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Howdy, we are celebrating our 1 month anniversary with our new love Shelby. What a tremendous addition she is to our family.
We are half way through our first obedience class and we are doing well. At the end of our third set of classes, we will be testing to receive our Canine Good Citizenship Award.
We have begun the paperwork that would allow us to visit children in one of our local hospitals and at the suggestion of our teacher, we are also starting the process of filling out the paperwork to be able to visit the rehab center for war vets that are also amputees. Here is my concern, it's a long way into either hospital from the parking lot, I was thinking about using a Radio Flyer Red Wagon to help get Shelby to the area we would be visiting. I thought about a wheel barrow but I think everyone has fond memories of the red wagon they had as kids.
What do you think and do you have any other suggestions?
Thanks for such an incredible website and thanks to all the folks that help care enough to help each other with these incredible dogs.
10 August 2008
Great idea! We were thinking about doing the same thing for our Bonnie. She is tired and run down after chemo and she will run out to meet someone and then be tired and take a long time to get back in. We were thinking about putting little side wood rails around it for her security and a pad in the bottom. Send us all pictures if you do it. I am sure everyone would like seeing that Radio Flyer doing such a good deed.
Jerry would have nothing to do with a wagon when we tried that with him. If you’re not going alone, or if you can find a staff member to help, I might suggest you drop Shelby off at the front door with someone then go park the car. But if Shelby doesn’t mind, then the wagon is a great idea!
Howdy, Shelby took her first ride in her Radio Wagon!
After we received the wagon, I took the “red part” and put it on the living room floor and put all her toys in it. For the first couple of days she would hop up to it, look, sniff and go away in search of a toy. Then we got some mesh nonskid type stuff, cut to fit on the bottom of the wagon, put the wheels on and put her toys back in. After a few days she would hop up, grab a toy and go on her way.
Thursday afternoon I lifted her into the wagon and she laid down! Lots of praise and treats, so I started slowly moving the wagon back and forth about a foot at a time. Friday afternoon I put the handle on wagon and helped Shelby in. She stayed put while we made a small circle in the living room.
We'll keep it nice and slow and work on getting her comfortable enough to take a ride outside.
It took awhile but I think we're on the right track!
What a great way to gently get her used to it. Thank you so much for sharing this method with us. We were just writing a future blog post about the SolvIt stroller, and will include a link to this topic when we publish it. You are definitely doing things the right way!
Can't wait to see a photo when you get a chance. Have fun!
28 November 2008
How awesome that Shelby was able to accept her new wheels on her terms. Good luck with the first real ride. I know she will love it.
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