Today is a special day for Rassilon. He is going to become MORE famous than he already is. Rassilon is the subject of an article in the local newspaper. And the local paper is associated with the state newspaper, so there is a small chance it could get state wide coverage. But we are happy with the southern area.
It is all about Rassilon, the therapy dog. Because he has such high numbers of people visited at the local hospital, the newspaper wants to do a write up about him, and today, we go to the hospital for his photos.
Of course, the law says dogs are not allowed on hospital property (except when working), so I had to phone up and get permission to take him to the hospital. Well, I don’t know the woman I spoke to, but she knew me and Rassilon (even remembering his name), and my phone number, and she said it would be fine.
The next step, bath time. And Rassilon is SO GOOD at bath time, all I have to do it put him in the bath. He walks into the bathroom on his own (no leash required), and once in the bath, he stands there and lets me wash him.
I would imagine he feels a lot better now, after all the hair that came off him. So now he is lying on the floor drying off, and in a little while I will rub some conditioner into his coat, so he is looking really good and feels soft for his photo shoot.
So hopefully I will be able to mention the Greyhound Adoption Program and Therapeutic Dog Services, and get people more interested in greyhounds, and / or therapy work.
Well, we went to the hospital. We were stopped by some people that recognized Rassilon even before the photographer got a shot off.
Next, we were getting a photo by the hospital sign, and some of Rassilon’s ‘aunties‘ from medical records came out and patted him. After the photos I was giving the photographer out details, when Rassilon was dog-napped.
He was taken from me and led inside, only having to stop once for more pats from visitors. Once inside he was FORCED to put up with air conditioned coolness, lots of pats from all the ladies in medical records, cheese scones and cool water. But he was tough and put up with it, before lying under the air con vent and falling asleep.
On the plus side, the photographer got to see why it can take me so long to get around the hospital on visiting days. All this happened and we were still outside!