Whew! Talk about stress. All these people were sitting around on chairs looking at me.
I did not like it. It was really hard to pay attention when you asked me to follow you around
and lie down when you told me to. I like to lie down when I feel like lying down which I
demonstrated right in the middle of the test. I needed to show them I could lie down. One of my
distractions was the distinct smell of bacon on the table behind the nice lady who kept telling us
what to do.
I wanted the bacon in a big way. That was a problem because you wouldn’t give me any. I am
used to getting treats when I do what you want, and sometimes even just because I’m so cute.
The third time you asked me to lie down, you smoothed the hair back away from my eyes and I
could see your eyes, and your eyes showed me love and patience and confidence that you knew
I was just kidding all along. I knew what to do. So I did it.
Now we can go back to the airport and back to the University of Minnesota, and well, just a lot
of places where I love to go sporting my special “North Star Therapy Dog” scarf and leash. You
wear your badge that says Pet Partners. I am your partner. I’ll always be your partner. I may be
nine years old, but we ain’t done yet.
Advice from Oliver: If you don’t pass the first time, you may need to go back to school to be a better dog. I know I did, and we’re better off for it. You gave me lots of treats and love afterwards, but you would’ve done that anyway.