Saturday, February 19, 2011

Good Ol' Rudy

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


Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

Thanks so much for this post; and what a wonderful program you will be donating to!
Rudy was very pleased to be chosen as the Good Old Dog, and we are happy you guys are sponsors!
Hearts in Harmony is a great program, I wish they had something like that in our area.

Rudy's Raiser

KB said...

You are wonderful to make that donation! I am so full of admiration for the people who raise puppies for service dog programs. What a wonderful but emotionally tough thing to do.

In any case, thanks from all of us for making that donation.

I hope that you're feeling better with that jerky dooty behind you.

Teddy Westlife said...

Well done to Rudy, and how nice of you to do all that stuff!

♥ Sallie said...

Awww. You are the best!


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That's a wonderful program. Amazing that those dogs train the boys in only 4 weeks. Man, I'm eight and we're still training HER!!!

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Bravo!! That is just wonderful of you!!!

The Daily Pip said...

Wow, that sounds like a great organization and it so nice of you to make a donation.

Your pal, Pip

houndstooth said...

That is an awesome program! It sounds like it's a win win for all involved, too!


Dexter said...

That Rudy! He is one great dog. Thanks so much for your sponsorship.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

And many thanks to you for being such a generous sponsor of the event AND to such a great organization. We have high hopes for Rudy's future.

Happy Sunday.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Congratulations to Rudy! and may thanks to you for supporting Mango Minster and such a great program! I'm going to keep Hearts In Harmony and Pawsitive Hearts on my list of places to send my change. kids and dogs, a perfect combination!

One of the main points I think the video misses is that both the kids and the dogs learn not only that they are loveable but they deserve respect AND love!

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

rottrover said...

Stumpy and Mom ~ couldn't agree more! A confidence builder for both for sure. :-)

the booker man said...

big 'n hooge gratsers to rudy!
me and asa and mama had not heard of that program, but we already love it after seein' the video. what a positive thingie to do for those two-leggers and those doggies. miss stumpy and her mama are so right -- they get to learn that they are valued 'n loved. :)

the booker man

pee s -- OoOoOooo! my word verification thingie is "parks"! teehee!

Terrorzinhos said...

Great program!

Asta said...

That sounds like a most wowfy cause
You awe wondewful fow donating!!!
Thank you also fow coming to Katie and Bewtie's Biwfday
I had some Mead to go cups made fow you fow youw twip back home
smoochie kisses

Lorenza said...

Sure it is an awesome program!
And Rudy... the best!
Happy Sunday!
Kisses and hugs

Unknown said...

Hi Y'all,

Congratulations to Rudy.

I know of a church home for troubled children who are using shelter dogs in a similar fashion. It is a wonderful program and all started when an administrator started bringing her Great Dane to work and letting it accompany the children around the campus.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

The Thuglets said...

Congratulations to Rudy he is one super dog! What a fabulous programme you are supporting.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Remington said...

You are the best, my friend!

Molly the Airedale said...

You guys are wonderful!
We had no idea that the parents in Parent Trap were named Maggie and Mitch! Do you think they might know us?!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch