New Girl at the house. Abbi! She’s been here almost a month, so it’s about time to write about her.
Friday ~ Browsing through Craig’s List, I spotted someone giving away their dog – a must go as they were moving. After seeing the picture, I fell in love with her. But no, I didn’t need another dog. Pebbles was doing great and we were just about to be therapy dog certified! So, I just wrote and offered to help find a family for that dear girl if they didn’t by the time their flight took off.
Sunday ~ I went on my observation visit to see if therapy dog work really was something I wanted to do. It was a wonderful afternoon and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve those in assisted living facilities or children’s programs. Pebbles is going to be perfect for it – save the doubts some of the other registered TD owners’ had about her.
Her size for one – at only 30 pounds (they with their 80+ pound dogs) sort of sneered at her petiteness. How could people stuck in their beds reach over to touch her? How could people in wheel chairs bend their backs? I got a little worried.
Her excitement – their dogs were way mellow. Boring almost. The dogs didn’t even wag their tails to greet someone. Was that good? Would Pebbles’ natural glee when meeting a new friend be bad?
Only one? – yes, I only have one dog. Oh. They all had at least two td’s. Hmm. I was only getting started, did I really need so many? Would I do it so often. Well, yes. When you only have one they told me – you run the risk of putting the seniors into regression if the dog misses a visit because she’s sick or even worse, what if she dies? What do you do after that?
So, excited, tense, and somewhat sullen – I drove home anxiously. Almost home, I got a call from Abbi’s owner. They needed me to help – so I turned around and went to pick her up.
A lab look-alike, this adopted pup was pure white and up to my hips. No bending over to pet her head. She had a really cute curly tail. I was in love.
Sweet, mellow, soft and fuzzy, droopy eyes and a thick neck. She was beautiful. In just two days, she was a keeper. I couldn’t imagine how perfect she would in our home. Pebbles was sooo thrilled. A big dog! What fun! A new playmate, one that will always be here no matter how many fosters come and go.
A few weeks later – she’s hanging out and has developed her presence. She does great with the Bubbas, loves playing with Pebbles, enjoys foster friends, drawn to people, gaining confidence.
I’m excited to see how she melts into the household even more! She’s a jewel!
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