So, I actually got up my gumption to make appointments to take Kona out on Therapy Dog visits. The first place I contacted wanted me to bring Kona in for an "interview".
I tell you, this was like a job interview. I had to fill out an application that was several pages long and included strange questions such as What is your favorite movie? and If money and time were unlimited, where would you go on a dream vacation and what would you do? It felt like they were trying to get a psychological profile on me. Then I had to provide two references, plus sign off on a criminal background check. Oh-kay.
I mean, I'm just a volunteer with a therapy dog.
After our interview, which I guess I passed, I had to go to a 2 hour long "volunteer orientation". This included a tour of the facility and I was also given a "volunteer handbook" and a list of rules and regulations as well as a "dress code". We were also shown the procedure to "check in" at the front desk, and then, again, at the volunteer station where we clock our hours.
Then we were told we had to have a TB screening test!
I took the TB test thing yesterday, and have to return on Wednesday for the "all clear" and then I have to set up a time with the volunteer coordinator to do the first visit with her at my side showing me the ropes.
It seems like a lot of hoops to jump through just bring Kona in for visits. But, as Bob would say, "oh well."
The second nursing home, I called on Saturday. I had gotten a newsletter from Project PUP which stated that this particular place did not have a single therapy dog coming to see them and they desperately wanted one. Since it's not too far away, I gave them call and talked with that volunteer coordinator to set up a time to come in -- which was yesterday.
Yesterday, I arrived with Kona, met the volunteer coordinator in the lobby. She took me straight to the dining room where several residents were drinking coffee, playing games, etc. and left me there to "do my thing"! No paperwork to fill out, no introductions, just jump in with both feet!
The one thing I found out about Kona is that although she is well behaved and everyone loved her, she tends to keep her eyes on me at all times and did not seem very interested in the residents.
Maybe this will change with time...
I have scheduled to go back to nursing home #2 on Saturday mornings. We'll see what happens....