Chester joins the hall of fame


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After five years as a ‘pet encounter therapy dog’ at the Helen Woodward Animal Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, Chester is getting official recognition.

The Pomeranian/Dachshund mix will be inducted Friday into the California Veterinary Medical Assn. Hall of Fame. Chester has more than 800 visits to various facilities throughout San Diego County to cheer up post-operative patients, the elderly and others.


Chester, his handler Diane Erth, and animal clinic staffer Valerie Zier-Gonzales will go to San Francisco for the ceremony. Not much time for sight-seeing though. Chester is due back at work on Monday.

--Tony Perry