No Therapy...Yet

cabana sitting at a path crossroads with an open field behind her, the clouds are in one big long roll like a pulled cotton ball, sitting on the horizon
Last week was spent preparing Cabana for her therapy dog evaluations. We did a lot of "leave it" practice, mannerly leash walking, and went on as many outings as possible. We visited a number of hardware stores and fabric shops, any places I could think of that allow dogs. I wanted Cabana to get used to going into different buildings, so that when she went to get evaluated, going someplace new wouldn't be quite so exciting to her.

But we never made it to the therapy dog evaluation. My grandfather passed away a few days before, so we dropped everything and drove down to Los Angeles for his funeral. He was 97-years old and died painlessly in his sleep. The funeral was a peaceful event, where we could reminisce and reconnect with relatives that I hadn't seen for almost a decade.

Unfortunately, the next therapy dog class isn't until the end of January, so we have a long wait ahead of us. I was very disappointed, but it couldn't be helped. And after all, the additional time is a good thing, giving Cabana a chance to mature further and for us to keep practicing our teamwork.

While we were in Los Angeles, Cabana stayed with some good friends of ours, who were kind enough to accommodate us on short notice. Because their dog died a couple years ago, they'd been wanting a "dog fix". Through intermittent text messages, they kept me abreast of Cabana's activities--"Cabana is laying on Tim's feet," "Cabana found a comfy spot on Jan's yoga mat", etc. They reported that Cabana was very well-behaved, and I think she really enjoyed herself with them.

But of course, when we picked her up yesterday, she was very happy to see us. Here's Cabana on our usual morning walk today, as the fog rolled back to give us an absolutely gorgeous fall day. Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween!

cabana standing on a green soccer field, the foreground is clear but there is a definite line where the fog begins, the sky is pink in the distance

Kari in WeHo  – (October 31, 2010 at 4:51 PM)  

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am sure Cabana will pass the test with flying colors


Becky  – (October 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM)  

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My grandma is 95 and will deeply miss her when she goes. Sorry you must wait until January for the next test. Glad she did so well while you were away.

Emma Rose  – (October 31, 2010 at 7:03 PM)  

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Going peacefully in his sleep is a blessing though. I hope he had 97 good years.

Maybe your friends will get another dog now that they got to have Cabana for a couple of days.
That would be nice for them. We believe all good people should have at least one dog :)

JackDaddy  – (October 31, 2010 at 10:28 PM)  

Two amazing pictures! She is growing up so fast.

OSU 98  – (November 1, 2010 at 5:49 AM)  

Very sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing.

I PROMISE YOU...when you pass, you will say "I got all worked up about THAT?" Cabana will "ooh and ahhh" everyone with her good behavior!

The Thundering Herd  – (November 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM)  

We are so sorry about the loss of your grandfather. Always a difficult thing to go through.

We did love that last picture.

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta  – (November 1, 2010 at 5:30 PM)  

SOrry to hear about your loss. Glad Cabana did so well with the challenge of being away.

Mango  – (November 1, 2010 at 6:07 PM)  

I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. It is always so sad to say goodbye to a member of our family. Cabana will be fine. More time to practice, right?

Mango Momma

Sierra Rose  – (November 1, 2010 at 7:38 PM)  

Ah. So sorry. Glad you were able to spend time with family during this time. Cabana must have been a great doggie fix for friends. We can only imagine that she was just the bestest house guest :) And, of course so happy to reuinte with you all again! Ahhhhh.
We should be at McInnis Park Tue. @ 9:30....

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Martha G  – (November 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM)  

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather passing. I have always treasured the time spent with family at funerals. There is nothing like the gathering of the clan and sharing memories. I'm sorry that you and Cabana missed the test, but I'm very glad you were able to attend your grandfather's funeral.

Carrie and Waffle  – (November 1, 2010 at 11:05 PM)  

so sorry to hear about your grandfather, 97 is a good long life, may we all be so lucky. Hope happy memories of his life provide some comfort for his passing.

Waggs and kisses
Carrie and the girls

paige  – (November 2, 2010 at 6:54 AM)  

Gorgeous photos, gorgeous dog. Love the photos! I'm raising my first guide dog puppy, Laura, and keeping a blog, too!

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