Port Huron Police Department welcomes Titan the therapy dog

When comfort is what you need, the Port Huron Police Department’s new therapy dog Titan is at your service.

A high-energy pup who enjoys playing in the snow and having bananas as a treat, the 5-month-old Goldendoodle and Labrador mix will be working to support the mental health and wellness of the community through the Port Huron Police Department (PHPD).

“I have visited many schools and researched the benefits of having a therapy dog in the police line of work, therapy dogs can be a great asset,” says Adrianne Mynsberge, head of the peer support team at the PHPD. “Studies show therapy dogs can relieve anxiety, lower blood pressure, and show people they are in a safe environment — something the community and the police department can both utilize.”

Offered by Michigan Doodle Rescue Connect, the police department acquired Titan for free through the K9’s 4 Blue Therapy Dog Program. He won’t be fully certified until his first birthday in October, after which Titan will specialize in helping to comfort citizens that have gone through traumatic events.

“He will be a guest at the schools to meet the students and come to city-wide gatherings to be introduced to the community,” says Melissa Jacobs, Titan’s handler and analyst for the PHPD. “He has already brought so much joy and happiness to our department. He instantly brightens everyone's mood when they see him and pet him.”

Follow along with Titan’s progress and adventures at Titan the PHPD therapy dog.
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Andrea Harrington has been a freelance writer for The Keel for many years and enjoys telling stories about the people and communities across the Blue Water Area. In addition to her work with The Keel, she also substitute teaches for East China and Algonac School Districts and offers creative marketing content working one-on-one with local businesses. She loves everything fall-related and in her free time, is an avid watcher of horror movies and enjoys spending time with her husband and Italian greyhound, Marchello. Contact Andrea at harringtonandrea40@gmail.com.