Summer school pays off for Danny

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Today was an important day for Danny, our rescue dog. It was the day of his big test.

You see, for the past six Sunday mornings, he has been attending the Canine Good Citizen program at the nearby Petco.

When we adopted Danny nearly a year ago, one of the first things my wife, Sheryl, said was, “wouldn’t it great if Danny could eventually become a therapy dog.”

After all, we had witnessed firsthand (when Sheryl’s mom and dad were sick) the positive impact therapy dogs had on patients who were hospitalized.

So, when we heard about this program offered through Petco, we jumped at it. Each Sunday for the past month and a half, we have taken Danny through the paces. And, each week he showed improvement. Of course, we worked with him between classes as well.

Well, the big day finally arrived. Today, he would be tested on how well he had mastered the various skills. And, before you ask, no, I didn’t have to parade him around a ring like they do at the Westminster Dog Show.

Rather, he had to perform and pass a total of 10 tasks – including meeting a stranger, sitting politely for petting, walking through a crowd, following commands and reacting to other dogs.

Danny handled every task impeccably. A real pro!

What all this means is that Danny has passed the AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Good Citizen Program and is now certified to be a therapy dog.

We’re thrilled that Danny has accomplished this feat and we look forward to the day he begins his role as a therapy dog.

In the meantime, Danny has other irons in the fire – like finishing the children’s book he and his dad are writing.

Yes, it’s been a busy and productive summer for him. Atta boy, Danny!

To learn more about Danny, visit his Facebook page: Danny Rescue Dog.

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Danny shows off his certificate.