Max is a typical Border Collie. He bores easily. He has been known to protest having nothing to do by whining.
But today on his first therapy visit there was no whining. He was busy as ever and a very happy Border.
Max and his handler Scott decided to work with special children in a group home. Scott shadowed experienced teams without Max and knew what to expect. But first visits are still always a surprise.
They would be working with a young girl who has come a long way from when we met her almost two years ago. She was rough and strong and difficult to manage with the dogs in the beginning. But through working with the Love Dogs she learned to be gentle and calm and relaxed.
But meeting a new dog we thought might spur some of her initial behaviors so caution was the word of the day. Protect your dog always.
Well today could not have gone any smoother. At first TT flailed her arms and reached out roughly for Max. But Scott did an exceptional job of blocking his dog. After a short while TT calmed down and started to laugh. It was fascinating to see her respond to a male volunteer. I think she was very intrigued with Scott, as well as his dog!
TT soon enjoyed watching Max lie down and turn belly up! She reached out to hug him and did so quite gently.
Then the magic! TT leaned in to give Max a kiss on his back.
Another very successful first visit with many more to follow.
Congratulations Scott and Max. You will be wonderful Love Dogs and make such a difference in so many lives.