Melissa goes lots of places with me. But this time it will be a little different. I will be driving her to the Crossings in Colonie, then handing her leash over to my friend Lessa. Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society is having their first annual Paws in the Park fund raising event on June 26th. Check the shelter's website for more information.....my computer skills are lacking and this program is not letting me post any website addresses...help! I will be busy evaluated dogs for the Canine Good Citizenship and Therapy Dogs International certification, so Lessa offered to walk Melissa.
It will be another new experience for Melissa. Sure she has gone to different places, seen different people and dogs; but this time I will not be with her. It will be a different experience, but all in preparation for Melissa taking her pet therapy test later this year. One of the sections on the test is a being separated from the owner and being with a friendly stranger for 3 minutes. She knows Lessa and turns herself inside out when she hears Lessa's voice. The big difference will be my absence.
But Melissa will have other familiar faces to walk with her. Sue and GSD puppy Tate as well as Debi, Keith and adult GSD Dylan will be joining her as they make their way around the mile and a half loop. I think Melissa will not even miss me. I'll keep you posted!