I am a Therapy Dog!! Woohoo!!

Woohoo!!  Yes you read it correctly I PASSED my final assessment on Sunday – can you tell how excited I am?

Let me tell you it wasn’t easy!  It was 90 minutes in length and there was no time for Mischief (Ok, so maybe I snuck a little in – I tapped on the glass door when I’d had enough of them telling us what we needed to do! Tee Hee).

Mum don't forget to take the 'In training' badge off my vest!! Yay!! :)

Anyway, there were about 10 other Dogs there AND they even threw (no, not literally! :) ) a CAT in to see if they could put us off!!  I wasn’t expecting that!

The organization is called Furry Friends and they allow all kinds of animals to come on the visits (so long as they’re certified, of course) – so they needed to check how I’d behave with a CAT!

They brought it over to me in a blanket, I sniffed the blanket and then turned away and ignored the Cat – there was no way I was gonna let a Cat get me distracted from this very important test!!

I even did well with the wheelchair, the walking frame, the whistle and the clicker – The clicker did make me jump back as it startled me – I was careful not to bark though!  At the very end they gave me a yummy treat and I had to take it nicely – that bit was easy!!

 

Time for a quick water break, this is thirsty work!! :)

Then it was time for the photo shoot so they can make an ID tag for me – well if I haven’t had enough practice with Mum taking my photos!! :)

I’m going to start out with visiting retirement homes and eventually hope to also go to Children’s Centres and Hospitals and do the READ program.  This program is where children get to practice reading by reading to animals!!  It all sounds great!!

I’m even going to start with my first visit TODAY – yep, Mum’s going to groom me all nicely and we’re going to a local retirement home for a visit.  Furry Friends works in teams, so I’ll get to meet some other Dogs too, and I believe there is a Cat on this team – Yay – I’m gonna have a Cat friend!  I’ll let you know how I get on…… :)

Comments

  1. Congrat snoopy! good job with ignoring the cat too, my doggies could never do that!

    • Thanks Debbie,

      My Mum was really worried when she saw the Cat there, she thought it would be chaos, I don’t actually know how I managed it, I just turned away and hoped it would be gone when I looked back!! :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  2. WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!! I am so proud of you Snoopy!!!!

    ~Higgins
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  3. Wow Snoopy, that’s awesome! Congratulations! You and your family are really incredible for doing this – you’re going to help heal so many hearts. ♥♥♥
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    • Thanks Leslie,

      We’re super excited and I can’t wait to start today – I’m gonna bring my waggliest tail and my cutest look with me! :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  4. Snoopy that is awesome!!! Congrats, you are going to be the best therapy dog ever.
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  5. Oh Snoopy, we’re all SO proud of you! WOOHOO! We never had any doubts you’d pass. How exciting! I can’t wait to hear how your first visit went. ::throwing a virtual party for Snoopy:: :D
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    • Thanks Daisy,

      Yay – a virtual party – how cool!! I’m gonna bring some virtual cake – wish it was real!! :)

      I’ll be sure to let you know how my first visit goes :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  6. Snoopy, I am so incredibly proud of you and your mum. What a important and noble career you’ll have. I REALLY hope you and your family go to the Beardie National Show this year, they have a Therapy Dog Parade. It is touching to watch these very special dogs parade around the ring. The crowd cheers them on and everyone is very emotional . I knew the moment you were born that you were going to be a very special boy.GOOD JOB SNOOPY!!!!

    • Thanks Jean,

      I had no idea about a Therapy Dog Parade – that sounds cool and I do like to parade around and be centre of attention – Tee Hee – Gonna ask Mum to see if we can make it! :)

      I’m so happy that I’m now an official Therapy Dog so I can go to places where people don’t get out as often and make them smile – Mum says I’ve always been an unofficial one, cos I love making people smile! :)

      Wags to all,

      Your boy Snoops :)

  7. Way to go, Snoopy!!! You should be very proud! I am sure your Mom is!!
    I would love Sophie to be a Therapy Dog…..however she has not passed any class she was ever in!! lol And the mention of, not to even entertain the sight of a cat would send her into orbit! You are a ggod dog and Sophie could SO learn from you. Keep your head high, you deserve it!

    • Hi Jim,

      Thanks for your lovely comments – your comments about Sophie made me chuckle!! :) She may not be an ‘Official Therapy’ Dog but she can still be an ‘unofficial’ therapy Dog and I’m sure she makes you and all of us smile lots! :)

      Have a fun day

      Snoops :)

  8. Congratulations Snoopy! We’re so proud of you! Great job!!
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  9. Congratulations Snoopy! You will make a great therapy dog!
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  10. CONGRATS!!!
    Dachshund Nola
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  11. Snoopy HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!

