The Plan for Arnie, since Day 1, was for him to be a therapy dog. I love volunteering for hospitals/hospice/retirement homes, I live right next to a VA/childrens/regular hospitals, and Arnie is an incredibly happy, social dog. Its a natural fit.
But when Arnie was a puppy, it became clear that he wasnt just social. He is SOCIAAAAAAALLLLAAAAAHHHHH!!!
He didnt want to play. He wants to PLAAAAAAAAAAAYAAAAAAYAAAAAAYAAAAAAAYPLAAYPLAYPLAY!!!!
He didnt just like and appreciate some attention from people. He was more like, LUUUUUUUVIES!!! PEEEEEOPLE!!!! I LOVE YOU PEOPLE!!!! I LOVE YOU PEOPLE!!! LUUUUUUUVIEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSICLIMBINYOURLAPNAUIFITSEE!
So, when Arnie was a puppy, I assumed he would mellow out a bit as he aged, and trained him to be a therapy dog anyway. He did fantastic– not afraid of loud noises or wheelchairs or crutches or anything… but… four years later, Im still waiting for him to mellow out :-/
Even though I cant take him to hospitals (yet) one of his bestest buddies in the neighborhood is a girl with Downs Syndrome who lives next door. When we are coming back from our walkies, I know before I can see her in her front yard playing, cause Arnie will be pulling on his leash, NEIGHBOR IS OUT! NEIGHBOR IS OUT!!!! SHE GIVES ME LUVIES!!! NEEEEEEEEEEIGHBOOOOOOOR!!!!! KISSIES FOR NEIGHBOR!!!!
‘The Today Show’ just did a bit on an organization that uses pits as therapy dogs. I wanna know where the hell they got those mellow puppies, LOL! But I do think its funny how the anchor lady was like “I CANT BELIEVE THEY USE PITS! PITS ARE MEAN! THESE DOGS ARENT MEAN! I CANT BELIEVE THEY USE PITS! MY PRECONCEPTIONS ARE TOTALLY VALID, RITE??” the whole damn clip. Im pretty sure her mind was blown.