Friday, November 5, 2010

Smile, You Are On Camera

There was a flurry of activity today out here in little Dripping Springs, Texas, at Stay n Play.  David Scott of KXAN TV in Austin is doing a series on the Penny's From Heaven Foundation, the Foundation's mission, and Patsy Swendson, Executive Director and Founder.  It is a four-part series which begins airing on November 10, 2010.  I haven't the time yet, but I understand the series will be available online.  As soon as I have more details, I'll post.

Patsy Swendson, right, and Jennifer, left, who is in the Penny's From Heaven therapy dog training program.

Julie works the camera for David Scott of KXAN TV.

Julie, Charlotte Biggs, co-owner of Stay n Play, and David Scott of KXAN.  Charlotte has really worked to get a therapy dog training program at the kennel and a Penny's From Heaven chapter here in Dripping Springs.

Andrew, who served in Iraq, is a 20-year Army veteran and his certified therapy dog, Coco.  Andrew, a wounded warrior, was interviewed by David Scott about what it meant to him to go through the therapy dog training at Penny's From Heaven Foundation.  I did not hear the interview but am looking forward to hearing Andrew's story on KXAN.

Here are Tuxon and Bosley, both of which are in the same therapy dog training class as Luc.  Tuxon is so laid back whereas Luc is not.  :D  Doesn't Bosley have the sweetest face?  He is the sweetest and gets around famously in his cart.  He is paralyzed from a crushed disk, but he has a lot of heart. 

This is Laura, our trainer, and Weasel.  Weasel gets so stressed out with all the dogs around.  Weasel is great with people, but she is pretty shy around giant dogs.   She hopes she is invisible when Luc looks her way. 

Last, but not least, are Luc and Melody.  Melody has Labs and loves Luc.  Unfortunately, she is giving him the "leave it" training toy.  lol 

It only took two hours for Luc to settle down with all the dogs and people around today.  Luc is a whirling dervish.  His name is the most called to sit, no kissing, down, settle, leave it, and just about any thought a canine can come up with to do, he does.  At the moment giving kisses to anyone who comes within the length of his tongue is at risk.  Kissing without an invitation is considered unacceptable canine behavior particularly when it is from a therapy dog.  However, Patsy from Penny's  told me that it can be "overcomed" for she has worked with worse.  I'm encouraged. 

Until next time, God bless.


DJan said...

I look forward to seeing your post about when it will be available for me to view. Your pictures are wonderful, and all the doggies make me smile.

Johnny Nutcase said...

that's great! therapy animals are such a good thing. great post!

The Japanese Redneck said...

He'll get there one day. Just be consistent and patient!