Cat named D-O-G Is star trainer for support dogs

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St. Louis (AP) -- A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs.

One of the top dogs at a St. Louis training center is a black and white cat named D-O-G, who does his part helping teach canines for important jobs assisting people with disabilities. (AP)

Support Dogs Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G (DEE'-oh'-jee). He's more than a mascot – officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems.

Support Dogs president and CEO Anne Klein says D-O-G is "fearless" around the larger canines and plays with their tails, sleeps in their beds and eats and drinks from their bowls instead of his own.

The dogs go through a two-year training program before they're given to clients for free.