... Everyone seems to love me and I love them too so I wondered why I had to waist all that time having "manners"? I like to dive right in! But mom taught me that I have to be patient and calm if I want to be a Therapy Dog. I wasn't sure why at first but now I see that some people we visit can be fragile or nervous or unsure around rowdy dogs like me. Now I get to go places with mom and visit people who don't feel well and have kids practice reading to me. It's pawesome! Mom's last dog, Samantha, was a therapy dog for over 10 years and she even helped mom start Angel Paws and train all the volunteers so I've got big paws to fill!
So far I've learned to sit, down, stay and I'm pretty good at waiting and healing too as long as I've had plenty of exercise and there isn't anything too exciting to distract me. I'm still learning and also very grateful that mom thinks it's good if even therapy dogs are real dogs first with lot's of our own interests and activities to be good therapy dogs. She says the happier we are then we have more to bring to and give to others - just like people! Pawesome!
P.S. Ooops! Mom just reminded me to be sure & thank Julia, Kris
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ABOUT ME ...
In spite of my cute little ears I'm pretty much ALL Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or "Toller" for short. Great article about us Tollers - the "Red Tornado" below. But me? ...
I was found wandering. I don't talk much about my past - living in the moment and all that - but it wasn't pretty. I don't think my previous people understood much about dogs at all. I thought all people were like that until the more understanding ones found me! I thought people were interesting but pretty strange and sometimes even scary before. Lot's of spooky things going on out there! But mom encouraged me to be brave and friendly and now I'm so brave and friendly that I've had to learn "manners". ...
P.S.S. for all you "foster" dogs out there angling for a fur-ever home - be patient! Sometimes humans can be awfully slow on the uptake. Keep the faith! If I can do it anyone can! Here's how I did it and it just might work for you too! Good luck! ...
"Higher Love" by Steve Winwood