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 Dogs often can reach people and children who have withdrawn from the world.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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Saturday, April 4, 2009

I'mmmm Baaackkkk- With Great News!

Wow- can you believe its been four months since I last blogged here?! I guess family life and work gets in the way so here is an update:

1. Cayman completed his Basic Dog Obedience Training thru the Dog Obedience Club of Lee County on February 11. He was issued not only a certificate of completion but also a 2nd place ribbon which he was awarded for being the 2nd most improved dog in the class! Both were framed and we are please to display them next to his Petco Puppy Education completion certificate.

2. Cayman is definitely growing into one handsome boy. He has gotten gorgeous plumage (not really sure what else to call it) on his tail so when his tail is held high, its a beautiful flag of long gorgeous fur.

3. Cayman completed a Canine Good Citizen test today and was awarded certification. He is now CGC Certified!!!!!! I am eager to get my certificate and have it framed to add to his awards. I might even go a step up and order the rosette/ribbon too!

Other than that, the training has been less intense as has the therapy visits. I am enrolling in school myself-I registered at Edison State College to go for an Associates in Business Management so if it had to come between education for myself to advance in my career or continuing education for my dog; sorry but momma's got put food on the table so that means I come first in schooling.

I do continue to want to work with him to pursue Rally and furthering his obedience training but for now, Cayman is just another fur-baby, content in being loved and adored my his family. So those that have been missing hearing about him, hopefully I can be a better blogger and keep his site current. So that's that! We're happy to be back in the blog-o-sphere!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thanks to all that sent e-cards and holiday greeting cards for this years DWB Card exchange. I suppose I was not prepared for the overwelming number to hit my email and mail box! It would take hours to post everyone I received! So one great big thank you to everyone, posted and unposted, that particated!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wow, They Start to Pile Up Don't They?!

The cards and e-cards continue....

Thanks to the following:

Asta from NY of sent this one:
Kismet the dachshund of sent an animated video you can see by clicking here

George of MI at sent this:
Jack and Abby of Washington at sent this one:
Quincy of Canada at sent this:
Kingsley and Robin from the Netherlands of sent this one:
And another dachshund, Ruby the mini dachshund in Canada of sent this:
Bailey, Baxter, Brody, and Benson of WA sent a really cute animated e-card that you can see by clicking here

And those are just the more recent e-cards! I still got a bunch of snail-mail greetings too from:

Murphey and Reilly of TX at

Ong Bee Bee of Singapore at

Mango, Ximui and Chubs of TX at

Arabella of MN at

and from Sophie, Dixie, and Harley of IN at


Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Very Full Email Box

Just when I thought I cleared out my mailbox of all the wonderful snail mail holiday cards, I found my email box was just as full!

Thanks go to:

Comet and BLU of AZ at

Noah, Willow, Tess, and Lucy from Australia at
And Dobby of NC sent us one. You can visit him at
And one from Fred of TX at
And a very interesting one from the Phillippines from Sweepy and friends of

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A Christmas Story by Sweepy

Once upon a Time . . . in a land, far far away . . . lived two Hounds

who met on the night of the full moon and vowed their undying love to each other . . .

They were inseparable and lived quietly and contentedly together. . .

In a short time, the female hound found herself pregnant and her mate became protective of her . . .

However, they lived in a land ruled by people. And the ruler of this land is a cruel King who hates animals.

The King saw a lot of dogs running around the land so the King gave an order for all puppies to be killed,

and for all dogs NOT to mate so there won’t be any more puppies!

“Ha! That should STOP the spread of their kind!” the King laughed.

The poor dogs cried and quietly slipped out of this land before they can be found

and wandered on a moonless night out in the wild. . . . .

The Hounds joined the wild exodus to escape and deliver their first puppy in an unknown and possibly dangerous land.

In the wild, the Hounds were met by many animals like them who have escaped the wrath of the King.

There was a big exodus of animals and there was no place for the Hounds in the noisy and unfamiliar wilderness.

But the female Hound was about to give birth so the male Hound looked to the skies in prayer and found a Star!

The Star seemed to speak to the male Hound and guided their path to an old house where a Lady met them

and gave them shelter. Seeing that the female Hound was pregnant, the Lady made a comfortable bed

for the Hounds in her small house and like the male Hound looked to the sky for prayers.

Hearing the prayers from the land below, the lone Star in the sky became bright and its light focused

on the female Hound who gave birth to a single puppy!

The light helped the female Hound to have a painless delivery! It also helped the Lady eased her lonely heart.

And the Star remained in the sky lighting up the old house and warmed the hearts of the Hounds

and the Lady who decided to adopt each other and they became a family!

And on that special night in December, as the winds howled, and the birds chirped happily, a bright lone Star

twinkled merrily as it witnessed the loving bond that surrounded a Hounds family once upon a time . . .!!!!

Epilogue: I must tell you my dearest friends that this could be a real story.

I knew that the puppy later grew up as a SuperDog ;-)

who barked loudly at clueless and cruel peeps irregardless if they are Kings!

I also knew that this story exists to the present in several lands

and quiet homes lighted by the DWB Star and kind Keepers.

. . . And with that, we wish you and your family good health, warm hugs and kisses, yummy treats,

exciting play and adventures and may you have plenty of Love in this Holiday Season!!!

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A Very Full Mailbox

Whew! I have been so busy putting up our Christmas tree, working, taking care of my family and pets, getting some Christmas shopping done, and reading up on therapy dog work that I haven't had a moment to post all the wonderful DWB Holiday cards I have received lately! we go!

A gorgeous handmade card came from Lenny of IN at

And one from Tippy the dachshund of IN as well at

Then there is one from The Zoo Crew of NM at

And a very pretty one from a golden retriever named Charlie from OR of

Then from all the way from Australia from Opy and Charlie of

And one of my favorites was a handmade card from Shelly and Tommy of SC of

Then there is one from Keeley of WI of

And Mango and Dexter sent us one from MA of

And last but not least, one from Deefor and Arrow of CO at

THANKS everyone! Sorry it took so long to post them!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

An Award from

proudly awards this dog


E-cards Galore!

E-cards Galore!

Here is one from a very pretty dachshund, Mona, from TX. Her blog is:
And Hercules from KS at sent us this one:
Then there is this one from Beckett from AL of :And all the way from Malaysia is this e-card from Ben and Twinkle of www.colliebenjamin.blogspot.comThanks to all of you as well! :)