Sorry, I haven’t posted on here in a while. I give thanks to God for His blessings. Mercy did get her Therapy Dogs Inc. certification back in October. In fact, her certificate was issued the same day as my last post. It came in the mail a few days later. Mercy is visiting an assisted living home for now. My goal is to eventually take Mercy to visit with hurting children. I am working on that.
Mercy actually received her AKC Community Canine back in January.
Now, Mercy and I are taking Novice classes at Warrenton Kennel Club. I went to the park to practice our homework exercises for this class. After practicing our exercises, Mercy had a play-date with her other Golden Retriever pal Bauer. My pockets were full of bags of treats and my homework handouts, so it was hard to fit my keys in them. My friend and I were both giving Mercy treats for being such a good girl. Then it was time to say goodbye. When I reached into my pocket to grab my keys, they weren’t there. Mercy and I therefore wandered back to the field where she and Bauer had been running and playing. I was already worrying about other things like finances, my cell phone having issues and Mercy’s weight. I nearly lost it. I knew what it would entail in both hassle and expense to get new keys re-made. I knew God wouldn’t let me down, but had I not found my keys, my faith would been crushed. I even asked Mercy to sniff out my keys for me. Finally, I saw them in the middle of the field. Praise God! After I picked the keys up, I looked up to the beautiful late afternoon sky with alto-stratus clouds and a last quarter moon, and while hugging my keys, gave God thanks.
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Hello everyone. It has been quite the time the last few weeks. Mercy did a fantastic job at the assisted living facility during her second observation visit for getting certified with Therapy Dogs Incorporated. She needs one more visit before I can send in the paperwork for her vest. I will be taking her to a children’s health fair this Saturday so she can give some comforting love to some low-income Manassas City residents needing health care. In the meantime, I will need to raise money for my ministry. You can check out general Golden Retriever gifts, by clicking -> http://www.cafepress.com/+golden+gifts?aid=114375318&aid=114375318 I have also created a product line on Café Press named Cool Golden, featuring Mercy. http://www.cafepress.com/mf/83430786/cool-golden_magnets
I also have a link to dogbreedstore check out
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I had a blast at Dewey beach over the weekend. It was awesome. We partook in the first annual Dewey’s Golden Jubilee in Dewey Beach Delaware. We walked Mercy on the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach with the other Goldens on Friday night during the GoldRush to the Boardwalk and had a cool time on Saturday at the beach. Mercy really enjoyed running around and swimming in the ocean. At times, she even stood by my son, looking over him and protecting him. It was a great relaxing time for our whole family. We enjoyed the bayside as well where we watched a sunset. We also had breakfast on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk on Sunday morning before departing the Delaware beaches. Mercy behaved really well at the restaurants too. It was all in all a great trip!
You wouldn’t believe what just happened. We have a door to separate the dining room from the living room. We decided to put Mercy in the dining room for a timeout while we were chilling in the living room. We heard the phone ring and that’s when we discovered that the door was locked. The downstairs phone in on the wall in the dining room. We were not able to get the door open. Meanwhile, the phone went unanswered and Mercy whimpered behind the door. My husband Peter tried to go to the other side and climb the fence to open the back door, but was unable to. We live in a townhouse. Then he asked me to come back there with him so he could help me over. I was very scared. I was concerned about Peter being able to lift me up. At first he asked me to step into his hands so he could lift me up like stepping into a stirrup before climbing on a horse. Alas, he wasn’t quite strong enough. Peter’s 55 and 6’3′. He then asked me to grab the top of the fence post so he could boost me up. That worked. He put the back door keys into my hand. I was straddling the 6′ wooden fence. I used to climb 4′ chain link fences all the time as a child, but this was a little different. “I’m 37, not 10!” I cried. But I grabbed his hand, and I grabbed the top of the fence and let my feet down. I rubbed my arms and stomach a bit, but I am otherwise okay. I unlocked the back door and Mercy could not be more pleased to see me. Her tail was wagging so hard.
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First of all, I wanted to share with you that Mercy passed her Therapy Dogs Incorporated exam. For membership, she also needs to pass 3 observation visits. Her first observation was with a food pantry. She did wonderful in there. It was great seeing these low-income people struggling being comforted by Mercy. Two of the observations have to be done in a nursing home. She visited the first nursing home yesterday. When the observer greeted her, however, she jumped on her. It was a shock to both of us. The observer almost failed me, but praise God she didn’t. Instead, she is now requiring that I go for a 4th observation, yet tomorrow’s observation visit is already taken. Go figure! Just keep up the patience and faith! I tried to have a meetup at a regional park on the river, and the one Golden Retriever person who signed up said she would come, but didn’t. I decided to take Mercy for a lone swim anyway. When I was ready to head to the car, Mercy ran off and still soaking wet, disturbed two people laying on a beach blanket. They were screaming like the people in the movies do when dogs jump on the dinner table. Yuk Yuk! I was disappointed in myself and Mercy once again. But I am over this. The last thing, and three times the charm, I tried to plan for a meeting for the ministry I am trying to found, Mercy Therapuetic Ministries through meetup.com. As I told you last month, Mercy passed the Canine Good Citizen test on August 9th. I thought the test would be on August 2nd, the last day of class, so I planned for my pilot meeting to take place on the 9th. Lo and behold, while I was taking the Canine Good Citizen exam, the people signed up came to my door. My husband had to tell them I was out with my dog. I then planned another meeting. She had to cancel on me. I then planned another meeting, tonight to be exact. After I was already facing humiliation from the wet dog disturbs relaxing people incident, which happened today also, when I didn’t think it could get any worse, I noticed that the time for my guest to arrive had come and went. I decided to check online to see if she might be running late. Alas, I discovered that she had written me yesterday to confirm if I had remembered if she was coming tonight. I never got the message. I wrote her back immediately, begging her to come, but as of right now I still have not heard from her. A first impression is a lasting impression unfortunately, and now I am concerned that I lost a potentially excellent ministry partner. I invited God into this and I put this into his hands. That’s all I can do. In the meantime, I could sure use some encouragement and support so that I might be able to pay it forward and help someone else in need of comfort. Somebody else out there might also need to read this message knowing that they are not alone in their struggles.