I have to update you on Jo’s stats. She has gained 16 pounds in six weeks, grown 6 inches from collar to butt, and 6 inches from floor to top of her collar. She has very large, beautiful paws.
She went back to Ilana’s class yesterday and it was so moving to see these children interact with her. I fed her there and they all put their hands in the bowl while she was eating. They fed her and pulled at her and she was so calm. Ilana said, “Mom, Jo seems to know when she is supposed to play bite and when she isn’t.” The most moving experience was with a little boy named Joey who is very afraid of dogs and has some special needs. I will send a picture of him with Jo. He loves Jo and the teacher was tearful as she watched the two of them interact. The teachers have asked how fast she can become a therapy dog. They would like to use her in school to have children read to her. There is a lot of data that suggests that children who have difficulty reading or speaking will read to a dog and it helps their literacy. Our local library and other local schools are looking for the same thing. Jo helping kids with literacy! WOW! I did not imagine this. Thank you and Cadence, and Funny for her 🙂
Jo is from the D-litter Negus x Cadence
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