PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is an old saying about how every dog has its day. Tuesday belonged to Anastasia who is a local, certified therapy dog.

Anastasia is a 6-year-old Rottweiler.

“I have never known a dog quite like this one, a Rottweiler that is so laid back and so social,” Norm Rish from Family Home Health Services said.

She isn’t just a fun-loving pet. She’s a certified therapy dog at Family Home Health Services.

Anastasia and her owner, Laura Sokolovic, travel across eight counties to stop by hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers and even schools.

“There’s a lot of people out there unfortunately, especially in nursing homes, that are [forgotten] about or have nobody. The dog brings love, she gives them kisses, she does tricks and they just have a ball with her,” Sokolovic said.

She brings smiles and joy to the people who need it most and those efforts were recognized today by the Pittsburgh City Council.

A proclamation was awarded to Anastasia.

“We’ve met the governor and we’ve met the mayor and she has been on TV and that’s all icing on the cake, but the real reason we do what we do is for the patients and the kids,” Sokolovic said.

Anastasia got all dressed up for her City Council visit with a crown and even painted toenails.

“She knows when she is dressed, she is going to get treats, she is going to get attention, so as you can see, she is a big ham. She has her own closet at home and everything, so she is all for it,” Sokolovic said.


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