We had our first therapy visit Thurs, and it went great! Everest was 100 times better behaved than even I could hope for! He is not yet certified, but after how well he did that is the next thing on our list! This boy loves everyone and every other animal he comes into contact with. My mother's camera ran out of battery before we got pics of the meet & greet with the residents. : ( I was disappointed but maybe next time! We did get some great pics of 'trick time' and just hanging out though.
I'd also like to share a story of how Evie touched the life of one lady there. She was just so excited to see him. She took his face in her hands, and there they were nose to nose and kissing each other! It almost made me cry! Then without any command from me, Ev sat perfectly in front of her. He then offered one of his paws for a shake! She shook it, then he offered the other one! We both laughed at how he just wanted to connect with this lady. And from no commands from either of us! LOL! He's such a big teddy bear! I was SO PROUD! He was the life of the party! Everyone wanted to kiss and hug him. He even gave them an impromtu song! The Sh*tzu (sp?) beside us kept barking at him, so he finally just looked over and gave a good woowoowoo! It was hysterical! Okay I'm done gushing, here are the pics!
Jazzy and I STILL havent done a visit.. grr. Getting really annoyed. No one calls back, I go in for appointments to meet the volunteer directors and they dont show up, etc etc. Hopefully we'll get in gear soon or I'll just show up with her lol.
LOL Riley! Yeah, I'm definately going back to see the lady who liked him so much. I got her room #, so some day I'll drop in. I have also been making contacts at local schools to do a Sled Dog Presentation maybe around Iditarod time (March). I'm thinking grade school kids would get a kick out of it. I'd bring a slide show, and have his harness on and all. And really get into the history of the breed and how the Iditarod is a comemorative race to celebrate the "Alaskan Serum Run". Hopefully I can get it done. I thought of it in enough time, so it should work out!
Nice pictures! It's great that you're doing therapy with your dogs. I used to do that, miss it.
Riley... I know you're in upstate NY but not sure how close you are to Ithaca... A while back I was involved with the Cornell Companions pet therapy program. While I was there it was a large program and seemed well-run.
Thanks everyone! We are excited! My hubby was disappointed that he couldn't go, but it was during the day. My mom works from home and my brother is inbetween schooling, so they came with to take pics! I am just glad to be there for people. I know how much having my doggies around helped me when I was so sick. It is just so healing to have an animal around. When I was really bad, my mom (she was my caretaker when I was bedridden) wondered if it was more stressful to have them around. I said, 'no way,' they make me feel better and happier. So... you can see how this is something very close to my heart. I am just glad I am better now, and can share my pups with other people! It is a blessing!