Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sami Reha 2001-2010

Sami crossed the Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly last week. Her absence is felt by many, especially those children who had the benefit of working with her at ChildServe.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mirroring Neurons and Situational Awareness

What do Mirroring Neurons and Situational Awareness have in common? Probably a lot more then we give them credit for.

We taught our semi-annual (or is the bi-annual) Pet Partner workshop at St Lukes in Cedar rapids last weekend. It was a full house and even had to turn way some prospective teams. It's amazing to see such interest in such a small community. They have really come out and embraced Delta Society and the standards they keep as well as Paws & Effect upholding the integrity of what a Pet Partner should be. Our attendee's got the special opportunity to see St Lukes completely revamp Rehab Therapy facility. They have so many features to the room. There are stairs and ramps at different angle and heights. They have textures to walk on like brick, tile, carpet and even a man hole cover. They even have hoisted a car up to the sixth floor. As we appeared on the sixth floor and made our way into the rehab facility we noticed that there were several of the Pet Partner teams in action. The attendee's got to see what it's like to visit first hand as well as meet and greet the Pet Parnters after their therapy sessions had ended.

We even got to see some of the most brilliantly creative out of the box thinking by Truman and Mary.

See for yourself.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Maybe we should call the January Fun Run the BRRRRRRRRRR! Run.
Was it fun? Yes.
Was it cold? Yes.

On top of all that non-sense we had several RECORDS come out of the
Paws & Effect "a birthday bash" agility Fun Run.

1) It was the coldest start ever recorded.
2) We had the most runs and highest attendance for one of our Fun Runs. Thank you to everyone who braved the weather. And it was a great way to kick off the new year.

3) Cadence (our Catahula Hound dog) ran three CLEAN RUNS! Miracle on Ice!
Is it the handling or has she settled down into a more mature groove?

4) Got to use the best vacuum ever to clean up after the run. Made quick work of a really large space at the Canine Craze training facility.

Nobody really knows but we will again put her to the test at our Annual Winter Classic trial held at Jester Park on January 16 and 17, 2010. Hope to see ya there.