These are some tough times for Chopper the Biker Dog.
Chopper might be among the most famous therapy dogs but when he and his owner returned from a trip that included visiting VA hospitals and nursing homes, his owner found out that Pet Partners, a nonprofit group that evaluates and insures therapy animals, is dropping Chopper because he wears a biker outfit.
It apparently doesn’t allow dogs to be dressed in costume.
“A costume is just not appropriate for going to the hospital,” according to a spokesperson for Pet Partners.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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