Note from Dr. Liz here: While I knew that Abby and I'm weren't 100% ready to be certified as a therapy team, I didn't realize how far from ready we actually were. Abby and I have spent a fair amount of time working on 'basic skills' at Home Depot, and that has been going pretty well. However, the evaluation was at a local rehab/assisted living facility, and as soon as we walked in the door, I knew we were definitely not ready. Abby was sniffing at everything, and far more interested in the therapy dog volunteer, the residents in the hallways and nurse with her cart of stuff than in paying attention to me. When we went into the room for the evaluation, it took me a few minutes to get Abby calmed down enough to actually start the evaluation. And on the first 'skill' where Abby was supposed to remain sitting at my side while the evaluator approached us, Abby sat for about 5 seconds and immediately approached the evaluator. Which deemed us 'not ready'.
However, they did let us do some of the other skills (getting brushed, accepting treats, and getting pet by a stranger). We did okay on the brushing, Abby was a start at accepting treats (duh.... this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows her!) and she was a STAR at getting pet by a stranger (Abby would be happy to accept pets from Jack the Ripper...). Abby has this amazing ability to make anyone who is giving her pets and scratchies feel like they are The Best Scratchie Giver EVER. She LOVES getting attention from people. Which was probably her only saving grace in the evaluation, as the team evaluating us had to agree that she definitely had "it". We just need to work a whole lot more on the skills - which, luckily, is trainable; apparently the "You Are the Best Scratchie Giver EVER" attitude is something you either have or you don't. Which could be the only reason the evaluation team didn't ask me if I had considered getting a therapy guinea pig instead! We have a lot of work ahead of us, but at least now I've got a sense of the intensity of the evaluation - I just have to figure out how to train Abby to not get stressed in intense situations like that. And the training is fun bonding time for us, so we'll keep focusing on the process.
All of which means that I get to spend peaceful quality time with Dad while Mom and Abby learn how to sit and walk sedately.
In other excitement, Abby and I went to the groomer (aka "The Hair Stealers") this week. Mom has decided that while she will groom us herself most of the time, it's a good idea to have a professional do it a couple of times a year so she remembers what we are supposed to look like.
And here we are. Nekkid!
|Hi! We're nekkid!|
|Pre-haircut frisbee antics|
|Nice almost-catch! No wonder she's 'not ready'! Heehee!|
|See how I levitate when I'm nekkid?|
|Dual frisbee antics!|
|More dual frisbee antics!|
|I run like the wind when I'm nekkid!|
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus