Monday, January 30, 2012

1st Therapy Dog visit

I took my 11 year old Collie Paige in the pen with me this afternoon for a "therapy dog" visit with the puppies. The intent being that they would be more comfortable with me if there was another dog in there interacting with me. It worked! Paige is a mother hen and very patient with puppies, and was the perfect candidate. The first picture is when we first came in. They stood back and barked at her, trying to get close, then retreating. This went on less than 5 minutes and soon they were following her all over the pen, even next to me. I had dog jerky treats with me and when they got close to the igloo where I was sitting I tossed them on the ground. The puppies were right next to me, even with me talking to them! As long as Paige was there, then they would stay. Natasha took 2 treats from my hand - major break through! I was very still, didn't look at her and held my hand out to the side both times. Two more volunteers are coming out today to sit with them and give them treats (Thanks Mark and Linda!). Wow, what amazing puppies, only 24 hours since they arrived. The resiliency of dogs never ceases to amaze me.


  1. That is awesome!! I wish I could have been there to witness that. What an accomplishment!!

  2. I was really excited and so happy with their progress. Even better, is that Mark and Linda both used Paige when they came to visit and Natasha licked Mark's hand and untied Linda's shoe string!