Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dakota Does Good

There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound. ~Diana Cortes

We had a busy, fun day yesterday. An old neighbor was in town and stopped by with her two boys. They are so funny, and so completely different in demeanor. The oldest (who is just over a year younger than DD) is loud, extroverted, not shy in the least, confident and funny. We'll call him Boy1. The younger of the two (who is two years younger than his brother) is quiet (he actually has some speech problems, and had to go through therapy), introverted, and far less confident. He's also mildly afraid of dogs. He is, of course, Boy2.

When they showed up, I let Dakota out. When she lived here, I had my other (much larger) dog and they never had problems -- but Boy2 was only a toddler when they left, and has apparently had some bad episodes with dogs jumping and knocking him over, so he refused to get down. His mom carried him inside, where he sat on my breakfast bar.

But, Dakota showed just what a fabulous dog she is -- and proved to me again that she'd make a good therapy dog. She settled right down when I asked, just laid quietly on the floor and didn't move. Finally, after much thought and evaluation, Boy2 got down and joined in with DD and Boy1 playing. When Dakota STILL didn't get up, he got brave and petted her. At this point, I grabbed some treats and put her through her dog and pony show (sit, shake, high five, bow, down, roll over, etc). When I gave him treats to do the same, he fell in love.

From that point on, they were inseparable. He wanted Dakota with him everywhere. His mom almost cried and when Dakota finally had a break, so got down on the floor and hugged her.

It was great to see my friend again. I sure miss her and her kids...


You Should Be Elected US Senator

You have a strong interest in political issues - both on a state and local level.

You love to debate for debating's sake. You could argue for hours.

You are dignified and well spoken. People naturally want to give you authority.

You are a wheeler and dealer. You are willing to compromise a little to get what you want.

Ha... Look out world!! LOL.... and the explanation is about 75% right.



MJFredrick said...

How awesome YOU were to think about giving him the treats for Dakota.

Dru said...

That was beautiful what Dakota gave to Boy#2.

You Should Be Elected Mayor

You're the type of person who will never forget where you came from. Roots are important to you.

When it comes to what's important, friends and family always come first. You believe charity starts at home.

You tend to know what's going on with everyone in your neighborhood. You aren't a gossip, but you are involved.

You are proud of where you come from, and you're dedicated to making your hometown a better place.

It's 90% accurate.

Have a good Wednesday.

MomJane said...

What a sweet story. Hope you had a great visit.

This is about 75% correct.

You Should Be Elected President of the United States
You've always been an ambitious person, and you're willing to put in lots of hard work.
You'll stop at nothing until a job is well done. You are dedicated and conscientious.

You are willing to take responsibility and make hard decisions. You are good at taking other people's needs into account.
You are tough and ruthless when you need to be. However, you also have a compassionate side that's unbelievably kind.

Xeranthemum said...

I got: You Should Be Elected Mayor

Obvioulsy Honesty keeps you local.

Awesome story about the visit. Dakota already did her first therapy session and it was a resounding success!
Bet you are a proud 'momma'

Brandy said...

Aww, Dakota is a good girl. I'm glad you had a chance to visit and that your friends son enjoyed Dakotas company so much.

Quiz Results: You Should be Elected Mayor.

I'd say it's about 75% correct.

Hope you're having a good day!

Maria Zannini said...

Took me all day, but I finally got in.

YAY for Dakota. What a good girl.

You raised her right.

Tori Lennox said...

Aww, that story's got me all sniffly. :)