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My Favorite Little Girl!

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We live right next to Hooved Animal Human Society. It’s a non profit organization that rehabilitates abused and rescued horses. So, they had a fund raiser one day and we decided it would be a fun thing to bring Jaden to! Jaden is our WONDERFUL little grandson! So, he loved it and we had a great time. So, we had one more place to look….let’s go in the barn and see what’s going on! In we walked and we see Collie Rescue!

I couldn’t believe my eyes, I saw the most beautiful collie ever! The year before we camped next to a couple who had two beautiful tri-color collies, and before that, it had been years since I saw one. Growing up, the farmer next to our family had a collie for a pet, and of course there were Lassie memories. Well, I fell in love with that beautiful collie! We had been talking about getting a dog, and what nicer way than one that needs a home! So, we filled out adoption papers and went home to see if they would indeed have one for us!

So we went home and talked a bit about bringing a dog into our family again. Mike of course tried to reason with me, although it was his initial thought that I needed a dog to keep me company when the nights were lonely and I was alone! He made sure to remind me it was all the things I didn’t want, a big dog and hair to name a couple of thoughts! Of course I immediately dismissed the practical side of those reasons and immediately justified it with the comment, but it’s Lassie!

Well, a short time after that, we were visiting the foster home that Savannah was staying at until she had a permanent home to go to. She was super quiet and of course just beautiful and we thought she liked us! The next step, we had to pass a home inspection and her foster parents had to approve of our home and her environment she’d be living in! So, a couple weeks later, in came Savannah to visit. We were all ready for her, new dishes and beds and so curious to see how she would be! Our shy little girl liked her new home! We couldn’t officially adopt her for one month, just to make sure she was a good fit in our family!

Instantly I knew I was blessed with a little angel dog! She followed me everywhere! Sat by my side, slept on my side of the bed and oh, she gave me so much love! I told Mike that I felt like an angel brought her to me, I couldn’t believe how sweet she was. I knew she could make anyone feel better!

Mike came home one day with a clip out of the newspaper. A hospital about an hour from our home wanted to bring a new type of therapy to their hospital…an Animal Assisted Therapy program. The Team would be the animal and their trainer. The team would go room to room to visit the patients. So, immediately I knew that Savannah was the right candidate!

The inspection and qualifications of the team were pretty tough! To be awarded this position in the hospital required strict training and certification. The first group had over 45 applicants, and out of all those interested, 14 of us were approved and awarded this honorable position.

The program is a success and now dogs visit patients on every floor. I immensely enjoyed the time that Savannah and I were a team there!

There are many books available on the subject! I couldn’t get my hands on enough reading material! A nice subject to read about!

I wish that  you could visit with my girl in person! We just love her!

Love and Peace

Linda

 

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