||Three years old|
is he special? Cody is a very special dog. He came to us at the
young age of twelve months after having spent a long, lonely year at
a kennel where he was learning to be a show dog. His main activity
was going to puppy matches on the weekends.
The first day he arrived, Cody was very frightened and a little
nervous. He had never been inside a house! Getting Cody accustomed to
the sights and sounds of a home took a while, but he gradually
learned to feel comfortable and has become a cherished member of our
family. During the first few months, Cody spent most of his time
learning manners and basic obedience. He learned very quickly. At the
age of eighteen months, Cody passed the Canine Good Citizen test
given by the American Kennel Club. As a result of passing this test
and a health check-up, Cody was accepted into Therapy Dogs
International as a Therapy Dog! At only two years of age, Cody had a
Cody spent the next six months visiting his owner's school where she
teaches 2nd graders. Cody would spend all day with the kids. By
spending time with Cody, the kids began learning to be kind and
gentle around dogs. Cody was very well-behaved when he was at school.
Since Cody did such a good job at school, he was asked to be a
Therapy Dog at a large hospital. Here he visits people who have had
strokes and different types of illnesses. He is very calm with the
patients and allows them to snuggle up close and love him. His next
job, which begins soon, is to visit children on the pediatrics ward
of a local hospital.
There is one more thing that Cody does and this is very special. He
helps teach kids about responsible pet care on the Internet! He and
his pals, Kelly and Trouper, have a webpage called, "How To Love
Your Dog." The site is especially designed for kids and is 130
pages of fun and interesting information. Kids can send in writing
about their dogs and get it published online! Be sure to visit Cody
and his buddies at
How To Love Your Dog.
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