We're celebrating that little Oklahoma bust dog again ... Vessa just passed her Therapy Dog test with Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services with flying colors!
She'll follow in her pit/mix brother Tahoe's paw prints by visiting nursing homes, facilities for disabled or seriously ill children, hospital rehabilitation wards, the Children's Shelter and psychiatric facilities in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, California. Next Saturday counts as her first ever visit.
Many congrats to her proud people, Bruce and Alven.
Good Guy Karma
We like it when good things happen to good guys. Assistant US Attorney Mike Gill, who prosecuted the case that put Mike Vick in jail, earned a big promotion recently and is now the deputy criminal chief in the Richmond office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. We embarrassed him by sending him a bouquet of flowers after Judge Hudson approved Mike's recs to send the dogs to rescue, (I forgot ... you're not supposed to 'gift' federal employees) but he really did deserve those flowers, along with so many other heroes.
Mike was interviewed for Jim Gorant's book "The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Pit Bulls and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption," which is due out in September, 2010.
Conference Events 2010
We're filling up our schedule for 2010. BR will be representing the breed at the NACA Conference (National Animal Control Association) in Columbus Ohio May 21-22. We'll be back east to present at the ASPCA's Spay/Neuter Summit late summer (dates to be announced) and then to Nashville TN in September to present on pit bulls at a smaller two day 'Pit Bull Summit' organized by the Nashville Humane Association. Stay tuned for firm dates/locations for these last two events.
And yes, before we get too busy with all of that travel, we plan to have a party to cut the ribbon on that barn you're helping us build!