Saturday, April 5, 2008


dogs from our 4-H club doing a short demo before visiting...

stop talking. . .there is people to be licked over there

First home petting time (there were kids there), dogs had a hard time demoing anything with kids so close! Harley, TDI, gets petted first, Ready (in training) waits in line.

Ready is being urged to greet a very fragile acting lady, and the next picture shows how it went.

Ready was very hesitant with the fragile older ladies, but after their hands were placed on the top of her head, she gently and happily licked everywhere she could reach .
These girls w/Harley & Ready do a large amount of PR for our favorite breed and who can resist pretty, young girls with well trained, beautiful dogs. I have seen even people who wouldn't give the breed a chance if handled by an adult, listen nicely and love on the pits handled by knowledgable young people.
Harley, TDI, doesn't care what else is there (Little One the toy poodlish thing) or going on if only he can get petted. He almost pouted because the kids did a short demo before each visiting session. Ready says thanks for the petting, but that Little One doesn't like me. . .Ohhh, empty hands over there. Why do I get the girl that takes time to talk with each patient. . .there are empty laps calling my head and hands to stroke me.
Oh La La, more petting for the love starved pit bull and Ready is finding out that shaking, fragile hand can handle petting a big dog. . .she is really careful about her approach to the more fragile of the patients. But her favorite patient of the day was a gentleman, who's mind was fading, but his health was still robust. The shine in his eyes to hold a big dog said it all.
I love the stable temperment on pits. . .this was Ready's second visit and we are so proud of how she handles it all. Many of our 4-H dogs have reactions to the equipment in nursing homes, wheel chairs, canes, walkers, etc. for the first time, but I have never noticed our pits even glancing at these items. Pits seem to take it all in stride, like people just come with thoses items attached to them.
My first puppy (back in the early 80's) off of Panda's Gallant Finale at 4 months of age, on lead leaped into the lap on a young man in a wheel chair and embarrassed me (we were walking thru a art festival). He laughed delightedly and wanted to keep her (as she is cleaning his face), because he said all the dogs he knew no longer liked him because of the chair. I don't think she even saw the wheel chair as anything other than a way to reach his face easier. Needless to say, I have gotten much better at keeping an eye on ANYTHING my fearless love sponges can get into.
My daughter is sooo much better at this than me, and she does the TDI visits. The first visit, my daughter only wanted to go and do the demo portion (obedience, agility, tricks). But one of the residents was blind and wanted to see Ready with her hands and have Steph give her a more indepth discription on her tricks. What pit puppy can resist an all over body rub without washing a face in thanks?

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