Sunday, April 25, 2010

We passed!

Yesterday, Kendall and I took the Delta Society Pet Partner test, and we passed with flying colors! Kendall was so good throughout the entire test. She didn't jump up on anyone, which was our problem the first time we tested in February. The test consists of a skills portion and then an aptitude portion. She gave a couple of kisses, which they seemed to allow, but no lunging.

We scored a complex environment rating, which means that we can visit just about anywhere as a pet partner therapy team. Now, we just have to take care of the paperwork, and we'll be able start visiting. I don't know where we'll fit in, but I'm looking forward to the new adventure.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

NW Companion Pet Fair

Today was a fun-filled day. We spent the morning at the NW Companion Pet Fair at the Expo Center in Portland. Kendall wore her "Therapy Dog in Training" vest because I wanted as many people as possible to greet her. We've been working really hard on getting her not to jump on people who fawn over her. Her Delta Society evaluation is next Saturday, so the more people she could meet, the better.

She had a chance to try out some agility. She'll never be an agility dog, but she had fun.

There were lots of dogs there. You could bring your well-behaved dog with you, if you gave them a donation.
Here she's actually paying attention to me.

I don't usually like her to meet other dogs nose to nose, but this pug didn't look threatening at all.
Kendall didn't really know what to make of this stuffed dog. He didn't smell right.
We wrapped up the day by going to the Island Cafe, a floating restaurant that plays island music. This time last year we were in the Florida Keys. It wasn't quite the same, but we had a great lunch. Oh, they're dog friendly.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pheasant on the Deck

Kendall's favorite toy is this plush bird that makes sort of a croaking noise when you squeeze it. It's looking a little worse for the wear right now. It's funny to watch the birding instincts kick in even if it is a plush bird.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Random Spring Pictures

Here are some random spring photos I found on my camera. The sun came out a little bit this week. The leaves are filling in on the little Japanese maple tree and the apple tree (I think that's what it is) is blooming.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Bunny

I tried to get a cute photo of Kendall wearing the bunny ears but she wanted nothing to do with those ears.
This is her best "mean" look.
"How much longer do I hafta wear these ears," she whined.
This was the big payoff. We gave her the ham bone just long enough to get the extra meat off of it. We cooked an uncured ham, so it wasn't really salty. She had a great time with it but was sure we took it away way too soon.