WORKING WITH DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS

“UP, UP, UP!  We’re working today!  People are waiting for you.”

Hey!  How about some help off the bed!  And a BusyBone.  Don’t forget my meds.

Monday morning, 6:00 am.  I’ve been hearing about our Monday assignment since LAST Friday.  Yes, I like to work.  Border collies like to have a job.  We were in the Scion xB by 8:40 and pulled up to The Countryside Association in Palatine right on schedule.  I was briefed that one of Countryside’s employees will soon have a real service dog (not to be confused with a Therapy Dog) and the staff wanted to bring in Mr. Calm-Cool-Collected (that’s me) so their esteemed and valuable employees get accustomed to having a dog in their midst.  Well let me say this, right up front.  EVERYBODY LOVED ME!  (What a shock!)

Gettin' loved on by about 40 people.  We had a great time!

Gettin’ loved on by about 40 people. We had a great time!

Everybody was very nice to me.  I was petted and loved on constantly for about 70 minutes.  Some people would come up cautiously, but I would lay down, look up at them, and let them know they had nothing to worry about.  One girl sat on the concrete floor next to me and was giving me a big hug with both arms.  I thought I smelled some tears but I didn’t want to look at her and spoil her moment with me.  And NO, I am not going home with any body except My Dad.

And…NEWSFLASH!  This Saturday, I become the resident boss, trainer, and mentor for MAGIC, who will be adopted from Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue (www.greatlakesbcrescue.org).  Follow Magic’s progress as an up and coming therapy dog.  Will I be successful in transferring my intelligence, savvy, and intuition to MAGIC?  Stay tuned!

This is MAGIC from Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue.  He arrives for indoctrination, from me, on December 6th!

This is MAGIC from Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue. He arrives for indoctrination, from me, on December 6th!

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3 thoughts on “WORKING WITH DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS

  1. Of course you’ll be a great success as a teacher and helper to allay fears from that special population of very nice people. Good luck to you all. Virginia

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