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At work at Puppy Dog Tales

At work at Puppy Dog Tales reading program at Bryant Elementary

We work in a small book storage closet, and the school provides a bed for Jacee.

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Puppy Dog Tails to be at Bryant School

Jacee has been assigned to Bryant Elementary School for the Puppy Dog Tails reading program.

This is a K-5 school in a good neighborhood in Potrero Hill. The students are 88% Hispanic, 87% are socioeconomically disadvantaged, and 75% are learning English. More school stats are available here. My lack of knowledge of Spanish may be an advantage as it will force the kids to communicate in English.

This looks like a great opportunity for Jacee and I to make a difference. We have our initial meeting at the school next Wednesday, and if Jacee behaves well, then we she will be read to by students every other Tuesday morning.

Jacee has a blog!

I want to keep a record of Jacee’s activity as a therapy dog, so I created a blog for her. You can follow her blog atΒ https://jaceetherapydog.wordpress.com/. I used WordPress to host the blog because my wife Valerie is an expert, and it is easy to automatically share blog posts on Facebook.

The blog is very basic, just a description of each therapy visit, and occasional news and pictures. I’m not Marianne McKiernan πŸ™‚

Hope you find it informative!

Jacee’s Temporary Cape

The SF SPCA embroiders Therapy Dogs names on their capes. Jacee’s cape is in production and won’t be available for a while. For the interim, we borrowed a cape formerly used by an inactive dog named “Glicka”, and Valerie volunteered to remove the name from the cape. After removing the “G” and “a”, we realized we had a cape that described Jacee’s biggest problem working as a therapy dog.

Canine Good Citizen

Jacee is now an official AKC Canine Good Citizen πŸ™‚ In order to help her pass the test, I borrowed a vest from the SPCA (her own vest is being custom embroidered with her name and won’t be ready for a few more weeks). We arrived 1/2 hour early, and we practiced commands until the test started. She had no problems with any of the test elements. However, as soon as the test was over and I took the vest off, she went wild!