Cowboy is still a young dog, but he is learning fast.
A little background story. Decades ago, I was a Sophomore Homecoming Attendant. (not sure what they are called now) Part of this process was to walk on the football field during halftime at the Homecoming Game.
My problem was I had to find an escort (a boy from my class) to walk with me. All the boys I knew had girlfriends or were on the football team. I did not know who to ask.
*and a little side note is that no one asked me to the dance. I was required to go. My best friend's boyfriend's friend went with me. Now how can a person be liked enough by classmates to be voted to represent the class, but can't get a date? I laugh about this now, but I was crushed at the time*
Anyway, in my class there was a sweet shy boy named Craig. I asked Craig to be my escort. I asked him because he was one of the nicest guys in my class. However, I did not think about the fact that he was shy.
(teenage girls do not think).
(teenage girls do not think).
However, Craig was a real hero. He was a gentleman and the best escort any girl could wish for.
Now, fast forward to over 35 years later and to the day of Facebook. Yep, Craig is one of my Facebook friends. Of course, all my Facebook friends get to hear about Companion Dogs Plus.
One day Craig asked if I would take a dog into my program that his son had rescued from a kill shelter. The family was not ready to take on a large, high energy dog.
I do not usually pull dogs that are in homes. We try to rescue dogs that are in danger of dying in a shelter.
However, I owed Craig a favor. Don't you agree? So, I said I would look at the dog.
Good thing I did, Cowboy is a perfect dog for our program.
Cowboy is being trained as a Service Dog for an Autistic child. Some Autistic children wander away from their parents while in public. If the child cannot communicate (which is usually the case), the child is in danger.
The solution is Cowboy. Kate, our trainer, is teaching Cowboy to tether. Meaning, when in public the boy and dog are connected by the dog's harness. If the boy starts to leave the parent, the dog stops and will not
move. If the child unhooks the tether, the dog will alert the parents. And if all this fails, the dog can track the boy. "search and rescue his child"
Isn't this amazing?
Cowboy takes his job very seriously. He keeps the child with him at all times. If the child attempts to leave the parent, Cowboy becomes a statue.
It is so cool to watch this.
Someday Cowboy will be teamed up with an Autistic child and family. Someday Cowboy will keep the child safe because Cowboy loves his job.
Isn't it amazing how life works.
Thank you to Craig and everyone who helped rescue Cowboy.
Thank you to Kate and the rest of our staff for taking care of and for training Cowboy.
I will post updates on Cowboy.
He does need sponsors for his training. If you would like to donate to Cowboy's training, simply click on the paypal button on the top of this page or sent a check to
Companion Dog's Plus
P.O. Box 718
Greencastle, IN 46135