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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Project PUP

Yesterday, I took Kona to a screening/evaluation with Project PUP. This is a local organization of therapy dogs and other animals (they actually have some llamas!), PUP stands for Pets Uplifting People. 

The screening took place at an actual nursing home and part of the process was to meet a few residents. The screener took us through a hallway where we met a Project PUP volunteer in a wheelchair and also another volunteer with a walker (thank goodness there was no tennis balls on that walker -- had my fears with Kona's tennis ball fetish).

Then we met two elderly residents.

I'm happy to report that Kona passed with (almost) flying colors.  Her biggest problem was she kept heading for the door! I don't think she knew what was going on with all the other dogs and people all about... Second problem was that she Velcroed herself to my leg and I had some trouble getting her close enough for the residents to reach her. But she did pass in both performance and temperament categories.

Anyway, she is now officially "certified" as a therapy dog with Project PUP.  I have a list of places requesting therapy dog services so will be making calls next week to set up some appointments.

Dog tired after the screening/evaluation & sporting her new Project PUP bandana


Denise said...

So glad she passed! She'll be a great therapy dog, and thank you for being willing to take her places where she can "do her thing" and make people feel better.

Joyce said...

Congratulations to both you and Kona for passing the certification screening😊. I am betting that it's going to be a positive experience for you, Kona and the recipients of her friendly visits. Give her a pat on the head , or wherever she likes to be petted, for me☺️.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a job well done. As Kona adjusts to the surroundings of a nursing home/care home and the patients that want to pet her, I'm sure she'll break away from your leg in a short time. Obviously she is a very intelligent and loving dog. It's so good you are getting out and volunteering your time in this great en-devour.

As always, lots of hugs & prayers