Article from Front and Finish Magazine about a fellow dog friend and fellow puppy trainer's success story with her rescued dog!
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AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH YEAR we vow to turn over
a new leaf, set higher goals, finish projects that we
have started and most of us make promise to lose
those extra pounds we packed on during the holiday season.
We have a successful training story from
took on a challenge and offered a dog a new beginning and
a better life. The first story hails from one of my favorite dog
training clubs ODTC.( Orlando Dog Training Club) Please enjoy the good news we received
from Debra Wood in
"Name-look-treat, name-look-treat that initial and fundamental
basic we teach in puppy class serves as a strong
foundation not only for obedience work but also for enriching
lives of those less fortunate. Little did I know how much joy
Surge knowing her name could bring me.
"Rescued from Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters, Surge
arrived in my life timid and unschooled, yet I valued her
good-natured temperament and saw her potential to take me
back to the bedside, albeit in a non-nursing role. Mary Ann
Sanford, an instructor at the Orlando Dog Training Club,
patiently helped her gain manners and on our first attempt,
Surge secured a Canine Good Citizen title. From there, we
became a Therapy Dog Inc.-registered team, regularly visiting
the Orlando VA Community Living Center (formerly the
Nursing Home Care Unit) with Be An Angel Therapy Dogs
''An elderly man in a geri chair always watched as the other
veterans pet Surge. He never moved or said a word. Every visit
for nearly two years, I would ask if he wanted to see or pet my
dog ... nothing. I thought maybe he just liked looking at her
spin, sit, down, stand for exam, and run through her other
"Then, she broke through. I thought I detected a slight
nod when I queried once again if he wanted to visit with her,
so I lifted her up. Much to my surprise, he raised both arms
and started rubbing on her soft coat, smiling the whole time.
Finally, I put her down.
«[ could not wait until our next visit. He was, as usual,
waiting for us, his eyes watching as we entered the room. I
headed toward him and inquired if he wanted to see her and
received a slight nod. He immediately started petting her and
then softly said, 'Name: I could hardly believe my ears. He
spoke. I informed him that I call her Surge. He said her name.
She looked right at him and gave him a quick lick. His radiant
smile will stay with me always.
"Just as Surge captured my heart with her happy, loving
manner, she connected with him as she has done with so
many of the former
- Debra Wood, her proud mom