Ok people, when we hear the word “test”, don’t we all get just a little bit nervous?
Well, let me tell you about my Canine Good Citizen test. First of all, my mom didn’t even tell me what was going on; all she said is that we are going on a field trip. Field trips are always fun and usually involve Max, but he wasn’t with us that day. We go to this place where there are a bunch of animals, not just dogs and cats. I saw my first llama! I have to admit, I was a little startled – they are really big! I am now completely confused. What is going on? Why are we at this place? I soon learn that we are at the Helen Woodward Animal Center and I am being tested to become a therapy dog. Well that sounds serious! I don’t even know what a therapy dog does. Am I going to get a massage?
We enter the pet therapy building and are immediately greeted by a very nice lady. She pets me, hugs me, pulls at my jowls and tickles my feet. I decide to lie down so she can have easy access to my belly. She begins to rub my belly and I love it. This field trip is starting out great! Next, she makes some loud noises and rambles around with some crutches and other noisy stuff. I can’t figure out why she is doing this, so I just watch her act silly. No problem so far! The lady then makes me walk around the room and pass up some dog treats. Yes, I was curious about the treats but I was more interested in having her hug and pet me again. After I passed up on the treats, she gave me a big hug and said I passed the test. Test? What test? I thought we were just playing! If being a therapy dog consists of having my belly rubbed, getting hugs and making people smile, then I am going to be the best therapy dog ever! I don’t know why Max is too afraid to even try out for this job. It is a piece of cake! I am going to love being a therapy dog! I can’t wait for my first official visit.