Ground-Dog Predicts Six More Weeks Of Winter In Louisiana [Video]

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
There’s a new dog in town, and he’s giving old Punxsutawney Phil a run for his predicting money, predicting six more weeks of winter from Shreveport, Louisiana.

A therapy dog at a Shreveport, Louisiana Residential home has decided that the Groundhog is out and the GroundDOG is in, and has predicted a ceremonial ‘six-more weeks’ of winter based on him seeing his shadow also.

Bentley is a therapy dog who gives comfort and companionship to the residents of The Glen in Shreveport, and as part of the newly renamed, “Ground-Dog” Day the retirement group promoting, hopes that this too will be an annual tradition.

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The Glen shared this new custom as they are promoting awareness of their pet therapy program, Paws With Purpose. Bentley is an 8-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is part of the program, and is one of three dogs certified to provide companionship to the residents of The Glen. The therapy dogs also give aid in therapy exercises and offer fluffy distraction from some of the hardships that come with age and illness for the residents.

Bentley’s other therapy dogs are Molly Adelle and another Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Buttons. All three dogs were certified through a pet therapy curriculum officiated by Pet Partners, and all three give their residents love and support.

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Bentley, however, gave them a little extra this year, as seeing his shadow helped him predict six more weeks of winter.

Shhhh…we won’t tell him that winter doesn’t officially end until March 21 anyway, so technically, he still predicted a sooner spring!

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