On Thursday Rassilon and I went for our second Therapy Dog visit to the nursing home, and we had our judge (Troy) with us again, and we will have someone again next week.
But, Troy was super impressed by Rassilon. He started off in relaxed mode, getting patted and mooching up to the patients then laying down in the patients room. So the judge got a photo of Rassilon laying down.
Then things really started to get good (making me prouder of Rassilon). We went into the common room where a lot of the residents were playing bingo. They stopped playing so Rassilon could go around and meet them.
One old guy was quite rough with his rubbing Rassi, he was rubbing so hard that there was hair flying all over the place. Troy mentioned that he was a bit rough, but I added that although he was patting hard, Rassi didn’t move away, which mean he was enjoying it.
We went around the room and everyone patted Rassi, and we noticed that he will go up to them but doesn’t push in UNTIL they touch him, then he leans into them.
But the exciting bit was, one old lady patted him. It was only one finger, but she hasn’t liked the dogs and never touched them, until yesterday.
An old man in a wheelchair was patting Rassi and talking to him, and Troy said that until then, he had never spoken while the dog and handler were there, but yesterday he was talking to Rassi and me and patting Rassi.
We then went to the dementia ward and saw a woman standing in the hall. Troy said she usually runs away and hides, but yesterday, she stood there and patted Rassi and spoke to him.
So I am super proud of Rassilon the wonder working dog.
After a long walk and visit, we were both worn out.
Oh, Troy was also super impressed and said that Rassilon will be getting TOP MARKS. One more judged visit and we will be on our own as qualified Therapy Dog Visitors.