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Elton John & Claire

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Elton John & Claire

Institutional Therapy Dogs

Elton John is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. While his parents were imported from Holland and Germany, he is a native Tennessean, born at Lanmar Cavaliers in Shelbyville. He was adopted by Dr. Mark Houston and his wife, Laurie Hays.

Elton John is a familiar sight in the halls of the Hypertension Institute. He completed TDA Therapy Dog certification, and truly enjoys visiting with patients, as evidenced by his constantly wagging tail. Many health care centers are recognizing the physical and mental benefits of encounters with therapy animals, and Elton John is the Hypertension Institute Therapy Dog.

When he isn’t working at the office, Elton John enjoys spending time playing with his canine buddies at the Woof Camp. His favorite game is fetch, and he excels at fielding grounders.