Mr. Rudy, guide dog in training, was the Judges Choice Winner of the Good Ol' Dog competition in Mango Minster 2011.
Isn't he so handsome in his harness? You may know that Rudy is away at Puppy Camp right now as part of his guide dog training. In addition to sending him some special food and good ol' dog treats, we will be making a donation in his honor to Hearts in Harmony, a wonderful Therapy Dog organization in East Texas, and specifically to a program of theirs called Pawsitive Hearts. Pawsitive Hearts matches shelter dogs with teenagers who are in residential placement often due to abuse or neglect by their parents. The kids work with the dogs on socialization and basic commands in order to get them ready for placement in forever homes. For many of these young people this is a rare opportunity to both give and receive unconditional love. As you can imagine, both kids and dogs benefit! Here is a video about the program:
If you can't see the video, click here.
We're so pleased that a service dog could help provide support to a program that helps dogs help kids help dogs! Again, congratulations to Rudy and all the winners and entrants in Mango Minster, 2011. And a Relentlessly Huge thanks to Mango for hosting this wonderful event.
We're wagging our stubby tails at ya! - Gizmo, Bart and Ruby