Saturday, March 15, 2008. This was a big day for Rusty. We attended Donway Retirement Home and went through an hour and a half evaluation. It was a gruelling ordeal (for me), but Rusty excelled. He didn't appear to know that he was being tested and just did his own thing. His own thing is to be the most placid creature on the face of the earth; letting absolutely nothing bother him. They threw everything they could his way to phase him. They made loud noises throwing cans on the floor, they had people milling all around him, they offered him cookies and then couldn't find his mouth, he had to walk in and around people with crutches, walkers, wheelchairs etc. The outcome was, he became a certified therapy dog through Therapeutic Paws of Canada and we are very proud of his accomplishments so far. Soon, he will begin visiting and making his own friends in nursing homes.