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How to Become a Therapy Dog February 14, 2009

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Holly The Newf and the Tail Waggin Tutors Program

Holly The Newf and the Tail Waggin Tutors Program

I recently received an email from my new friend Roosevelt, a Newfoundland in TN.  He is interested in becoming a therapy dog and was wondering how to get started. I am a therapy dog registered through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). On the TDI Getting Started Page is information on the registration requirements, upcoming tests, and the testing requirements.  I had to take the TDI test which included a temperment evaluation, an evaluation of my behavior around people and other dogs, and the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC).  Each year you must renew your certification by filling out a health form and sending in a check for $30.  My human Kim and I can visit nursing homes, hospitals, and shelters. We developed several programs to tell adults and kids All About Newfoundlands and about responsible Dog Ownership .  One of my favorite programs is the Tail Waggin Tutors where children who are having difficulty learning to read use me as practice and they read out loud to me. There are other therapy dog programs in the United States including the Delta Society, and Angel on a Leash. I have a whole page on my web site devoted to information and resources on therapy dogs. I am always amazed how excited people are to meet me, pet me, and ask questions about me. Being a therapy dog is a great experience and is very worthwhile.

Parade of Newfs December 6, 2008

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Holly The Newf and her Christmas cart

Holly The Newf and her Christmas cart

Saturday morning my family and I participated in the Williamsburg Christmas Parade with The Colonial Newfoundland Club. What great fun! This was my first parade and I had a very good time. All my dog friends and I had our carts to pull, which were decorated for the holidays. My cart was brand new. Jim finished it for me the night before the parade. This was my first opportunity to pull it. The kids wrapped boxes to look like Christmas presents to decorate my cart. I got so excited about the whole thing that I pooped right in front of the review stand. Whoopsie! Jim cleaned it up for me. (Wouldn’t want to make the group look bad!) Kim said I did a very good job since I’m still new to carting and draft work. The kids had a great time giving out candy to people along the parade route. We marched through the center of Colonial Williamsburg. There were thousands of people who turned out to watch us. After the parade I got to meet many new people and children who wanted to pet me and find out more about Newfoundlands. I really enjoyed myself and we all look forward to going again next year. Be sure to watch the video that we made at the parade.

Thanksgiving means food, family and fun November 27, 2008

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Holly The Newf and Mr. Kitten Britches

Holly The Newf and Mr. Kitten Britches

Whew! I am exhausted. Thanksgiving was a whole lot of fun for me and my new kitten, Mr. Kitten Britches. We were very excited to see all the human people that came for Thanksgiving dinner and even more excited to see Jenn’s dogs Royal, Bernie and Big Sandy, the Australian Shepherds. The dogs and I ran around the back yard and wore ourselves out. Then a bunch of us went on a very nice walk on the Allegheny Highlands Trail, which is a great scenic walking and biking trail. After all that wonderful exercise, we were allowed in the house where Kim said we behaved very well. All the humans seemed to have a good time and Kim seems less stressed now. Well, it’s time for me to catch up on some sleep now. Happy Thanksgiving to All!

I’m a working dog now! November 10, 2008

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Holly's First Try at Carting

Kim took me to a draft and carting workshop on Saturday so that I could learn how to pull a cart. I got to visit with a bunch of other Newfoundlands. I was amazed to learn that all the other Newfs like to work at jobs like I do. Kim says Newfoundlands are a working breed dog and we need to work. Sometimes I get bored when I don’t have enough to do, so Kim thought that we would have fun carting. She was so right. I got to try on a draft harness. Kim said it was a bit confusing figuring out how to get it on, but she’ll get the hang of it. The instructor, Dwight, suggested I try pulling flag poles in my harness to get the feel of things. I didn’t mind the poles at all, so we decided to try the cart. Kim helped me attach the cart to my harness. It felt great so I just started pulling it. I pulled it all over the park. I loved it! I didn’t want to stop. Kim said that we could get our cart and harness. I would really like that. She said the Colonial Newfoundland Club is participating in the Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Parade in Williamsburg, VA, on December 6th with a carting group. Kim said she thinks we can go. I can’t wait!

To learn more about carting and draft work for Newfoundlands and working breed dogs, visit the Draft Dog section of the Colonial Newfoundland Club’s web site and The Newfoundland Club of America’s Draft Dog page.

Outer Banks..here I come! September 10, 2008

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holly_royal_outer_banks_092008This week is our annual family beach trip. I look forward to this trip all year! All the members of our family come for a week at the Outer Banks (including seven adults, two kids, and five dogs). It’s a great chance for me to play with my best friend, Royal, the Australian Shepherd puppy and spend time with my family. Royal is very playful and really likes to romp with me. The other dogs think I’m a bit too big, but not Royal. We  like to race around the family room in the morning.  When we get too frisky  Kim and Jenn separate us. Once the kids get up, we get to walk down to the beach to go swimming.

Being a Newfoundland, I love the water more than anything. Kim brought my favorite water toy, the Wubba. She probably threw that Wubba a hundred times this week. I play fetch while the kids swim in tholly_outer_banks2_092008he ocean. Even when I’m playing, I’m always on the lookout for the safety of my kids when they’re in the water. I usually stay pretty close to them to make sure they are safe. After a few hours at the beach, I’m ready for a nap. It’s been great to get away to the Outer Banks.