Age: 6 Years Sex: Female Weight: 11-25 lbs
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Suki Sue, Girlfriend, Peanut, My Girl, Puppet, Dolly
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June 21st 2007
DOGS, Food, People (in that order)
Her safety vest & parachute collar
Anything that squeeks or rolls
Hot dogs, with a side of chicken & cheese
Any hiking, she LOVES to hike!
Earning her CGC, TDI & being a therapy dog to residents at nursing homes.
My husband and I, through tons of research decided that Shibas were for us! We finally found a breeder about 8 hours from us that we liked. She agreed to bring little Suki to a dog show so we could pick her up a little closer.
6 hours through Michigan, Canada & into New York and she was home.
She is just the most beautiful dog I've ever seen, let alone owned! She stops traffic with her cuteness. She has truly turned into a great addition to our little family, we are so blessed by her.
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September 16th 2008 11:58 am
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She passed, she passed, she passed!! On August 24th 2008 Royal's Suki Atae passed her CGC/TDI test!
We had a chance to get her tested at a facility she'd never worked in before, and took it. Initially I wanted to test her at the facility we always work at, you know home field advantage and all... Our test was cancelled almost 2 months prior, and never re-scheduled. I decided to use this other facility to do a practice test and also take the test at our normal facility two weeks later. We didn't need to use the second test. She passed on foreign turf, with short notice, and with some mistakes in training that our teacher had "lead us astray" with.
The final part of the test is a 3 min. separation. She did great, and I went to get her after my timer was up. The volunteer that was holding Suki was smitten (as was everyone watching her). The judge had left the room for something & was not around when I went to claim my dog. The volunteer said, I think Suki passed, she did really great. We just waited, what seemed like forever for the judge to come back in. Finally she poked her head in and said PASS! I jumped up and down, and Suki got a big bone!
Yippie!! That was the one thing I wanted to do with my dog, for sure & she got her title by 14 months old! Now what???? he he he he! I don't think it will be long till I have another goal, she's just too smart to be done, just yet.
I was the last to test & had a very captive audience. Everyone loved Suki & I heard one woman say to James (husband) "that's the nicest Shiba I've ever seen". They all petted her & I think she knew how well she'd done, she was almost prancing!
In a few weeks I can start scheduling her "engagements". It takes some time to get all the forms and paperwork back from TDI & AKC. She will get what looks like a doggie ID card with her photo on it, stating that she is a certified Therapy Dog. I'm so proud of her, and so excited at what we can do now.
July 29th 2008 10:13 am
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My husband loves this little kid joke.
Impatient Cow "mooooo" who?
(The mooo comes in before the asker can finish
Impatient cow who?)
Anyway, that's really how I feel. Suki's CGC test was supposed to be on July 8th. It was cancelled because the AKC judge was double booked. It STILL has not been rescheduled. I've emailed the training coordinator twice, and talked to her in person once. I've really tried to be polite & kind, but I'm starting to loose my patience. I'm able to train for free until the test starts, but the $13 in gas to get there & back, isn't exactly free.
I have been given 3 new opportunities to get Suki out in therapy work, but only after her test is completed. My dear friend Joelle works at a senior apartment complex, and so wants me to come out to visit. My Mom just started a job and a really high end assisted living facility and they have given me permission to come in. Finally my Aunt starts her classes up again at the educational center for handi-capped kids in a few weeks, and wants me to come, but has to schedule ahead of time, and can't with out a copy of our certificate. UGGGGGGG.
I kind of feel like I'm whining, but I'm just so excited. The day the test was cancelled I was nervous & really excited. I was so mad when they called at 4:00 PM (the test was at 6:30 PM). I just want this finished, so I can stop thinking about the test!
July 1st 2008 8:47 am
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The dream of getting Suki to be a therapy dog is fast becoming a reality. Her CGC/TDI test is next week!
Her training is going super well, we do have one obstacle though. She's clingy to her Monica (that's me :)). One section of the test requires me to leave her with the evaluator for 3 minutes. She cannot pull or act distraught. I've been getting nervous and a touch discouraged, because she does act distraught and will pull if allowed to.
My trainer trains for worst-case scenario. She acts as the evaluator for class purposes. During this section of practice she does not interact with the dog at all. Suki does not respond well to that, she will look for me constantly and when I approach at the end of 3 minutes she will pull for me. That sounds really bad, but there is a silver lining. During the test the evaluator will be talking to my dog, and engaging with her. Last night we practiced with Catie, Ariadana, Jill and another helper at the training center. We started giving Suki treats & talking to her while I was away from her (she didn't even remember I existed when that was happening ;)). We whittled down the treats, but continued to engage her and talk to her. With those modifications she did EXPONENTIALLY better! She still looked for me, (after the treats were not coming) but that's ok. She didn't pull, and stopped stress panting. Good news! I have so much more confidence now after working on that section.
The rest of the test we've really had good success with. If for some reason she does not pass one of the other sections I'll be shocked. So it looks like we are in really good shape for the test next week!
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