A Sweet Ending to an Amazing Experience

What’s better than having an ice cream party to celebrate the success of the Teen Trainers Program? Actually, there are a few things that I found even more rewarding than this sugary treat (even though I’ll admit that the ice cream did help).

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One Dog Can Make a Difference: In Memory of Buster

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A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way

What do two pet sitters, two owners of therapy dogs, an animal control officer, the devoted human partner of a search and rescue dog, and two wildlife rehabilitators have in common? First of all, they were guest speakers for the Teen Trainers program held in July and early August. Second, all of them talked about how they devote part of their lives to better the lives of non-human animals and people as well. And third, they were all able to hold the attention of eight to ten teenagers for more than a half an hour.

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A Rocky Road to Success

Tasha is a sweet and playful beagle at HHS, but she was just not right for training in a large group. I had to ensure the well-being of both the dogs and Merrimac participants throughout the program, which presented a constant and unavoidable challange. (http://www.heritagehumanesociety.org/gallery/index.htm)

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At-Risk Kids + Shelter Dogs = One Interesting Sharpe Project

Miley is a pit-bull type (there is no such thing as a "pit-bull" breed) from the Heritage Humane Society - she was being trained in the Teen Trainers Program. Her sweet disposition and intelligence made her excel in training. During training classes, she failed to fit in the typical pit-bull stereotype of being a mean and dangerous dog. Unfortunately, this stereotype often discourages people from adopting a wonderful dog like Miley.

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