Murphy’s Little Secret

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Murphy has some exciting news to share this morning”¦


That’s right! My little pug-let is now a registered Therapy Dog!

For the past three weeks, the two of us have attended classes to become a Therapy Dog Team with an organization called Dog B.O.N.E.S. During the sessions, I learned all about what it takes to become a Therapy Dog handler, and Murphy was exposed to environments similar to those that we may visit.


I was actually a little nervous Murphy wouldn’t be able to do it because he gets so excited when he meets new people and will sometimes jump on them, but we practiced walking on a shorter 4-foot leash and figured out the best way for him to visit people, and he passed with flying colors!



I’m so proud of Murphy! Check out his business cards! (“TD” stands for Therapy Dog.)


After graduating Therapy Dog school last night, Murphy, of course, was appropriately rewarded.


In the next couple of weeks, Murphy and I will start to visit hospitals, nursing facilities, schools, and other locations where Therapy Dogs are wanted. We’re both really excited!

P.S. This is adorable: Pugvent! <— pug advent calendar!



  1. What an awesome idea! I don’t know about Murphy, but my pug, Esther, craves a LOT of attention. Being a therapy dog would meet her need to be loved and spoiled and provide a great service at the same time. Way to go Murphy!

    (Love the Pugvent!)

  2. This is so awesome!! I have seen firsthand the amazing effects therapy dogs can have on people who need them and you’re going to love love love it!! Good dog, Murphy!!

  3. That is so cool! My dog would be kicked right out of class! LOL we wouldn’t make it past the first hello.

    I think it’s amazing you are going to do that. It’s so needed 🙂

  4. Hi Tina, I’ve been reading FOREVER. 🙂 I just want to say that I think it’s so cool you had Murphy certified as a therapy dog. I’d love to do this with my golden retriever one day. Good luck beginning your visits to people who will benefit from Murphy’s training and love soon!

  5. That’s great! Congrats Murphy (and to you Tina!)!! Our mini dachshund, Toby, is CGC Certified (Canine Good Citizen), so Therapy Dog is the next step. I’m definitely going to check out the program you did. I’m also a little worried about him being too excited when he first sees people. I like that they do the training in similar environments you’d be working in. Thanks for posting!

  6. Congratulations to you and to Murphy for giving of yourselves so others can have enjoyable moments. That’s wonderful. Enjoy!

  7. Aww…that is exciting news..Congrats to all of you!! Murphy is so cute and I’m sure his little pug smile will spread a little sunshine to everyone you visit 🙂


    Our school district has a therapy dog that lives and works with the elementary guidance counselor. Sooooo many good things have come of this addition to the school district!

  9. Congrats to you and Muprhy. That’s such a great thing to do. I started to pursue training Kostas to become a therapy dog but he’s just so big and strong that it would be tough (no pinch collars allowed).

  10. That’s awesome. I really wanted my dog to be a Therapy Dog too, but unfortunately she can be a bit too barky at times 🙁

  11. Wow that is too cool! Congrats Murphy bet you loved your treats x
    What a good idea too you’re going to have so much fun meeting new people and helping them.
    From Polly and Peggy of x

  12. Awesome! You’ll make such a difference in people’s lives. When my mom was in the hospital with cancer, a therapy dog came to visit her several times and it brought her so much joy 🙂

  13. I think that it is so great that you and Murphy are going to do this! Animals can have such a wonderful calming, comforting and healing effect on humans. I bet that you guys are going to be a great help to many people!

  14. That’s so cool, congratulations Murphy! My pup was recruited to be a therapy dog and we’re going to get started with the process after the first of the year.

  15. I work at Arbour HRI in Brookline and B.O.N.E.S comes to see our patients on Sundays! Maybe we’ll get a visit from Murphy someday!

  16. What a wonderful idea! Dogs really are a great non-judgmental source of support, aren’t they?
    I’m afraid my dog would have the over-excitement issues though. She nearly knocked over Santa last week when we were getting pictures taken at PetSmart–and she’s just a Jack Russell!

  17. Yeah for murphy!! that’s a huge undertaking for a pug! they are typically quite stubborn (at least mine is), so they beat to their own drum.

    Good for him!! that’s awesome!

  18. Tina, this is so awesome. I remember when my dad was having open heart surgery, one of the therapy dogs walked by & visited with us. It was so nice just to have something to take your mind off what was happening at the time. I know Murphy will bring s lot of comfort to anyone he visits.

  19. I am a children’s librarian and we have a “Read to a Dog” program at our library. Check out that option if you’re interested. It’s great to see the kids gain confidence in their reading fluency and become more comfortable around dogs.

  20. Oh my goodness, thanks for posting this! I would love to do this with my golden retriever pup. Please keep us posted on your therapy dog endeavors!!!!

  21. Congrats!!! Testing is challenging, way to go Murph. My daughter was licensed through Delta Society and Create-A-Smile and worked exclusively with child abuse kids who were removed from their homes and taken to a secret hospital to be evaluated before placement. This is a very rewarding job. It is amazing what an animal can due to help people. I am so glad therapy dogs are now accepted most places. When we started it was a struggle sometimes to just get in the door. How far we have come. Tina, you may now be able to take Murph places you could not before if he is wearing his jacket.

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