Well, I finally managed to get some pictures on our nursing home visit today. Oh, and I am happy to report that Riley’s favorite resident, “Mrs. K” was still alive and well, she had just moved rooms and we missed her on the last visit. She was so happy to see us! And Riley was equally happy to see her. I got Mrs. K’s friend who was visiting to take a picture of Riley and I in her room.
Riley did great on her visit. One of the women that works there told us that Riley’s her favorite dog that comes to visit. Some people (I don’t know if they’re workers or just visitors) bring their little dogs to visit, but they aren’t therapy dogs. I think it’s nice that the people bring their dogs to share their joy. We’re the only official therapy dog team that visits the nursing home though. Riley got to showcase her tricks four different times. Everyone’s favorite is always Riley’s “Sit Pretty” trick where she sits up on her hind legs. It’s Riley’s favorite trick too…she automatically goes into her “Pretty” position whenever she senses I might have a treat for her. I felt good because two different people at two different times on the visit today told me how well Riley minded me. It’s always nice to get a compliment like that…much less two!
(Therapy Dogs International does not let you give your dog treats while you’re on a visit or let anyone else give your dog a treat on a visit. The exception is when you’re doing a demonstration of their tricks and commands they know.)
Anyway, enough blabbering and onto the pictures!