Session IV now in progress. On the "new" canine flu issue; it seems to be under control, with no fresh outbreaks of which we are aware. However, for the safety of your dogs, we urge that you have them vaccinated before taking classes with us. The vaccine is given in a series of two shots (to start) in a two week period. Upcoming events: Indoor Show 'n' Goes in our climate controled building, on 8/26, door opens at 7:30 am (see S'n'Go info on website). Nosework Seminars 9/9/17, attendance forms w/payment must be reach Diane by 8/26. New type of classes starting soon – AKC Trick Classes!

“We Passed!” Happy Therapy Teams Evaluated

 

 

 

 

“Potential Therapy Teams Wanted!!!  Please contact us…. ”  well, we asked and you answered and we are now very proud that we have 11 new therapy Teams in progress!!!  Recently, ADTC sponsored, as a public service, a day of training and evaluation of potential therapy dogs, under the guidelines of Therapy DogInc.   Website:  http://www.therapydogs.com/

Our Therapy Program is currently undergoing growing pains, as our long time Therapy Guru, Kay Rodgers, has retired from the job of Evaluation and Mentoring new Teams.  Kay, you are a rare gem and we are thankful to you for your many years of service!  You have started many the team on their way toward sharing their love and joy with others.

In the image above, Kay Rodgers, ADTC’s Therapy Director and Tester/Observer for TDInc. presented a thorough ‘learning session’, as well as an opportunity for each interested Team to be evaluated and to sign up for individual supervised therapy visits (three supervised visited required, within six months of testing, to be eligible to be registered).  Besides our wonderful Teams, we were honored to have Tamekia Young, who has made her Senior Project on Therapy Dogs, Star News Reporter: Chris Mudarri and a Staff Photographer (please watch your local paper for an article on ADTC’s Therapy Dog Program, in mid October). In the above picture, from L to R:  behind/on Dogwalk: Lisa Steinkamp & Marty (Shih Tzu), Janet Doxey & Hazel (Corgi), Barbara Bray & Niki (Papillion) & Beacon (Sheltie).  On floor: Lila McDowell & Tucker (Lab), Evaluator Kay Rodgers & Mick (Golden Retriever, team partner Marny photographer), Wendy Yandow & Whoopi & Lucy (Cockers), Shannon Cain & Ollie (Golden Doodle), Cynthia Mackie & Walker (All American), Tamekia & Glory (Golden Retriever – supervising Certified Therapy Dog), down in front:  Dave Moore & Pepper (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever).  Andrea Kelly & Noah (Bichon) not pictured.   Therapy Dogs Inc. Goal!  “It is a goal of Therapy Dogs Inc. to provide registration, support, and insurance for members who are involved in volunteer animal assisted activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes. Our objective is to form a network of caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike.”

Effective Fall 2015, our new Therapy Dog Evaluator is the lovely Margi Baldwin Moore.  She had two sets of teams, with 6 teams qualifying and 3 teams asked to come back and try again soon.  All the dogs were outgoing and very sweet, with the 3 teams asked to come back just needing a bit more practice. 

Margi Baldwin Moore, APDT Member #77711, Florence, SC

Pawmetto Pack Flyball Team Love Me, Love My Dog Training TDI Evaluator #940

AKC CGC Evaluator #23581

Rochars Ritzy Rolls Royce (Bentley) IRON DOG, ONYX, MBDCh-G, BN, RE, CGC, TDIAOV #113377 Artep

Mr Personality (Bug) RN, CAA, CGC, FDCh-S, TDIA #142903

Artep Hansel (Andy) RN, CA, CGC, FDCh-G

Waiting at the Bridge:

Missy-The Rescue Dalmatian (1998-1/27/2014)

MM’s I’m a Lil’ Sweet Pea (7/18/1999-12/26/2013) RN, ThD, CGC, TDIRVA #043892

Garlin’s Carolina Milka Way (5/10/1999-12/2/2013) NA, OAP, NAJ, OJP, NAC

Abraham’s Krystal Lola (12/23/1997-11/5/2013) CGC, LDX (Lap Dog Excellent)

Huan’s Autumn Darci (9/16/1992-11/3/2006) CD, CGC, TDI #013587

“The real joy is in the privilege and ability to step to the start line with your dog by your side, not in the crossing of the finish line victorious over others.” -Gail Storm

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