Back on a doggy topic, Spock, Eva and myself have a very busy two weeks of therapy visits, that started yesterday.
Besides our regular weekly reading visits twice/week to our local E.S. there are several other events, just happen to be occurring in during this time span. This is due to college finals weeks, so many "Stress-Down" events scheduled. I am alternating Spock & Eva at the college venues so each can experience the particular locations. Spock have already been to St.Mary's twice and Eva to UTSA once this year.
(UIW- U. Incarnate Word, UTSA- U. Texas at SA, St. Mary's U.- Only Law school in SA)
2 Dec- Eva school weekly reading visit
3 Dec- Spock UTSA Stress-Down
4 Dec- Spock school weekly reading visit
5 Dec- Eva Stress-Down St. Mary's U.
9 Dec- Eva school weekly reading visit
9 Dec- Spock UIW Stress-down
10 Dec- Eva Seniors Center presentation/visit
11 Dec- Spock school Career Day (5) 4th grade presentations/meet kids.
12 Dec- School District Superintedent's Award
School asked me to participate in Career Day (really my 2nd career) by giving our "Doberman as Therapy Dogs" presentation with Spock in front of (5) 4th grade classes on a rotating shedule, 20 min each. Spock will be exhausted as this will run up to the 2 hr. limit imposed by Pet Partners for visits.
(I will PM CT members a YouTube link to this PPT presentation, also shown at seniors center, coverted to video and with some music added)
Reading program Liaison at our E.S. nominated both therapy dog teams (myself and another team) for school district award, given out twice/year for exemplary volunteers or teachers- dogs welcomed at ceremony!)
My biggest concerns are fatigue of the dogs at long events and other dominant male TD teams with Spocko. So far there have been minimal problems, as we just keep our distance and keep Spock busy with being admired by lots of college students. Only one I know that is slated is on today's visit is a vocal male GSD, that will be part of the (5) team event. Eva interfaced with him last time, but she just ignores other large dogs for the most part (except Spock, who she likes to wrestle with)!