    You sure had A LOT to learn and you did a great job my friend!

    Mom and I couldn’t be happier for you!

    We love when dogs come to retirement homes (they did that at the home my Mom’s father-in-law used to be in) and it helps the residents so much!

    I also love the idea of children reading to you Snoopy!! That will be a blast!

    Mom and I wish you the best of luck and you should be soooooooo proud!

    Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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    • Thanks Dakota (and your Mum)

      Yeah, I’m super excited about passing, Mum didn’t think I’d pass just yet, but I knew I could pull it out of the bag!! Tee Hee

      Have a fun weekend,

      Wags to all – say hi to Cody,

      Snoops :)

  12. Congratulations Snoopy! That is so awesome :) Kudos to you and your mum!
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  13. OMD, Snoopy! Congratulations–you rock!!

    They threw a CAT in while you were being tested? Ugh, I don’t know how I’ll ever pass if that’s the case…..
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    • Hi Sage,

      Hey don’t worry buddy – I think that’s just my organization that does the Cat thing, plus it’s not a deal breaker if I didn’t manage the Cat part of the test, it would just mean I couldn’t be on a team with a Cat – I’m sure you could do it!! :)

      Have a fun weekend

      Snoops :)

  14. Woohooo Snoopy – good for you, your mom must be very proud of you! It’s quite an achievement, and you didn’t even let the cat bother you. You are so good!
    Now you can go out and help old people and children -what satisfying work, and look at the love you will be spreading around; they will all love you like we do!
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    • Thanks Barb,

      You’re so sweet! Yeah, I’m really looking forward to getting into it, the extra petting is gonna be great – I don’t think Mum gives me enough attention!! Tee Hee

      Have a fun weekend,

      Snoops :)

  15. Way to Go, Snoopy!!! I am so super happy for you!

    Have a great time on your visits!

    Doggy Kisses,
    Tanner
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  16. CHClassicalsMyTurn says:

    Nice work, Snoop-Dog. Mum is moving my cheese, also known as ‘her’ office, so stop on by cos I think I will need some THER-A-P!!!! YBB, Turner. (PS…cool vest, Dude!)

    • Yo Turner,

      Sorry to hear your Mum is up to Mischief, I thought that was your department!! Tee Hee – I miss you buddy, I hope we get a play date again soon!!

      Do you know where I got the vest? From your pals Whiskey and Nash’s Mum – she rocks!! :)

      Wags to all,

      YBB Snoops :)

  17. Oh Snoopy, that is wonderful. I know that if My Vickie was in a hospital or one of her kids was in school, or she was old and alone in a care center, she would LOVE to have someone as handsome as you come to visit her.

    This is so cool. I am so proud of you.

    I know youwill be loved by all.
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    • Hey Bert,

      Thanks for your lovely words – I sure would love to visit your Vickie – she’s pawsome!! Just like you buddy :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  18. Congrats! That is so amazing! Good for you for ignoring the cat!
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  19. Natalie says:

    I am a pet lover, but I love my dog so much… I will always be a snoopy addict…

  20. that is one cool vest Snoopy…congratulations! more people will surely find comfort with ya around…xoxox – Vanilla Bean
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    • Thanks Vanilla Bean,

      Yeah, I love my vest, though when I first put it on I thought it was a little odd – now I know people are gonna want to pet me when I wear it!! Yay!! :)

      Have a fun weekend buddy,

      Snoops :)

  21. Congratulations, Snoopy – this is hard, rewarding work. We are so happy you passed your test (though had no doubt except for what mischief might do!). Have a great time on your visits!
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  22. woooooo! congratulations!!!
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  23. Congratulations, Snoopy!!! Well done! You look gorgeous and so professional in your vest!

  24. WOW! Great job Snoopy!!! We are so proud of your big accomplishment– way to go!!! We love the photo, you look fabulous as always :)
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  25. Good job Snoopy!! I can’t ignore cats. I just can’t. Guess I don’t get to be a Therapy dog!
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    • Hi Rocco,

      Wait – you still can be a Therapy Dog – I don’t think I explained it too well – the Cat test was just to see if I should be on a Therapy Team with Cats – our organization works in teams, but not all do. Even if I didn’t pass the Cat test I could have just worked on a team without Cats :)

      Hope that’s clearer,

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  26. How awesome, Snoops!! I’m so proud of you!! What a great job! I would love to do something like that, but I’m too much of a crazy girl to ever pass a test like that. Teehee! ;)

    Woofs & hugs,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I’m a girl!)

    • Hi Bailey,

      Trust me, I’m really no saint, I’ve just been practising when to turn on the charm and not be a Mischief Maker!! Tee Hee

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  27. Snoopy, I’m so proud of you!!! Congratulations!
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