Sunday, September 28, 2008

Splash Finds Her Forever Home

Note: Gayle fosters Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. This is the story of one of them.

To everyone who met Splash: I wanted to let everyone know that my foster girl Splash has been adopted. Chelsea and I had the pleasure of her company for 4-1/2 months. Splash is one of the most loving chessies I have ever met.

For those who may have forgotten, we got Splash into Chessie Rescue because she had seizures. The family that adopted her has two little girls ages 5 and 8 and are from Virginia Beach. They put in an application in August and I contacted them to discuss Splash. I thought this was going to be another family wanting to help a special-needs dog but had not thought of all that involves. To my surprise the family was very familiar with dogs that have seizures. Both the husband's and wife's parents have dogs with seizure disorders. Both children have seen the dogs have seizures and just want the dogs to feel better. The are not afraid of the seizures at all.

The husband had been looking on the internet for a dog and had looked at over 100 dogs until he saw Splash. He called his wife in and said "I have found our dog". They had been thinking about getting a dog for two years. My first phone conversation and the home visit that was done was very extensive and we decided that this sounded like the right home for Splash. The whole family drove from Virginia Beach to meet Splash. They stayed for almost two hours, getting to know her and letting her get to know them. Splash fell in love with the girls and only started coming back to my side towards the end of the visit. When they started loading up her things to leave Splash was right with them and jumped into their vehicle without a backward glance to old mom :). She has done well so far with her new family and they love her so much already. They even have the next door neighbor coming over at lunch time to let her out to go potty and run around for about 15-20 minutes. They are going to keep me updated and will also send pictures. I so love the happy endings with these wonderful dogs that have come into my life through rescue. Gayle

Chelsea (left) and Splash

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Therapy Dog Workshop

The Richmond SPCA is holding a workshop in October for folks who want to learn more about therapy dog work. Day 2 is a mock evaluation by a Delta Society evaluator. For more information, click here. Reservations are required.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cover Dog Contest

I'm looking for a cover dog for my 2009 doggy calendar. You must be a current or former student of mine to submit a photo of your dog. The photo must be digital, landscape, and high resolution (i.e., no pictures taken with cell phones). Voting will be open to the public (you, your friends, coworkers, families, etc.) in October. One entry per dog. Individual dogs only (no group shots). Deadline for submission is October 10. Voting will begin shortly thereafter. Winner will be announced the last week of October. Calendars will be available for purchase in November. Send photos to

To view a sample calendar click here.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pedigree Recall

Pedigree has voluntarily recalled several brands of dry dog and cat food they produce as a result of two cases possibly linked to their pet food. For more details, go to

Monday, September 15, 2008

New Web Site

After being asked once too often for my web address and not having one ... I do now! It's up and running, and as I continue to build it, look to it for training information, news, events, and lots of great doggy pictures. Find it at

Canine Companions for Independence

CCI is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Volunteer puppy raisers provide these specially bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love. And this is where I come in. I feel blessed indeed to be able to provide the required obedience classes for CCI puppy raisers in the Richmond area.

Learn all about the organization and consider being a puppy raiser yourself on CCI's website.