I have decided start directing Nibbler's training towards the requirements for therapy dogs. This was something that crossed my mind even before we brought her home. When I saw her picture, I knew she was the one for us, and the breeder told us a few weeks before we picked her up that she had a very laid back personality. And the thought crossed my mind, maybe she could do therapy? It has been something that I talked about with my boyfriend, and something I have considered doing. But it wasn't until recently that I realized that she could be great at it. I brought her with me to AJ's for a sandwich on the patio. A couple with two boys were sitting outside and they told me that they used to have a corgi, but he had recently passed away at 13 years old. They told me about how awesome of a dog it was and how much they missed it. One of the little boys asked to pet Nibbler and I said yes. Without me doing or saying anything, Nibbler immediately sat down as the boy crouched and she waited patiently. As he stroked her fur, she tilted her face up and kissed his cheek. Smiles broke out over the faces of the little boy and his parents.
It is with tears that I write this. I had been getting frustrated with training and wondering if therapy was something she could actually do. Yet when we go out she has the uncanny ability to make people smile and open up. She has a long way to go, definitely. She is only 7 months old and I know we still have a lot of training ahead of us. But there seem to be these moments with other people in which she becomes something more than just a dog. It's remarkable and can't quite be explained. She has a way of making people happy. So I am going to keep on training, and look for some training classes specific to therapy, and cross my fingers in hopes that she has what it takes.