Saturday, April 27, 2013

Back To 4 Paws

This past Thursday, Pebbles left the College of Wooster for good. We drove down to spend some time in Cincinnati, and then back up to Xenia to take Pebbles into the next stage of her life. After spending 5 months with Pebbles, she really has come a long way. Our first day with Pebbles doesn't even compare to our last. She used to travel from trash can to trash can, her nose overpowering any command that we tried to give her. 5 months later, it was a different story. While Pebbles still had her moments of weakness when there was a jar of peanut butter on the kitchen counter, she's a different dog. We couldn't be happier with the progress that she's made and can't wait to hear about the amazing things we know she's going to do someday.

We've had some ups and downs with Pebbles over the past few months, but this experience was truly an amazing one. All professors and faculty have been incredibly understanding about the work that we've been doing with Pebbles. Anytime Pebbles has been out around campus, whether it's in class, the library, Lowry, or somewhere else, we've had nothing but great responses. We just want to thank everyone that has helped us with this program and the great success that we have had.

One really awesome thing that we got to see at the facility in Xenia was Pebbles's brother, Chex. We couldn't believe how big he was! When we walked in, no one there believed that it was actually her because she's so small! We had no idea that Pebbles was so small for her litter, but she looks like the runt compared to her siblings. It's nice to know that Pebbles gets to hang out with her siblings while she's back at 4 Paws.

Pebbles has finished the chapter of her training with fostering. Now she'll move on into more specific training for her service, which hopefully will be search and rescue. Where Pebbles ends up depends on her strengths and weaknesses. If she is able to make it through her training and pass her test, then she'll be able to move on to help someone who could really use her. If she is able to pass her test, she'll have a graduation ceremony that we can go to and see how far she's come. We would love nothing more than to see her one last time to send her off to help someone.

As for next year, we're happy to report that there will be three 4 Paws dogs in training on campus in the fall! We've been able to expand and get people excited about what we're doing, which is exactly what we hoped for when starting this program last year. We'll be living in Kennedy Apartments. The school has had talk about gating off an area for the dogs to be able to socialize with one another and to do obedience work in, so we're really crossing our fingers that they can make it happen!

Also, keep a look at for fundraising for 4 Paws next semester because we can't wait to get something organized! We can't wait to get started on another semester with another dog. Thanks for all of the support!

And of course, we've included some pictures of Pebbles at the bottom!

Just a quick nom.

Colleen and Pebbles!

C'mon...she's got a pretty cute face.

Just playing in the backyard

Maddie and Pebbles!

Just a small amount of slobber...

A quick sniff.

Back at 4 Paws!



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