Dog rings bell for Salvation Army

Richmond, Indiana — A dog in Indiana is bringing holiday cheer by helping ring the bell for the Salvation Army’s red kettle program.

The Roberts in Richmond don’t get a lot of time to relax.

They always have somewhere to go and people to see. Five year old Alvin may need a little help getting going but those who get help are more than willing to give it.

He may be the hardest working dog in Indiana, certainly in Richmond and that makes him the most popular one.

“He means joy, happiness. Everything you can imagine. I just love him. I just love him I can’t say anything more about this precious dog,” says Pauline Millsap, a fan of Alvin.

He goes to nursing homes, hospitals, anywhere where there are people who might need his particular brand of attention.

His name means “everyone’s friend” in German and he is. But the thing that people seem to like the most is when he works as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

Five years of age and 155 pounds he is certainly used to being the center of attention.

But when he rings the Salvation Army bell the dollars just seem to pour in.

Hard to believe he can eclipse the fact that he is Julia Roberts’s dog but he has.

All you have to do is see the faces of the young and the old light up and you realize why some people don’t want to work with a dog.

You can’t compete.

“Seeing the smiles on people’s faces. Makes a lot of people very happy,” exclaims Julia Roberts, Alvin’s owner.

He is so popular he even has his own cards and his own website.

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