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Catch up

June 21st 2015 3:01 pm
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I've had a couple of new experiences in the past several months. I've been accepted to participate in the canine cognition research project at Yale University and have really enjoyed that experience. I make the trip to Yale a few times during the good weather months to participate in the program. During each session, I'm presented with a few puzzles/problems to solve. The researchers watch my reactions and take notes. The ultimate goal of the program as I understand it is to arrive at better ways to train military, police, and service dogs based on the studies of how each dog learns and solves his puzzles. I don't know how many dogs are being studied now, but I know that when I started there were only about 100 participants. I know that there are many more now. I'll be going to New Haven this week for a new set of "tests".
I've also started working in the Tail Wagging Tutor program under the auspices of Therapy Dogs International. I go to visit grade school classes and have students who are reluctant to read aloud in class for fear of making a mistake and being teased come to read to me in the reading lounge because I'm nonjudgemental. The kids improve their reading skills, they learn to like reading, and they learn about dogs.
I've had a couple of readers who weren't comfortable with dogs read to me and become great fans of mine.


Now I'm Official

October 31st 2013 7:01 pm
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For the past three years, I've been visiting friends in nursing homes. Each time that I make a visit, it seems that most of the residents want to pet me or say hello, but I've been limiting my visits to an individual or two whom my dad has known. A while back I took the test and qualified as a certified therapy dog and have become an associate of Therapy Dogs International. When I go to a nursing home or hospital now, I visit everyone who wants to say hello. I hope the residents of the home look forward to my visits as much as I do. You can learn more about therapy dogs on line at Therapy Dogs



August 16th 2013 4:09 am
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In my last post I said that I was preparing for the therapy dog evaluation. Well, as they say, "The best laid plans..."
It didn't happen then, but I continued to make my visits as an unofficial therapy dog. I've been visiting schools, nursing homes, and hospitals and have enjoyed doing it. Now, I'm happy to announce that I did go for evaluation and passed.
I now have my "credentials" and can continue visiting my familiar institutions and hope to become busier going to new places to brighten the day for a lot of people who need
some brightening.


Upcoming evaluation

December 13th 2011 6:26 pm
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I've been visiting hospitals and nursing homes for quite a while and have really enjoyed doing so.
I think seeing me in the hospital has brought a smile to a lot of faces that really don't feel like smiling and haven't for a while. I've been practicing for several weeks to be evaluated as a therapy dog so that I can be official. There are a few places that won't let dogs visit unless they have a Therapy Dog Certificate. I'm hoping to have mine by Christmas.


My one year anniversary

April 5th 2011 7:11 pm
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Today I celebrate one year in my forever home. It was just a year ago that my friend drove to Canada to get me out of the shelter where I was being held. I didn't do a lot to celebrate today because everyday is special for me and I'm thankful for all of them. I am excited though because we're planning another trip to Florida. We'll leave next Monday and we're looking forward to getting away from the cold and snow. Yes, snow. Believe it or not, we're getting snow today and are expecting it each day for the rest of the week.



March 29th 2011 5:28 am
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I took my Canine Good Citizenship test a couple of weeks ago and passed it with flying colors. I'm thrilled and have started working toward getting certified as a therapy dog. That shouldn't be a problem. I have been visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and schools for quite a while and enjoy the contacts I've made. I'm comfortable with all the equipment and appliances that I've been exposed to and think that that is a big part of the test. I just love seeing the smiles on all the faces when I walk down the hall or into a patient's room.


On my way

February 3rd 2011 5:45 pm
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Last Saturday I took my Canine Good Citizenship test and whizzed right through it. I was a bit nervous before the test because we had been told that it was a rigorous test and that we would be graded strictly. I didn't get that impression during the test. Granted we were put through our paces and watched closely, but I guess we were all well prepared because we all passed the test.
I have also been taking agility courses and having lots of fun. In the spring I will be examined
to become a licensed therapy dog.


Trying to catch up

December 7th 2010 5:07 pm
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I've been in this country for 8 months today and am settling in quite well. Following in Blou's paw prints was a daunting prospect, but happily I have had no problems. I've succeeded him as the
spokes dog for the Pet Emergeny Fund of western NY and as the mascot for the Letters from Home Program. I was interviewed by a nice reporter for one of the Buffalo NY television stations and got favorable comments from lots of people who saw me on TV. As the mascot for the LFH, I work to raise awareness of the program ( and to help with the packing of gift boxes and letters for American troops all over the world. Since my first packing party in July,
I've heard from two service people in Afghanistan. My big project right now is sponsoring a Blou Christmas locally in honor of my predecessor Blou who died in December last year. We've placed a Christmas tree decorated totally in blue in a store window and are collecting donations of anything that can be used by the local SPCA. Our window is almost full after only ten days and we are going to have to deliver some things to the SPCA to make room for more. We've received cleaning supplies, dog food, cat food, leashes and collors, toys, towels and blankets, treats, and cash. I'm telling you about this thinking that perhaps some of you might catch the urge to do the same thing in your area. We all know that there are shelters and sanctuaries all over the country that can use as much help as they can get. We're having lots of snow here for the last couple of days.
This morning I went outside and disappeared in the snow. I took one leap from the porch and landed in great powder that was deeper than I am tall. I love it. I wish you all a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year of health and happiness in 2011


Filling in for Blou

September 21st 2010 1:45 pm
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When I was adopted, I knew that I had a tough act to follow. Blou had been a busy guy. Well,
I've accepted the challenge and am beginning to feel up to it. Last week I received my first letter from an American soldier in Afghanistan as a result of my taking over for him as the mascot for the Letters from Home Program, and today I learned that I had been accepted as his successor as spokesdog for the Pet Emergency Fund of Western New York. The challenges are daunting, but I'll
do my best to meet them.


August 31, 2010

August 31st 2010 7:33 pm
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I know that Blou is a tough act to follow and I am doing my best to accept the challenge and to continue his work. I've been around long enough now that people are starting to recognize me and accept me as Blou's successor. As a matter of fact I'm thrilled with what is starting to happen. This week I received my first letter from a service person in the Middle East. It came as an answer to the note I included in several of the packages we shipped to military personnel in July as part of the Letters From Home Program. Check it out at Once you get to the home page click on the mascot button in the left hand column and see what Blou did as the mascot. It's not official yet, but I think I might be filling in for him in that role.

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