Yesterday, Seva performed her very first service demo. We went to Minnetonka West Middle School and joined three other Helping Paws teams to show a group of 8th and 9th graders what we do. There were at least 60 kids in the large band room.
You know, Seva is the most sociable, excitable puppy, so I went into this expecting her to do well, but knowing that at any moment she could go berserk. We did have a little scene when she saw Chuda in the vestibule outside the front office. Seva stayed with Chuda a couple weeks ago when we went out of town, so they’re buddies. Seva was airborn with excitement. Fortunately, Chuda is older and set a more respectable tone (thanks to his trainer, Wendy!).
I recorded the demo, which took about an hour, and have edited out some short clips. The stars of the day (closest to the camera to farthest): Seva, 7 mos old, and Alida; Jed, 2 1/2 yrs old, and John; Chuda, 9 mos old, and Wendy; Aida, 1 1/2 yrs old, and Katy.
The dogs each do something amazing and we went in order of youngest to oldest, so you get a sense of the progression of skills.
Watch this if…
Intro: …you want to hear Katy talk a bit about Helping Paws and meet the trainer/dog teams.
Seva: …you want to see what a 7 month old puppy can do. Something funny happens when they clap for Seva.
Chuda: …you want to see what a 9 month old puppy can do.
Aida: …you want to see what a 1 1/2 year old dog can do.
Jed: …you want to see what a 2 1/2 year old dog can do.
Kids + Puppy: …you want to see Seva receive the kids’ love. I’m giving her kibble for keeping her paws on the floor. You see by her tail that she was excited to meet so many kids, but once again kibble saves the day!