Good Dogs!

September 29, 2008

I am happy to report that both Quincy and Harley passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test!  This was the first step needed for Quincy to become a therapy dog!  I’m so proud!

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Dogs and Grief

August 27, 2008

I don’t think I have mentioned the fact that I have two dogs who I adore.  They go everywhere with hubby and I.  Quincy is a rescued English Setter and Harley is a rescued Rottie-Beagle mix.  I have no clue how that happened either or who was who but he’s really cute.  Quincy is a mommas’ boy.  He adores me and I love him probably as much as my husband – at times, slightly more.  Quincy sleeps on my side of the bed on my feet but he starts out sleeping next to me with his head on the pillow in a “spoon” position.  Harley is independent and strong-minded and very sweet.  He cuddles when he wants to and the rest of the time, he is content to sleep on the floor on his dog bed.

I mention these two mutts because I have discovered that without my dogs (my husband and friends are great too but this is about the dogs) I wouldn’t have survived the last couple of months.  If you aren’t an animal person, you won’t understand this but in my worst of times, when I have been alone, collapsed on the carpet, sobbing and screaming, “why?”, both dogs have laid down next to me, pressing themselves close and licking tears from my face.  There are days when the only reason I got up was because the dogs wanted to go outside for a walk.

There was a recent story on the “Today Show” about therapy dogs and their effect on people who have suffered tragedies like the shooting at NIU, Hurricane Katrina survivors and firefighters after 9/11.  I have long talked about taking my Setter to become trained as a therapy dog, his personality is perfect for it – so kind, so gentle and so loving.  It looks like Quincy goes to school in January.  I am excited to share him with other people who need to forget about their loss and grief for a little bit and just bask in the love of a really, really good dog.