About 3 months ago, Luci was awarded her official Pet Partner’s Alliance badge, picture and number! This is quite an accomplishment for any dog. The organization has the highest standards possible and the dogs that qualify have to go through rigorous training and learn at least 25 commands that are performed before accredited judges. They must pass every one of the commands within a certain amount of time, one right after the other. It was quite a thrill and exciting when Luci reached this level and became certified.
We went through at least 7 levels of training, each one was based on obedience and attention to the owner. We are a team and I have to learn what she learns because I teach and train her continuously.
Another change has occurred with this PPA’s certification. We are members of Angel Paws in Waco, TX., and are involved in many local activities. We visit schools and the big thing now is “Be a Buddy not A Bully.” These programs are taught to Elementary/Middle School kids by qualified Angel Paws members. After the lesson(s) is presented on the how’s and why’s of “Bullying” there is a time for the kids to get on the floor with the dogs and pet them, love them, and interact with them. Angel Paws is an awesome non-profit organization that reaches facets of society that many people don’t know about. The leaders for Angel Paws are some of the most dedicated and loyal people I know for the cause of Pet Therapy and taking it with excellence to kids, families, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, hospices, public events, and much more than would not fit on this page!
Luci and I are affiliated with Providence Health Care Network and no longer members of PUPS-Hillcrest. There is a rule that we can’t be members of both. Another challenge that we are taking on is training for volunteering with Providence Hospice in the spring. This is an intensive training for the team. Hospice work is something that Luci and I like doing. She began going with me to visit a dear friend who was on hospice when Luci was only 8 months old. It came natural for her to want to lay down beside our friend and they formed a close bond. It was actually a spiritual experience and awakening for me that occurred when I realized that the human and animals spirits can be so in tune with each other that the animal can sense things that humans can’t. That’s another reason I would like to further our skills and gifts in hospice work.
We are members of Providence Health Care Network as volunteers and will be doing various things according to what is happening during the year. We are furnished jackets, vests, name tags, photo ID’s, etc. There is a strict code of dress and conduct to be a Providence Volunteer. We attend ongoing continuing education with the program and are given the same orientation as employees before accepted into the Volunteer Department.
I am proud and pleased for Luci and I to be a part of this wonderful group that provides many services that are greatly needed in our society today. Thank you for allowing us this privilege and honor.
Written by Sheri DeLoach
04 December 2013