Harvey is my chocolate lab and he'll be 5 yrs on May 11/08
I've been retired for 7 years and volunteer two days a week at a Therapeutic Riding School.
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
Harvey loves food, balls and old people. When I watch him and see how easy it is to please him, it brings things into perspective for me. He reminds me to "not sweat the small stuff" and to pay attention to what's really important in each day.
Hi Pam and Harvey,
Haven't heard from you in a while so I thought I'd say hello. Here in Michigan spring has finally arrived and we all have a bit more energy and are enjoying the season. My oldest dog, George has gone completely blind and is having some difficulty getting around. He seems unhappy and I wonder if his quality of life has suffered too much. We're taking things one day at a time and I spend as much time as possible just holding him. He's been such an awesome friend to me.
How's your volunteer work going? Ginny and I are enjoying our pet therapy work and have taken on another school where the kids read to Ginny. It's fun to be a part of it all. Hope all is well with you. Give my best to Harvey!
Norma & Ginny
I have always thought that helping others was the best way to stop focusing on your own problems. I think you're right about Crystal's volunteer work meeting a need for her. I like happy endings too.
I've seen English and Irish Setters carry toys around gently. Just having something in their mouth while they walk seems to calm them. I didn't know labs do that too. I'm always interested in learning about characteristics of a breed. I'm not a trainer but often have other members of the therapy group ask for suggestions to certain behavior issues they have with their dogs.. Sometimes just knowing how they care for their toys is important.
Isn't it great when animals meet while they're too young to know how they're 'supposed' to respond to each other? We got a kitten the same time we got Ginny. For the first year they cleaned each other, slept together, and followed each other around. Oliver, the cat, now thinks he's a little too cool for that but he still lines up with the dogs for treats and once in awhile I'll catch he and Ginny napping together. If people got along as well as animals do we'd all be alot happier.
Hi Pam and Harvey,
Thanks for the information about your volunteer work. We take foster children, one at a time, and usually they have special needs though not necessarily physical. We had a 15yr old foster daughter who volunteered at a local stable in a similar program and it was such a positive experience for all of us. I don't know if it was helping other kids, working with the horses or both that really helped Crystal come out of herself. You said Harvey likes to play with the cats in the stable. How does he get along with the horses?
I laughed at the picture of Harvey with his first stuffed animal. What a gentle friend he must be to have his toy still after 5 years!! I liked your comment about how easy it is to please Harvey. The labs we work with are so loving and eager to please.
Yes, Ginny enjoys her volunteer work but she lets me know when it's time to go home. Most of the training we received was to help us tune in to each other so we're both okay with our work. I laugh because the training we had was 12 weeks long. Ginny needed about 2 weeks and I needed about 10. I'm joking but Ginny is really very smart.
Give Harvey a hug for me. Norma
Thank you for the compliment you gave to Harvey. I was looking at all the photos yesterday and couldn't help but marvel at your great looking kids, too. Good for Jessica! She has a very important job ahead of her and I think she'll make a great pin-up model as well. The photo that you posted makes me want one in every colour. Thanks for the warm welcome and I'm glad to be here.
Hi Pam and Harvey. What a beautiful Lab boy you have. You are so right when you say our K9 buds remind us daily "not to sweat the small stuff." I have some exciting news, my Choc. girl Jessica is the "poster dog" for the Navajo County Drug Coalition and we've been asked to participate in the Arizona state "Crystal Darkness" telecast on April 15. This is a big night for the fight against crystal meth. Jessica shows kids through demonstrations that she can find drugs faster than they can hide them. She makes quite an impression. The black Flat Coated retriever is Macy and she's a therapy dog. It's good to have you onboard and I think this is going to be fun.