To fulfill my training requirement, I'm volunteering on Mondays at the Pima Animal Shelter as a dog walker. And dammit, I'm going to be the best dog walker! :) No, I actually love talking to the dogs and giving them hugs and running around with them until they're smiling.
Also, I want to help them get adopted and a happy dog is an appealing dog. So I'm working with them to work their adoption face and best assets. I admit, I've watched a few episodes of America's Next Top Model, so I thought about Tyra and tried to give them pointers when I could. Some needed a little more help than others.
Here are a couple of the models I walked.
Butch--He didn't need much help with his adoption face as he sauntered with the confidence of a pure bred German Shepard and a demeanor of a true gentleman. He could easily win the heart of any lady.
And then there was Moo--with a name like Moo, he's going to need some help. Moo is a pointer mix and a sweetheart but he likes to howl like a hound dog and add some whimpers in. I told him to give me his best pointer pose but he just whimpered :( So instead I decided to howl in unison with him, and then when I gave him a pat on the head and a quick snuggle, he immediately was quiet. It was pretty endearing.
Perhaps Meadow will grow up and acquire the sophistication of my former dog, Louise! (Who lives with my friend now--thank goodness she has a good home.)