, they can't leave until the staff has the opportunity to visit with Maxx as well. He brightens the day for all he comes in contact with."


Third Grade Students learn about Therapy Dogs
April 10, 2019

David and Maxx, along with fellow Therapy Dog Team Karen and her dog Chase, visited the Head Start Program and Hillside Elementary School (3rd Grade) in Berlin today to educate students about the work therapy dogs do in the communities they serve, spending a lot of time emphasizing the differences between therapy dogs and service dogs.

Did you know that Therapy Dogs are not Service Animals? They are not entitled to the same benefits of a seeing eye dog for example. Service animals are trained to assist one specific individual. Therapy dogs, through the generosity of their owners, are trained to help all kinds of people. Therapy Dog teams must be invited to a facility such as a school, library, hospital, etc. Handlers donate their time in a multitude of ways to the communities they serve. For example, besides working at the funeral home, David and Maxx volunteer at Androscoggin Valley Hospital but have also assisted in other ways like attending Critical Incident Stress Debriefing meetings for First Responders after a significant incident.

Both teams are members of the “Helping Paws” Therapy Dog group out of Plymouth, NH. “Helping Paws” does a lot of volunteer work at Plymouth State University and other facilities throughout the Lakes Region, but also provides continuing education/training to its members. David and Maxx are one of three teams “North of the Notch” and attend meetings to try to stay current on skills they have learned as well as learn additional skills such as K9 First Aid.

Both teams had a great time visiting with the students and faculty at both facilities. Do you know of someone who wants to learn more about Therapy Dogs? Both teams are Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, more information can be found at www.therapydogs.com. More information on Therapy Dog training and the “Helping Paws” group can be found at www.collegeforpets.com.

HealthBeat by Androscoggin Valley Hospital
November 15, 2018

"David Bryant and Maxx the Dog, both of Bryant Funeral Homes, recently wowed the members of the AVH Auxillary at its November membership meeting. Attendees learned about what is involved in a pet becoming a therpay dog and how Maxx has been able to bring comfort to Hospital staff, visits, and patients. For more information or if you know a patient who may benefit from therapy pet services, please call Linda Morris, AVH Volunteer Coordinator at 326-5676."

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