Tag Archives: Therapy Pets

Last Picture Taken Sunday

Reading Velcro's Blog.

Here is Ruger checking up on his favourite blog!! This is his California friend Velcro.  She’s a pretty cute Red Heeler.

PB took this photo over my shoulder. You can see a whole bunch of other stuff in the photo too. Neve curled up at the other end of the couch. The other computer which PB was on checking out the Trade Me  forums (kind of Kiwi version of eBay), by the looks of things. The painting on the wall is by a friend of PB’s uncle, and is a street from my home town. It was a wedding gift from PB’s Mum.  You can see some of my postcards in the postcard holder thingie that PB & I designed (yes Erika – we are going to make another one soon, take photos, and blog – I haven’t forgotten!!)

 To find out more about Last Picture Taken Sunday, check out Tracy’s Topics!


SPCA Fun Day

On Sunday we had another busy day! Even the dogs had a busy day – although Ruger’s busy day only lasted about half an hour.

We were up early again to help set up for the Fun Day. Ruger & Neve came with us, but as soon as some of the other helpers and their dogs started arriving, he started misbehaving.  Silly boy.   He had been OK for a bit chewing on his Frisbee, but then after a while none of us appreciated getting deafened by barking. So home he went.

So we assembled the gazebos for the food & raffle tables to go under, put up a banner, organised chairs & tables and generally made the dog park look presentable. Before we knew it a couple of hours had passed and it was time to open for the public.

Pretty soon, people started to arrive and enrol for the fun events. We had very serious competition in some events – such as:  The Best Dressed Puppy & Dog, Best Vertical Shagpile, Best Splotches, Dog & Owner Lookalike and the Sausage Retrieve.

There was the usual number of run-aways, and dogs who embarrassed themselves & their owners by peeing as soon as they got in the ring (not to mention any names starting with ‘N’!)  The Sausage Retrieve turned into the Sausage Devour for most competitors, but the SPCA Dog Manager and her new young dog came up trumps because Phoebe brought MOST of her sausage back, so she won the prize for that one.

The ‘registration’ pack had some treats, a can of dog food, and some coupons.

There were ‘spot’ prizes for lots of different things too.

“Spot” – the therapy pet model dog.

All the ‘smoothies’ parading around the ring.

Next to us is Cujo the St Bernard! Behind us is the building site for the new SPCA Centre.

“Just give me the darn treat, Mum!”

Taking a break in the paddling pool.

“Ain’t I just the cutest?”

Puppies ready for adoption.

Ready to go on the obstacle course.

Neve was entered in:  Best Smoothie, Best Splotches and the Obstacle Course.  She didn’t get any prizes, but we thought she was a winner anyway!!

And we thought we were on to a winner, because she was so tired that she just slept for the rest of the day!  She lay on the couch, snoring loudly. 

And if I was clever enough – there’d be a video of a snoring Neve here – perhaps tomorrow …….


And as for Ruger – well, everyone needs a friend to cuddle with when they are feeling all alone  

(Even if it’s a Frisbee……)

Ruger & his best friend

Neve, the Outreach Therapy Pet

…. 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.

future therapy pet

Future Therapy Pet practicing her smile.

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!!!    🙂