Thursday, September 27, 2012

Week 1,2,3,4 of Taz's Tricks

Week 1, we taught Taz how to shake hands


Week 2 Taz  learnt to go and get her lead.

Week 3 we taught her to pull the door open


Week 4 - we didn't teach Taz this she figured out how to get the bin over all by herself.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Taz - Missy says "She is the best thing ever in her life"

 Well what a busy week we have had, with a school disco, musical performance night, where Missy did a group dance and H-Ho sang in the choir. Of course the highlight of the week was taking Taz to school for special news. Everyone that knows Missy at school(thats 220 kids) knew she had been waiting on her dog to arrive, so they were really excited for her to show Taz off. Taz handled all the kids really well ,  displaying her skills and beautiful nature.
Taz at the Park

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Taz - our precious gift from the Guide Dogs

If you follow this blog you will know Missy has been waiting, not so patiently for her Pets as Therapy dog from the Guide Dogs for over a year.
We were thrilled to get the call to say they think they have found a dog that may suit Missy and us. Taz (short from Topaz) arrived nearly two weeks ago and we all love her to bits. She settled in really well and it's quite a change for us to have a dog in the house. Missy and H-Ho just can't get enough of her.  You wouldn't know that Missy had a real fear of dogs as a younger girl, as now she just loves to lay over Taz, cuddle her tightly so she can't get away, hold her lead, sit on the floor with her, pat her, knock off food by accident from her table to the floor, knowing Taz will do the rounds of the floor. Missy loves to have Taz come in the morning and raise her paws on the side of her bed. You can see in the photo that we quickly taught Taz to step up onto Missy's footplate, so she can get more cuddles while she is in her chair. Tonight Missy drove into the lounge room, swung her legs off the footplate, pointed down to the footplate and Taz just took the cue, walked over and jumped up for pats.
Taz is quick learner and the kids love teaching her new tricks, the first week, we got her shaking hands and this week she has learnt to go and get her lead and bring it to us.
Taz is 15 mths old and comes to us from the Guide Dogs, she was raised by a devoted puppy raising family in Sydney for which we are very grateful, she has wonderful eating manners, has all the basic obedience training, has vast travel/adventures experience and is wonderfully toilet trained. Taz came with a letter and many photos from her puppy raising family showing her growing up.
We feel very lucky to be given Taz and we really appreciate the time and love puppy raisers give to their young dogs and the wonderful work Guide Dogs do for the vision impaired and many others with disabilities, all done without any government support/funding.