Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pup Pairs and Therapy Kids in Training

It is Wednesday night and I am pretty trashed.  My Vickie has been keeping me so busy now that I am well.  We start off at 4:45 am and go till we both drop at 10 pm.  

Starting off the day, we get our friends all settled in to the day care after feeding our overnight guest.

 James Dean and his Foster Brother Rocky
 Annie and her new friend Murphy
 and of course the infamous pair Carly and Zoey.

At 10 we were off to the Hospital to visit the patients.  And today was such fun cause I met this little teeny 2 year old girl who was thrilled to see me.  There she was this little itty bitty thing sitting in the hospital bed with tubes here and there and a sad little face.  When she saw me, her beautiful face lit up like a candle and she called for me to come up and visit her.

Of course I only have to be asked once.  After Goose's Mom Michelle fixed the bed with a clean sheet and my Vickie cleaned my paws with a sanitizer, Up I went.  I layed right next to her with my head in her lap and she started petting me on my ears, then my eyes, my nose and finally a gentle caress on my head.

After a while she was so happy that she wanted to hug me and that really felt good.  It felt so wonderful to have those sweet little arms reach around my neck (she was so tiny that they didn't go all around my neck) then she kissed me on the forehead.  WONDERFUL

Later on during our visit she crawled up on my back and sat there excitedly bouncing up and down.  (My Vickie had her hand between the little girl and me so that there wasn't a lot of pressure on my stomach.  You know, the ball thing.)

Anyway, she was the highlight of my day.....I THOUGHT.
 After our visits at the hospital, we had been invited to a school where a group of children had been doing a lot of reserach on Therapy Dogs and they wanted to meet a real life one.  So Me, Murphy, My Vickie, Paulette and Michelle went.
 They asked us all a lot of questions and we had a great time answering them, showing them how we do stuff and then just letting them sit and pet us.
 I showed them how I lay my head in your lap.
 Or how I lay beside you when you are feeling sad. 
It was a great great time. 
Then we came back to work where My Friend Erianne was waiting to take me on a walk while My Vickie and Judy finished up the jobs at the kennel.  Pretty cool, I get to go walking and she stays around and scoops, waters, cleans and feeds my friends.

Now it is 8:30 and I am already getting ready for bed, while My Vickie finishes up the blog.  By 10 pm, we will both be fast fast asleep ready to start all over again.

Have a great day my friends.



bichonpawz said...

You two sure are busy! And you make so many people happy each and every single day!! Good for you!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

rottrover said...

Oh Bert!! That's your job?!?? You lay around and let kids cuddle you all day?? MAN! That is totally awesome! You are a master cuddler. We are so impressed :-)

-Bart and Ruby

The Cat From Hell said...

Dear Bert,
And me thought our Mommy was busy! She only gets up at 6!
If she gots up everyday, she could blog for me everyday, or she could do more canning (Farm Market Season is starting), or she could update the website, or she could finish a certain painting!

harrispen said...

Did you really say you got up at 4:45 AM?!! No wonder you are in bed by 10 pm especially after that busy day. Sleep well.


GOOSE said...

Ok let me get this straight. I am on my death bed and my MOM is going to the hospital with you and to schools?
I'm just kidding you Dawg. I told her she should go. She was going to cancel on you but I said, "Look MOM all I'm going to do is hang out here, lay around, and maybe puke once. So you should go so I can get this stuff done and not have you hovering over me 87 hours a day. I'm a big boy and I think I can handle it for a few hours." And you know what? I did. And I did just fine. Plus the bonus is that the guilt she felt was well worth it cuz I got tons of extra love and hugs and belly rubs. AND she did not do any homework, just let me lay in her lap as long as I wanted.
I'm glad you do what you do Bert. You make so many, old and young, feel so much better. I am blessed to know you. I think tomorrow is the day I will start feeling better, I mean the weekend is coming and you know what that means?? I would not want to miss out on that.

Prancer Pie said...

Sounds like a great day! Tiring, but great. Your bellah looks good, too. xoxo

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

You are one hard-working doggie! And what's with Zoey and her need to lie on top of other dogs?

Jed & Abby

haopee said...

Such a busy body you are, Bert.

By the way, Zoey is the name of the black doggy right? Well, at least she has a new "Sit" mate now.

The story of that little girl was heart warming. The better it got when she wanted to piggy back on you.

Huggies and Cheese,


Bassetmomma said...

Boy you and your Vickie sure do put in one full day! It`s so great that you can make so many people smile, especially like that little girl in the hospital. Kudos my friend!

chicamom85 said...

Holy Dog, I got tired just reading all of that. You do have a busy day, but it must be so nice to be able to snuggle with kids and let a little 2 year old give you loveys. I hope you sleep good my pal.

