Therapy dog starts work at Green Bay Airport

A rescue dog is bringing smiles to flyers at Green Bay Austin Straubel International


ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) – For people stressed out while waiting to fly the friendly skies, Fritz the Therapy Dog is on the job.

The newest worker at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport is the only one with four legs.

Fritz’s handler, who also works at the airport, got Fritz as a six-month-old rescue dog. He considered bringing Fritz to the airport after hearing about therapy dogs at other airports across the country.

After getting approval, the four-year-old German shepherd quickly became trained and certified to help ease the minds of nervous flyers.

“You can already see as people are walking through the terminal, when they see him, you know, it puts a smile on their face, it’s a good thing,” John Behrendt, airfield operations supervisor and Fritz’s handler, said.

While on duty, Fritz sports a yellow vest indicated his therapy dog status.

Children who meet him will get a trading card featuring his photo and a few facts about him, which includes his favorite reward (jerky treats) and favorite hobby (barking at squirrels).