Karma: Service pup in training
by Vicki Gentilman
(Sarasota, FL USA)
The face I fell in love with
In September I saw a puppy on Facebook that took my breath away. Against all of my senses I knew I HAD to have that pup. She had been thrown out of a moving car in Knoxville, TN. She wasn't hurt but needed a home. It took about a week and a half to arrange things but she caught a flight from Knoxville to Macon, GA, with Pilots and Paws then some friends picked her up and drove her to Zephyrhills, FL, where we picked her up. I was already in love even before I caught a glimpse of her polka dotted tongue. That was TOO cute! :-)
Right away she knew my husband was her person. He lost his partner, Hannah, in January and still wasn't sure he was ready for a new partner but Karma knew he needed her. Although she loves training with me, she wants him in her sight. I love that she loves him!
Beside learning basic commands, house manners and housebreaking, Karma is learning tasks that will help Billy with daily living. In 3 months she has learned: sit, down, wait, get it, bring, give, tug, up touch, go, under, crawl, place (heel), side (on right side) go through, right about, left left, right, left, over right, over left and around. She can take off shoes and socks, tug on jacket sleeves or pant cuffs and do automatic or controlled retrieval. She will be 6 months old in two weeks!