Choosing a first assignment is very important. You want the handler and animal to both be successful and enjoy that first experience as a Pet Partner. Being part of the Love Dog team provides many different environments and populations to work with so often it takes a few visits to determine the best match.
Ginger had a superb first experience. She came along with two other teams to a group home for young women. The women had not had large dogs visit before and enjoyed cuddling the smaller dogs. They had met Kirby and Benny but never a big dog! Change and newness are not easy for these women to adjust to. They thrive on routine and familiarity. But the new dogs presented no problem at all. Perhaps it was because Kirby was leading the way and the women trusted him!
Soon Bailey, our experienced Golden and Ginger were the hit of the afternoon.
Ginger is a beautiful Yellow Lab and sweet and very calm. Both she and Bailey were gentle with the women and allowed them to take their time around the bigger dogs. One woman in particular took to Ginger and petted her right away. The others were a bit more hesitant. But soon all three dogs were lying on the floor being read to. Kirby was very proud of his friends and was happy to share the visit with them.
Then we decided to take all the dogs for a walk and one woman strolled Kirby in his buggy. The two larger dogs walked right along with us and it was a wonderful adventure for everyone.
Ginger fit right in and has what it takes to be a Love Dog and her owner Susan, is a tremendous addition to our team. They will work well in many types of environments and we look forward to seeing what they enjoy the most.
We look forward to many more visits with Ginger and watching her blossom as a therapy dog.