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We have decided to blog our adventures again. So much has changed since we last blogged. Bella and Shiloh both went to their forever homes and they are in wonderful families. June Bug got adopted. We quit fostering dogs after those adoptions because Tanker's epilepsy got bad. We quit doing therapy dog work because Tanker's epilepsy got bad. Tanker passed away June 9th, 2013. We adopted a senior border collie named Shania Tankerbelle in his memory. We still have our two cats, Sweet Pea and Little Bit. Wes has started rescuing pitiful bettas from Wal-Mart and we currently have seven. We have a camper. We camp. We have focused on giving our animals the best lives possible. We are The Foster Zoo Crew and we like to have fun.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Delta Society Pet Partner Evaluations

Wes and I volunteered to be part of the crowd for Delta Evaluations today. The cutest bunny was evaluated and passed! She is now a therapy bunny! She was a hairy bunny with big hairy ears that stuck straight up. She had the hairiest toes...hairier than Sweet Pea's! She liked to be close to you and cuddle. She knew the beg command and walked on a leash! She was the coolest bunny I have ever met! There was also a labradoodle that got evaluated. She was very obedient, but needs some work before passing. Such a sweet dog, though.

One of our evaluator friends asked us to bring Tanker because he needed neutral dog practice for his upcoming re-evaluation. Because it is cool outside, we brought Topher and the puppies too. Topher did great with both German Shepherds there and Ty, the golden retriever who played neutral dog for the evaluations. He was very calm. The puppies barked at the other dogs some. We need to work on that. Our Delta friends observed them a lot and Bella is definitely the dominant one. She will test her boundries more. Shiloh is attached to Bella some, so Wes and I need to start getting them out more, separate from the older dogs, and work them separate from one another. They are walking on leashes well with the exception of biting at them occasionally, which we are working on breaking. Bella is mouthy like a border collie. I have already been working on that quite a bit with the help of bitter apple.

They are only 12 weeks old. It's hard to say if they will make great therapy dogs yet. They have a lot of potential, I believe. Luckily, they are young enough that we can mold them into how we want them...knock on wood.

Tomorrow is a big day. TnT are working the Marine Corp Half Marathon with Blue Grey Therapy Dogs. Tomorrow evening, they get to go into Snowden at Fredericksburg, the psychiatric hospital we shadowed in a couple of weeks ago. We will be monitored by Chris who is also a Delta Society Team with his goldens, along as a Delta Evaluator. We are blessed to have the most amazing people in our lives. Our therapy dog friends are the most giving, helpful, understanding people we know. They have really opened up so many doors for us as therapy dog teams. We are extremely grateful for the opportunities God has given us.

Roof and gutters are done. They look really nice. Verizon FIOS is still out as far as I know. (I'm not home.) I will post pictures of the new roof later. I am still missing blogs off my page. I will try to rewrite them, I guess. I also have two days of puppy adventure blogs to write, along with many pictures to post. Now that TnT are working dogs, and we've got two new puppies to train, I am finding less and less time to sit down at the computer. Thank modern day technology for smart phones.
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