Saturday, April 19, 2014

Way To Go, Winnie!

Please allow me to introduce to you the newest Therapy Dogs, Inc., certified member of Blue Grey Therapy Dogs ... our adorable little Ms. Winnie Pearl!

Notice that her tiny little tag says, "I am a Therapy Dog."

She passed the initial Therapy Dog test easily ... getting along with other dogs, allowing strangers to pet and hold her, walking nicely on a leash and taking commands.  She and I had then had to pass three observations in real-life situations on the weekends after the test:  one was at Petco, one was at a rehabilitation hospital, and one was at an Autism Awareness Day fair.  Winnie wagged her tail and begged for pets, even giving kisses to some of the strangers that she met.

I was so excited when her registration and tag came in the mail the other day.  All she needed was a vest to complete her working ensemble.  The regular therapy dog vests are all WAY too big for her (even in the Extra Small size).  It took me a little while of trial and error to modify an existing tiny dog harness pattern, and I think it turned out really cute.  Pink camo fits Winnie's personality, and it should attract attention and can help start conversations.

Now that Winnie is official, she and I can begin our visits ... which will mostly be reading days with children at the local library, along with special events (like the Autism Fair we attended two weeks ago).  Today, she and I will be working the afternoon shift at the Greyhounds Rock booth at Fredericksburg Brewfest.  She won't be there as a therapy dog, but she will still work her adorable Chihuahua magic to help me separate the fair-goers from some of their money, with merchandise sales and donations ... all in the name of a good cause.

I adore this little dog!


  1. Way to go Winnie! So proud of this little bit of a girl! Look at that face, what's not to love and enjoy!


  2. Such fun, this sweet little dog Winnie has even got a real job.

  3. Congrats to Winnie. She looks like a model student to me! xo Diana

  4. Winnie is just the cutest little thing in the world!! Congratulations, how fabulous. She is such a special little girl.


  5. Yay Winnie!!! She will be a favorite for sure!

    xo Kat

  6. I am so excited for you and for Winnie!! You have taken what was a tarnished gem a few months ago, and with some polish have unlocked her potential and allowed her to blossom and shine! What a difference you have made for her, and what a difference she will now make in helping others--And she'll look amazing while doing it! :-)!!!

  7. It is so heartwarming to read about this. What a different life Winnie is living now.

  8. What a wonderful way to spend some special time together while you bless others, Connie! Love that Winnie is now even MORE special than ever! Congrats to her - and you! How did you think of this great idea for her to be a therapy dog??

    Have a blessed Easter, my friend!

    xoxo laurie

  9. What a little blessing she has been in your life, and what a joy for her to have a loving life with you.

    I love her pink camo.

    Happy Easter ~ FlowerLady

  10. You rock, Winnie! You have just shown everyone that it is never too late to do do something new and wonderful. Strut your stuff in that super pink camo jacket and spread your joy. Happy Easter!

  11. Who wouldn't love a visit from Winnie? And I'll bet she'll love having a job.

  12. She is C U T E ! Enjoy. Happy Spring.

  13. Way to go Winnie. She's adorable & I bet she will bring a lot of joy and happiness in the lives of everyone she meets.

  14. I sooooooooooo love this little your blog and all of your posts but, most especially, the ones about the animals. Carole


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