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Maddie the Therapy Dog!

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!
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Congrats Jeanne and Maddie!! That is WONDERFUL news! I am so happy for you two and you are sure to have a great experience ahead of you. Kudos!

She looks adorable in her vest!

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That's great! Congrats!!!

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HUGE CONGRATS! Jeanne- it is really interesting but I think the most outgoing playful dogs, honestly make the best therapy dogs maybe they just absorb the situation more! I am sure you two will find the best place for you and have a great time!


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Wow Jeanne - congratulations to you and Maddie - that's a huge accomplishment. Have lots of fun with your new "job."

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Congratulations to Maddie and to you Jeanne. I can't wait to hear which activity you choose. Maddie is very special and I know everyone will be drawn to her no matter which activity you choose.


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Congratulations, Jeanne and Maddie!!! I'm also eager to know which activity you two wind up choosing. As a special ed teacher whose specialty is teaching reading to dyslexic students, I'm gonna put in a plug for the "All Ears Reading" or working w/children who have Asperger's

BTW~ I think Maddie looks so "professional" in her vest


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Jeanne, that is great news! Congrats to you and Maddie on such a wonderful accomplishment!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! Congrats!

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