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Nope, it's not a bagle, it's one of Laura's 6 therapy beagles- she works with beagle rescue and has been my mentor with the therapy group. For the parade we had 3 rotties, 2 beagles, 2 French Bulldogs, a pomeranian on the float, Murray, and Minna just for the socialization experience- I'm going to get her certified this summer.

Minna's come a long way from the terrified little trembler we took in 1 1/2 years ago. I've already walked her around the nursing home so that she's somewhat familiar with the smells and noises. I think she'll be a great little therapy dog!
 

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Biscuit, I bet Lady would be great at therapy work! I'm glad you're thinking about it.

There is such a need for therapy dogs- our organization can't fill all the requests from hospitals for patient visits, schools for reading programs, the Humane League for educational presentations.. the list goes on and on. I have a twice per month commitment to a local nursing home, and try to do one community event per month (parades, manning table for education at public events,etc). I wish I could do more.

Good luck if you decide to follow up with this- if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know-
 

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When Murray and I got certified last winter, Bruce, a 10 year old boxer who lives in the mountains in the center of the state, was certified at the same time. He and his owner are the only team in their area, and they are overwhelmed with requests.

He is a sweet, white-faced old boy (the dog, not the owner :rolleyes: ). I think the old folks he visits appreciate his stiffness and difficulty in getting around at times, and have a special bond with him because of his age. He loves the patients he visits,this helps keep him active, and he is a real star in our organization.

As long as the dog enjoys what he's doing,and is physically able to do it, age is not a limitation!

I hope Lady gets a good report at the vet, and that you can figure out what will work with her as far as food- good luck!
 
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