Loveys Sasha

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

WE are so happy you are feeling 100percent Bert. That really was rather scary when you were so poorly.
You certainly had a busy day visiting all the little people but a very rewarding for you and your Vickie.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Macintosh Mitch said...

You are such a wonderful boy, Bert, and you are loved and admired by so many!

Love ya lots

IRIS E DONA said...

You are a wonderful doggy, Bert ! You make so many people happy, you really are special !
Lots of love

The Furries of Whisppy said...

You guys start your day at 4:45am? And squeeze in THAT much activity is one day? What are you guys eating!?

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

My dogness - we are ready for a nap after just reading all you do.....I bet you sleep soooooo well every night. You are our hero Bert...we are so proud to know you.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Wow..that was a super busy day you had. No afternoon naps?????

So your Vickie is coming to Florida soon. Where in Florida is she going?


Anonymous said...

Bert you must be exhausted! and your Vickie must be sleep typin ;) Great day you had with your pup and peep furiends though :D So glad you're back to your old self!

Waggin at ya,

Murphy said...

Bert, you never cease to amaze me! Stanley and I can't wait until we have all our vaccinations and we can meet you and so many of your friends! It is wonderful that you can bring a smile to those who need it most!



HoundDogMom said...

Wow, you have a very busy fun filled day visiting and spreading your joy. We are sorta in love with James Dean and Foster Brother. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

A very busy but rewarding day!!! Just think about all the hearts you fill with joy by your visits - pawesome work,Bert.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Bert I can not begin to tell you how glad I am that you are BACK to doing all the stuffs that you DO SO WELL.

snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

Hey Bert,

You guys sure have action packed days!! You crack me up when you're telling me how you get to go for a walk while your Vickie does all the hard work - Tee Hee :)

You're such a great Therapy Dog Bert - so happy you made the little girl in the hospital have a nice day :) I loved all your demonstrations, here's how I can lie while you pet me!! You're such a good trainer…. :)

Have a fun day buddy,

Your pal Snoopy :)

Remington said...

You certainly keep busy, my friend....well done!

Val said...

Wow Bert, you and your mom are busy!! It was so cool to see you picture with all those kids. Nothing melts my heart more than dogs and kids loving on each other. thanks for the amazing work you, your mom and friends do for so many!

Curt Rogers said...

I've said it before, and I'm sure this won't be the last time, you are doing tremendously important work. Bless you!

The Army of Four said...

What a full and WONDERFUL day! You touched a lot of hearts along the way, Bert!!!

Mazzie @ Mazzie Takes Manhattan said...

Woof to you Bert!!!! I learned about your blog from your good friend Goose (paws crossed he gets well soon) and am very excited to start following your adventures!

Even though you are technically retired, you seem as busy as ever with all of your therapy work. My mother thinks that your current job is an extremely important one, mostly because she can't imagine how miserable it would be for her to sit around in a hospital sick without me by her side.

She had high hopes that I would be able to do therapy work. Turns out that while I'm obedient enough to do the job, I don't have your mellow yellow temperament. That's OK. I have a great life and not everyone is born/destined to be a 4 legged rock star like you!

Much love - XXOO - Mazzie

NanaNor's said...

Hi Bert, I'm so glad that you are feeling better and out ministering to children-oh what joy you bring them(especially those who are sick). You have such a big heart and are making a difference for so many. You've brought a smile to my face.
Have a wonderful afternoon-maybe you'll get a nap in today.
Happy Paws to you.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a wonderful post, and what a gift you are giving these sweet patients at a time they need a lift. I hope that if there is ever a time when I'm in the hospital, someone like you will be there to cheer me up too!!

Sarge said...

Hey Bert!
Wow, no wonder you are all tuckered-out! I'm tired just thinking of all the good work you are doing. I'm sure all of those peeps are happy to see you. :)
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Dude, you are SO our hero! You are such a wonderful guy, being all therapeutic-like!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Wow Bert...what a busy day y'all had! It sure sounds like lots of fun and excitement. I can see you really soak up all that lovin'!

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Bert, isn't giving love the best! Well, that and treats. Well, giving love, treats, and tennis balls. No, giving love, treats, tennis balls, and getting love... oh well, it's all good dog!!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

KSO said...

What incredible work you get to do! I know you brighten so many peoples day- it's really wonderful what you do!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Bert, we love your therapy work so much. You are a wonderful doggie to help so many people. We love you heaps big fella. Your Vickie is pretty darn special too! Thanks for telling us about your day. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Meeka said...

You sure bring joy to everyone who meets you.

Ina in Alaska said...

What a wonderful day!!!

Mango said...

Bert, my friend, it is wonderful to see you back in action again. Who knew therapy work involved meditations? That is my kind of job.


Bigdogzola said...

Super work Bert - you are very talented, handsome and wonderful xxx what a star x And great work keeping your human on her toes all day x

Bailey Be Good! said...

Wowserz! I got tired just reading about your schedule! Teehee! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

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