Photobucket Photobucket Therapy dogs spread happiness, love, and cheer to people who otherwise might be lonely, sad or slow to heal. This is the journey of Cayman, a longhair miniature dachshund and his journey and experiences visiting becoming a therapy dog.

Did you know that pet visits often spark good memories of a person's own pets? Dogs often can reach people and children who have withdrawn from the world. It's been suggested by science that petting a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote healing.



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Monday, September 1, 2008

Cayman's First Beach Trip

I have always wanted a little beach buddy of a dog and when I got Cayman, I had big dreams of him being that perfect beach dog-one that would not be afraid of the water, dig in the sand, and chase our daughter down the beach. That's another reason he got the name the Cayman Islands- the perfect name for the perfect beach dog. Well, Cayman has proved once again that he is everything I have always wanted in a dog. He's loyal, intelligent, lovable and is now my official beach buddy.

He loved it! As soon as his feet hit the beach he was running around chasing bits of sea grass that had washed up in the past storms, digging in the soft sand, and even wading into the water chasing mangrove seedlings and leaves. It was awesome! And when he wasn't out playing, he was happily snoozing under our beach canopy in a hole he dug himself.

The only incident we had was when Shaylee, our beautiful but very stubborn 2 year old, was told to stay away from the sand spur bushes, she continued to walk closer and closer and of course, Cayman followed. Nils, my husband, my mom and I wrestled with a wet and sandy Cayman to remove about eight sandspurs from his front paws. Poor baby! He did learn his lesson though and stayed far away from all the bushes and sea oat plants after that!

I can't wait for the next nice weather day where we can all go boating again and bring along our new little beach buddy.

1 comment:

Neabear said...

You got some great shots of Cayman there. Looks like he was having a blast. I like the innocent looking ones with the sand on his nose. And the one in his hole. That is so cute. I am glad you had a fun day.