Friday, February 17, 2012

Therapy Dog in Training?

Hurley has a very special friend, Chris, who comes to visit him every day.



Chris is developmentally and physically disabled and a sweet guy who loves his visits with Hurley.


Hurley loves those visits too.  Once he sees Chris parking his bicycle outside our window, Hurley goes into full-body wag and promptly abandons anyone who may be giving him attention and/or treats at that moment to say hello to his favorite person.



Chris is the first person for whom Hurley will obey a new command.  He and Chris practice his tricks every day.  I think the most recent addition, roll over, really cemented their love for each other.  Hurley won't do a roll over on the verbal cue only with me yet...but he will for Chris.


I might actually have a future therapy dog on my hands.  While everyone raves over Hurley's cute tail, adorable facial features or the fact that he's just one good-looking dog, his love for Chris is hands-down my favorite thing about him. 

13 comments:

  1. That's awesome, dogs are so intuitive, he understands that Chris is different. What an amazing story.

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  2. That is so awesome! Hurley is such a cool dog and lucky to have such a faithful friend to come visit him and practice his tricks!

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  3. What an amazing relationship.

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  4. Such a precious post/friendship! I can't believe I got to witness Hurley's dedication to Chris. :)

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  5. Sounds like Hurley is letting you know what he likes to do. So glad you're such a good listener.

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  6. It's so great to hear about Hurley's affection for Chris. You can see how engaged he is in the pictures!

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  7. That is so awesome and very sweet. Hurley must have a tender touch and be one special dog. :)

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  8. Oooh, that is so, so sweet! What a great relationship for Hurley and for Chris! And, I gotta say, if you're interested in doing therapy dog stuff, it's so worth it! It takes a lot of time and effort (at least, training with Emmett did... he's sweet but slow) but it's amazing to watch our dogs touch people's lives!

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  9. Hi Y'all!

    Good luck future therapy dog!

    If y'all are up to a game of tag, we tagged y'all. Stop by my blog for the questions.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  10. Wow! We should try and coordinate classes. Sage is taking her first step by getting her CGC. Then some Delta classes to see if she qualifies.

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  11. Love this. The bonds that dogs forge with humans never ceases to touch and amaze me. We went through a therapy dog class with Heidi and even though we don't have her with a therapy dog group yet, the class was so beneficial (and a lot of fun!).

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  12. aww, this is sooooo sweet! hurley's the best. :-)

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