Well, I first have to say I am horrible about overbooking myself, my dogs, my husband. I forgot and told a friend I would do a therapy dog visit for someone and she sent me an email reminder the night before. Well I forgot that we were moving last night! Dasher was at the old house with no furniture that night and then we picked him up during the dark and brought him to the new house. Ofcourse an hour of RLH in the new house.
So this morning, I brushed Dash out and made him look as pretty. I go outside and where is Dash- in the hostas that are taller than him and he is now soaking wet
I have no clue where anything is at this point so I just throw him in the car and put the a/c vent on him as we drive. I was more concerned on both of our lack of sleep with Belle grumbling thru the night and realizing Jim is going to kill me for doing this right now.
We went to the visit and walked around a bit first. I was concerned Dash having too much energy as I normally wear Belle out before a visit. He is a lap dog with me when he is tired but he really doesn't sit on too many stranger's laps as he is such a mommy's boy. My goal was for him to be calm as the other dog that was going was a newfy who barely moves and Dasher loves to visit with other dogs. Well Dash was calm but very curious about this new place, the wheel chairs, the walkers, etc. I am sure he will get more used to the strange equipment as time goes. He was very good with the patients and one woman asked if he was a Hav- I was so excited someone recognized the breed! Dash loved the patients who were sitting on actual furniture as he would run and jump on the couch next to them- one time without being asked
I do have to say I am not sure if they wash their hair with the same product there but Dasher was pushing his entire nose on many of the women's heads. Everyone thought it was endearing but I thought it was so goofy. He put his paws on one patient's shoulders and she thought he wanted to kiss her (Dash is not a kissing dog AT ALL!) and he went to town sniffing her hair
We later went to the memory ward which I was concerned about Dash going into. I let the leader know with it being Dasher's first visit if I thought he was stressed, I would end it early. He actually turned into an actual therapy dog visit! Some of the patients in this area can really be kind of pushy and clumsy and Dash kind of liked it. He seemed to be more comfortable than the previous visit or maybe he just was a bit more used to all the commotion? One patient kept wanting to move his face hair to see his eyes, Dash kept kissing her hand while she was doing this. I was so proud of him. I tried to not praise him cause then he wants to be with me- he is a mommy's boy and I want to keep him that way!
But it was a great first visit. When you consider all the changes and stress in my life and Dasher's, it was absolutely amazing. He did quite a few of his tricks and we need to learn more as he was making quite a few fans.
We do have an issue we are going to have to work on. In 2 of my regular visits (including this one) they have a bird watching area in the facilities. Well Dasher is convinced they have that set up for him. I couldn't get him to visit with any of the patients anywhere near that and he barked. While they all thought it was cute, I couldn't get him to forget about the birds. I actually had to pick him up and carry him past the area!
Overall, I was thrilled with Dasher and his first visit. Later this week we are doing the read to rover program which may be a bit better for his age and energy level but I am thinking, Dash will do well where ever we go