Shanti came in to the ARL to take his Therapets assessment to be able to be a therapy animal that goes into schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and other events where calm pets are welcome. Therapets go through an initial, and then a yearly assessment to make sure they are mentally and physically still able to handle strangers, new situations, and any other distractions without any big reactions.
Shanti is a Bouvier de Flandres, a unique breed that was originally bred to be a cattle/sheep herding dog in Belgium. While Shanti has fairly short hair in his picture, like a poodle, Bouviers need to be groomed quite often and can grow very long, curly hair.
On his visit to the Animal House store, Shanti got to pick out some treats for a job well done in his assessment, and got a benebone.