It's a living

Meet three dogs who earn their chow with unusual jobs.

By Jennifer Quasha |

Some dogs have all the luck. For them, showing up for work is what they want to do — and who wouldn’t, given how they get to spend their days? Meet Allegra, Lola, and Thor, three canines who work with people, using skills they innately possess.

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Ministers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And so are certified ministry dogs. Allegra, a 71⁄2-year-old, 70-pound Golden Retriever who works with the Rev. Arlene Tully, a pastor at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Waterville, Maine, is no exception.

“Allegra is always on duty,” says Tully, who has lived and worked with Allegra for the last five years. After being donated by a breeder to NEADS, a nonprofit organization that trains and provides rescued dogs and donated puppies to assist the deaf or physically disabled, Allegra was matched up with Tully as a ministry dog when she was 21⁄2 years old.

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