…. at least, Neve has passed her first assessment towards becoming a therapy pet.
This is a programme that has been operating in our largest city, Auckland, for some time now. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of our little rural town is hoping that we are going to be the second place in New Zealand that has this programme. It seems that the rest homes are keen to have pet visits, and one school is keen to have children take part in the ‘Read to a Pet’ programme.
So Neve had a great time at her assessment this afternoon, and smiled and wagged happily through having her tail pulled and ears mussed and wheelchairs run at her, umbrellas opened, people crowding her, meeting strange dogs and people and other such indignities. She failed dismally at ‘not -eating -the –bowl-of –food- randomly-lying -on -the -floor’ when off lead, but everyone’s allowed one failure. (I guess we will have to work on that one a little more!!!!)
Next I have to do some training and pass a police check, we have another assessment within an establishment like a school or rest home, and then if it all works out, she’ll get her own little Therapy Pet bandana, and we’ll be able to start doing regular visiting in whatever establishment we get matched with. We’re looking forward to it!
Link for more information about Outreach Therapy Pets.
Video of some of the Auckland Outreach Therapy Pets. I suggest you turn the music off…….. remember, you have been warned!!! 🙂