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July 1, 1999

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Cody, the Dog of the Day
Name: Cody
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male Breed: Collie
Home: California, USA
   Why 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 career.

    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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