Well, Maddie passed her Therapy Dog evaluation/test at ARF last week! After getting her CGC several weeks ago, she was given additional evaluation and testing by the ARF Therapy Animal Team Coordinator for an hour. She was tested for her tolerance to noise, unusual human gaits, various genders and ages, medical apparatus, barking dogs, etc. After passing, we were given a cute yellow vest for her to wear for her work. We're going to be given our choice of facilities & activities to do. ARF has visiting programs to nursing homes, hospitals, senior facilities, schools, Read to Rover (they call it All Ears Reading), and special needs children such as those with Asperger's Syndrome.
Who'd of thunk it? Maddie is the "party all the time" girl, but she does so well in other structured activities. She seems to know the difference. The most difficult part of all of it is getting her used to wearing the vest. She's not
a "girlie-girl" who loves dress up. She freezes like a statue if I put anything (like a raincoat) on her. She refuses to move. I've been putting the vest on her for more extended periods of time the last few days, and she's finally used to it. Here's a couple of pics with her in her vest. Thank you Kimberly for raising such a terrific little girl with a wonderful temperament, and thank you for letting me have her!