Therapy with Sophie, Elvis and Asti

Dang, I just realized that I haven’t posted in over a month! While I really haven’t been doing any training with the Spins, I’ve been busy in other ways. I attended the memorial service for a friend I’ve known since first grade, spent a week in New Orleans at a training class and (almost) got my fill of seafood, and Elettra earned her Jr. Hunt title at the Spinone National Specialty by running an excellent test.

Asti's Compassion Trophy awarded to Elvis

Asti’s Compassion Trophy awarded to Elvis

And Asti came to spend the next year with us – Asti’s Compassion Trophy that is. The award is presented by the Spinone Club of America (SCOA) each year “In recognition of the Spinone demonstrating superior performance as a therapy dog”, and Elvis was awarded the trophy for 2015. What a nice accomplishment and recognition for all the therapy work he does.

Elvis begins his therapy visit at the state Veteran's Home

Elvis begins his therapy visit at the state Veteran’s Home

We missed our April therapy visits when I came down with the flu, but resumed this month with Elvis visiting the Idaho State Veteran’s Home and Sophie visiting the hospital’s rehabilitation center and an assisted living center.

At 13 1/2, Sophie is still excited to do her therapy visits

At 13 1/2, Sophie is still excited to do her therapy visits

Sophie is becoming more fragile with age and I’m not sure how much longer she will be able to do therapy work. She hurt her front leg a little just by jumping out of the car (a Prius that’s about 8 inches off the ground) but as long as she is so excited to make her therapy visits, it’s her job for life.

Sophie visiting the hospital's rehabilitation center

Sophie visiting the hospital’s rehabilitation center

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