Last updated on February 6th, 2017 at 02:39 am
Last week I wrote a post about my rescue dog Charlie which had great feedback. I didn’t get to tell the story and I probably never will. However I thought I would entertain you with a few more tales (tails?) from my beloved furry companion.
Recap of My English Springer Spaniel: Here is Charlie’s Story
Just to recap the story a bit, here is a summary of what was discussed in my earlier post about my rescue dog Charlie. I was in my early thirties, looking for a furry companion and found Charlie at the local Humane Society. He was advertised online and I fell in love with his sad eyes and droopy ears. I adopted him without knowing much about dogs, or the problems that some shelter dogs can come with. I quickly learned that I needed professional help from a good dog trainer as soon as I had adopted him to curb his aggressive behavior.
Today’s Story: Charlie the rescue dog becomes a Canadian Good Neighbour
I’m going to start today’s story after completing our novice dog training program. Our dog trainer does a lot of community volunteer work around our city with her dogs such as visiting schools for a reading program, and visiting the elderly.
As part of her business she offers training for Canadian Good Neighbour courses and testing for your dog. This programs allows certified dogs to do volunteer work in schools, long-term care facilities etc. Once I became aware of this program it became my goal for Charlie and I; to be certified as a Canadian Good Neighbour. The skills the dogs must learned for the certifications are similar to skills required by therapy dogs.
To pass examinations dogs must:
- be friendly with strangers
- stay polite while petted
- must stay calm when groomed or examined
- walk on a loose leash without pulling
- be comfortable to walk through crowds
- sit or lay down when given the command
- come when called
- calm down instantly after playing
- not react to passing dogs
- not react to distractions, such as strollers, wheel chairs etc.
- must behave if the handler leaves the room
- be able to walk through doorways and gates
I’m happy to report that after some training, Charlie, my rescue dog became a Canine Good Neighbour. For me, this meant that Charlie had graduated from a crazy, aggressive dog to a well-behaved dog that could go out in public. It was a huge accomplishment for the both of us. It represents lots of hard work. As a result, the two of us had the opportunity to give our time and visit the elderly in a long-term care facility.
Charlie and the other dog’s arrival was always anticipated. Charlie and I would sit with the patients and while they pet Charlie, they would reminisce and tell me stories about dogs they had as children. This charming pooch would also entertain the residents with his tricks. We don’t volunteer anymore, due to time constraints, but we definitely have good memories of those visits. Below is a photo of Charlie in his “uniform” which was a red bandanna with the CGN badge.
Charlie the Refrigerator Raider
Now, even though he is a Canadian Good Neighbour, he is still a rascal in our house. Just this week, we’ve had two incidents of the Refrigerator Raider. Last Friday, I stopped at the grocery store to buy a ready cooked chicken for a quick dinner, but more than half was left over, so we thought it would make good meal the next day. When we came back from running errands, we noticed that the plastic container the chicken came it was empty and lying in the middle of the living room floor.
That’s right, Charlie got in the fridge and ate the thing, bones and all, which can be dangerous, but so far, he seems to have an iron gut. Following Thanksgiving, we left the house again, and taped the door shut, since the refrigerator door log is broken, but I guess I didn’t do a good enough job because he ate the last piece of my pecan pie.