Wow...it has been one busy dog week! Liam started back into agility after being out for almost a year due to a back injury last summer. At 8 years old he is still healthy, happy and not ready to completely retire from the sport. We both LOVE running outdoors and think its the best way to spend a morning!
On Wed both dogs did there second therapy visit to Logan place, which is part of the Preble St Homeless shelter. Residents of Logan place were, at one time, homeless. We are part of a pilot program to use therapy dogs to try get get the residents more social . Since I am also the volunteer coordinator for the animal shelter, the idea of having people who understand homelessness help animals who are homeless makes complete sense. So the program is to try to give people the confidence to volunteer at the shelter and be more involved in the community. Its a big order, but so far my dogs are making great strides with some of the residents. I am hoping we can make the switch from using my dogs to having shelter dogs make the visit. It would be good for the shelter dogs to get out of there kennels and make these much needed trips.
This week Gimli earned 2 legs of his rally novice title at the Wassamki show in Scarborough (woot!). Since pulling him from agility, we have been a little lost on what to do next, and rally is a nice transition for us to go to the obedience ring. Although our runs weren't pretty...Gim was happy and very proud of himself (me too!). Just look at the pride on his little face! We saw some great friends and wonderful dogs...so much fun. Cant wait for the Cumberland show at the end of June!
My aunt Karen and cousin Matt came for a visit this weekend from NY and enjoyed a long walk in the woods with the boys, Jill and the Golden retriever gang. They also got to observe my puppy class and take part of a AKC CGC test. When people visit, its always a guarantee that they will be involved in my dog-life in some way!
Next week...more agility and rally classes, a therapy visit at the hospital and attending another noseworks seminar on Sunday. ok....maybe we can rest in June :)