Ziggy is my office mate at my new job. She is responsible for office morale and tries to make everyone smile and not take themselves too seriously.
Ziggy and I are halfway through a therapy dog training course, but Ziggy is mostly showing off by being so calm. She’s a peach.
I can hardly believe Ziggy will be three in January. Harder still to get my mind around the likelihood that there are possibly 60 more fairhill farm poodles introduced to the world since Ziggy was born!
Congratulations on moving to your new location. I hope you and the poodles are happy and thriving at Poodle Point!
Tex has settled in very well and is growing like a weed….his paws are huge, so much for him being the smallest puppy of the litter! He and Kali are becoming great buddies and spend lots of time playing in the garden….my hosta beds are their favourite spot. Tex and Lucie, our African Grey parrot, have also met several times when the parrot decides she is going to walk through the kitchen. The animal kingdom is getting along fine!
Keira Rose and I had the honour of going to Fredericton for The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem Priory of Canada St. John Council for New Brunswick Annual Awards Ceremony. The chair’s commendation is presented to individuals who have performed an exemplary deed or activity in the pursuit of the objectives of St. John and it was awarded to us for outstanding commitment to the growth and sustainability of the Therapy Dog Program in New Brunswick. It came as a complete surprise!
The Therapy Dog Program has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Keira Rose and I are looking forward to a lot more years to come.
Keira Rose and I are learning agility. We have joined a doggie gym just for fun. It is a great way to stimulate her mentally and physically. We have so much ice in St. John our activity is limited outdoors. Like most poodles, Keira Rose is a smart cookie and picks up on things easily.
Winter is Phinny’s favorite season. He loves the snow, the cold weather, and of course his Frisbee. We let his coat grow a bit more in the winter. He is a wonderful boy and brings much joy to our family.
Therapy Dogs bring so much joy and love to people who are no longer able to have pets in their lives. This is why I love what we do so much. It means the world to the patients and their families. We share stories about us and they have stories to share about them.
Keira Rose has the perfect personality/disposition for Therapy Dog work. She seems to just go in, assess the situation and do what needs to be done for each patient. She cuddles on beds with some, on couches with some, and sits with some. It is remarkable to watch the transformation of people when they get a visit from her; very rewarding for all involved.
This week marks Phinny’s fifth birthday. He is an absolute joy and such an important part of our family. Here is a recent picture of him walking on the trail. He lives for his twice daily walks and there is often ball throwing involved for added fun.