My name is Cathy and we have a 41/2 month old puppy named Finnegan (Finn). I have seen in several posts that your Finn is a reading dog for special needs kiddos. I know we have a long way to go with training but how did you go about that process. i ask because I am a speech/language therapist in a public school and would love to have Finn be a speech buddy at some point. I work in a rural Maine town with a low income population and I think it would be a beneficial interaction for my kiddos. I would love to hear any pointers/tips and how you present that to a school system (i.e. liability issues) to get started. Also is there a specific training program that you did? Your Finn is so handsome and must make many people happy!
I absolutely agree about Labradoodles being the best! My vet told us "you finally got a real dog" when we brought RILEY in the first time, and still jokes about it. I would love to do a doodle romp, so please keep me in the loop.
It looks like I missed your email. Pretty cool that you and Finn work one day a week in a class with kids with special needs
LiliBear would be great at this too as she is pretty amazing with kids and adults. She has a strong desire to connect with others and it seems to brighten their day.
We do have several different animal assisted therapies at our school which is a great development over the recent years. The school actually keeps me too busy to even entertain the idea of bringing her in... thanks for asking. We are fortunate to have such special doodle dogs in our lives. ~Leslie.
Finn's photo on the DK calendar is great. I am actually is a good place for Groucho Too and have not cried like I did over Hondo. I guess it helped knowing he was going to die and having some time for closure while he was still with us. I buried his created remains in our garden this week, but just can't bring myself to bury Hondo. These dogs definitely make a great impression in our lives.
Oh, I am doing a little happy dance! I found my old discussion about Ned's slab fracture. Hope it helps you form an opinion. I really took to heart Ricki's posts because Tara's vet is a dental specialist and had specific recommendations.
I thought we were friends also, but when I went to send you a message, you weren't on my list so I tried to friend you and it wouldn't let me. THEN. . . . my friend pictures showed up on my page but I lost them in the message area so I couldn't send messages anyway or reply to old ones! It also happened on the DRC site so obviously it was me. I had Karen (and Jack) send me a reply to an earlier message and Voila! I was able to reply to it and my address book reappeared. We did it with both sites and I am back to normal - well as normal as I get. I think what I did was clean my cache and cookies out and somehow it affected this site. I still don't have any way to edit or delete pictures on the DRC site, but oh well, that isn't earth shattering. Read only, hmmmmmm, that is really wieird. What if you change your personal settings or even re-save the same ones?
You are right, you have gremlins! I tried to friend you and it won't let me. WTD! Finn's fractured tooth seems to be just like Ned's. Our vet said most people wait until it actually begins bothering him or broke all the way etc. but we elected to have it pulled before any of that happened. I am not good at finding old discussions, but when Ned broke his tooth I posted a discussion and asked for advice. Mostly what I got, was what the human dentist posted in the discussion for Wally. You can repair a tooth but dogs put soooo much pressure on them when biting down, that most often repairs don't last. I don't know where some of the posters say that an extraction is worse than a root canal, because I can tell you from personal experience on my wisdom teeth and back molar, a root canal is lots more trouble, time consuming, and painful. For a human, well worth it, for a dog, not so much. I wish I could access my old discussion, but I am just not techie enough to find it. Anyway wanted to put in my two cents regarding the back molar. :-}
Thank you so much Cheryl for your thoughts and prayers! It means the world to me to have such wonderful friends and family help me through this :) I'm back at work, taking it slowly and feeling better each day.
Oh Cheryl, I would be so thrilled to meet you and Finnegan! I wish we could arrange an East Coast Doodle Meet Up....I'm thinking those from as far as Maine to say Virginia....some place in the middle. In any case, if you ever plan to visit New England please let me know....I'm sure we could find a place to meet up! The nice weather will be here before we know it! (I hope!)