is a child of the natural mountains, so her morning doesn't begin until the sun reaches it's Zenith (i.e. high noon) B)
Arrived with Spock early in E.S. parking lot at 0715. Parked in far parking space isolated by empty spaces on each side. Waited in car with Spock for majority of late students to be dropped off by parents, before the Tardy Bell at 0730. A club cab pickup pulls in space one over from us and I don't pay it no mind at some younger people get out. Was looking at my phone when Mr. Spock starts to whine and bark like a maniac at car next to us. I look out and a pack of (4) dogs on leashes had been unloaded from the truck! WTH!
I had no info from emails that any other animals were going to be at this career day, I mean, what are the chances? Oh boy, this day was not starting out well... I rolled down window and inquired to handler about dogs- he was from a guide dog training organization...
Still had some time to kill, so waited another 10 minutes for the pack & handlers to enter school and we headed in. (Remember, Spock has been attending this school weekly for 1-1/2 years in the Read With Me program) While headed in, we walked alongside an attractive brunette, active female FBI agent, sharply dressed, pushing a cart full of body armor and LE equipment into school for career day. I couldn't tell if she was packin' - Wowza! Ahhhh...yeahh...back to the dog story.....
Got just outside the front door and I spot "the pack" still hangin' around the check-in desk- WTH X2? One handler had to come back out with dog, since she forgot her ID. Many late students still arriving at this time- area busy. Spock was peeing on his regular bush outside the entrance and started barking when he saw dog emerge, so I pulled him away to another area outside building. Fiinally, when the pack got checked in and away from registration desk, I headed in with Spock.
We did our normal check-in routine, which includes admin asst. giving Spock a handful of Cheerios as he puts big paws up on desk. About this time ANOTHER DOG enters building about 12 feet from us at check-in desk. WTH X3 !!! This is a yellow lab drug detection dog with Police Officer handler. Immediately both dogs exchange barks, so officer heads back outside until we cleared check-in desk and head to library. Believe me, whole school could hear these barks from a Dobe & Lab inside! I mentioned to coordinator of event, the guidance counselor, that I wasn't informed other dogs would be attending. After getting to Library, everything went smooth and no more excitement for rest of visit, thankfully!
We were assigned a 4th grade classroom near an exit, for fast potty breaks. Spock and I gave (4) x 20 min. presentations for different 4th grade classes. This included Dobe Therapy Dog presentation, same I sent you guys, and a Pet Partners info sheet w/handout. When classes rotated many of the kids met and petted Spock, and the rest after we completed each presentation. He was laid back, calm and loving to all in attendance, about (100) students and faculty (just not the other dogs). He's so good at this, when I'm talking to class, Mr. Spock just sits & leans against my leg, in Dobe velco style...
I used student volunteers to demonstrate proper strange dog approach techniques and awarded students laminated Spock/Eva bookmarks for answering questions about presentation material. I had him perform some obedience & tricks to perk him up and get his airplane ears up to full Dobe alert mode! Two girl students in one class said their family had Dobes at home.
Had one quick potty break between sessions #3 & 4. Finished at 1000 and headed out of school. I spoke with coordinator and mentioned that since Spock has been coming to this school for so long, he might have perceived the strange dogs, coming into his extended "home" as intruders, hence the barking.
Another possibility- Spock was smelling the hallway floor like crazy, heading out of the school, so maybe one of the young female guide dogs (who had peed inside) could have been in season? This could explain the crazy males barking? Maybe I'll link some pics later, when they're posted. Headed home via coffee kiosk for Pup-A-Chino and then a good nappy nap! Tonight-
School district Superintendent awards at HQ for volunteers, including our Pet Partners Therapy Dog teams. I heard another (3) Therapy dog teams (Paws for Service) would be attending, so I'm taking Eva to preclude any dog-dog interaction, since media might be there- she ignores other dogs.