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Scar the therapy dog

June 20th, 2004, 04:27 PM
Licensed Practical NoogiestsA Day in the Life

A Day in the Life
Basket Case: Love dog on patrol
By Scar Too

It was going to be a good day. Mom was getting out the baskets, a big one for her and a smaller one for me. Basket day means I get to go for a car ride, see lots of humans, give lots of kisses, and get lots of treats. I can hardly wait! I knew when I got a bath, my toenails filed and my teeth brushed this morning that something was going to happen. First Mom has to fill those baskets with flowers and people treats and I know she will fill her pockets with treats for me.

Then we will load in the car and drive to a place she calls a nursing home. Here we are and there are some of my friends on wheels. They are at the front door to see me carry my basket to them. Mom grabs the basket just before I drop it on the floor 'cause I am in a hurry to wiggle and kiss all those paws reaching out to me. Hey, I got this group trained. Keep your paw in your lap if you don't want a kiss.

Mom hands out flowers and candy and then puts a couple treats for me in a few paws. She makes them make me do something really simple like down or sit. They clap and laugh and think I am the smartest dog in the world. OK, I am carrying my basket and moving on. I have about 40 rooms I visit here.

In one room is a human who can only do a down in the bed. He can’t see me because he can’t lift his head. He always calls to me and the lady in white puts his cage door down so I can step on the bottom rail and reach up to give him a kiss. It makes him smile. He always asks me to come back as I grab my basket and head for the next door.

The lady in white (Mom says she is a nurse) first goes into the room to see if the human inside wants company. At one door a human says she is too sick for company. Humph, I stick my head around the door because I haven’t seen this human before. “Oh,” she says, “a dog. You didn’t tell me it was a dog.” So in I go with my basket and she pets and hugs on me for a long time. Mom gives her a treat and she hides it in her paw so I have to lick and lick to get to it. She is laughing and talking to Mom. She tries to get me to get in bed with her and Mom gives me that look that means I will have to do a down-stay in a corner if I get in a bed. But, bow-wow, I don’t think that lady is sick anymore. We have walked two hallways and Mom has had to refill my basket a couple times.My tummy is getting full. My mouth is getting tired so Mom carries the basket part of the time for me. There are two more of my friends. They are on wheels but can’t move. Mom puts a tennis ball in each of their paws and they can't toss it but they take turns dropping the ball. It bounces on the floor and I go get it and take it back to their paw. Their paws don’t work right because they can’t pet me, but they always smile. I kiss them anyway.

I am really getting tired now. I am about wiggled out. I carry my basket back to the front door and all the people on wheels surround us. Mom always stands behind me to watch my tail and to be sure I don’t get rolled on but I am not afraid. I give more kisses and get more pats and finally she has cleared a path to the door. I am so tired I sleep all the way home.

Mom says these humans don’t care if I am big and ugly instead of little and fluffy. They don’t even care that I am an American pit bull terrier! They like me anyway. It was a good day.

Scar Too* is a multi-titled UKC bred APBT who works and lives in Arkansas with Lynn James.

What a handsome boy he is...

Just wanted to share this...... :)

June 20th, 2004, 05:06 PM
This post really made my day! Thanks for sharing a page out of your diary! :D And, of course, the pix!!! :D :D Again, wish they were video . . . . . :p

June 20th, 2004, 05:22 PM
snif, well that made me cry, what a spunk. and a good breed for it too, what better way to raise the reputation, yay, love good stories, thanks :D

June 20th, 2004, 05:37 PM
This is the TRUE meaning of the breed....Loving and Loyal.

It's just so sad that they are getting into the wrong hands.

But I couldn't resist sharing it with all of you.

And he is just gorgeous..... ;)

Lucky Rescue
June 20th, 2004, 06:32 PM
Awww, thanks for that Mona! It's just beautiful, and I can't wait to share it with the people on my pit bull board!!:)

June 20th, 2004, 06:36 PM

I thought you would like it.... ;)

June 20th, 2004, 06:54 PM
Awww, he sounds like a great therapy dog. This is what I want to do with my dog someday. :)

Lucky Rescue
June 21st, 2004, 08:07 PM
Everyone LOVED it, Mona. Thanks again for this!!:)

June 21st, 2004, 10:43 PM
YVW LR.......... :)

June 24th, 2004, 12:56 AM
Mona, that was a beautiful story. I loved it. I've just begun pasting the link to my friends on msn. Two of them have already read it and said it brough tears to their eyes. Thanks. Reading that was a great way to end my day :)