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Author Topic: Derby's going to school again today, and this time...  (Read 4278 times)
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« on: April 14, 2008, 04:24:26 AM »

He's Ready!



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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008, 04:31:30 AM »

How cute! Derby is going to be the coolest kid in class for sure!
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008, 08:05:48 AM »

UPDATE:  We had another great day at school. Derby got to spend some more one-on-one time with some of the kids and helped with their therapy sessions. I didn't get a chance to take too many pictures because I was having too much fun teaching the kids how to help Derby do his tricks and dancing with one of the boys, but here's what I did take:

Derby and Kayla


Derby and Tylee (this little boy has severe autism and they can't get him to focus on anything, but he's been asking for Derby every day since we were there last. They are amazed that he focuses on Derby and the teachers almost broke into tears when he told Derby "down" and gave him a treat).



Derby and LeeLee



Derby giving kisses



Derby goofin' around on the playground.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 10:40:50 AM »

That's awesome! I want to try and train penny as a therapy dog one day
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2008, 10:42:03 AM »

Oh, thank you for the pictures.  I almost cried too!  Binky and I are hoping to do something similar now that she has her CGC and you and Derby have definitely inspired me!
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2008, 03:02:57 PM »

Good job Derby!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2008, 09:27:14 AM »

Thanks for all the comments! Derby's head is swelling now. He really is a special boy. They want him to come back every week now until the end of school. I like doing it just as much as he does and I know I get just as much out of it as the kids do. We are very blessed.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2008, 01:06:31 AM »

As a person who works in mental health, I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful thing that you and Derby are doing.  I've thought of introducing Raja to some of my clients, but she's too big.  And Bo, he really is wild and crazy (flunked out of dog school twice - I believe the exact words "some dogs shouldn't breed" came up - don't worry he's neutered).  And Shadow, she really is a cat.
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2008, 09:14:30 AM »

Aww!! Derby looks like he was a hit!  What a wonderful thing to do! 

But, umm...(Sorry to be Debbie Downer here!), I think that you probably need to remove the pictures, as posting pictures of these children in a treatment setting likely breaches confidentialit y.  Plus, I wouldn't want anything to happen to keep Derby from helping out in the future! Sorry....it's just the psychologist in me! 
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2008, 10:25:23 AM »

My mom is a nurse administrator and she said the same thing. These kids are in a public school, though - not a treatment facility so the same rules don't apply, but I more than appreciate you watching my back!

On a side note, Derby and I went again last Friday and the principal has invited us to attend their graduation next Friday. She said we are officially now part of the school so we should be there.
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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2008, 11:48:17 AM »

Oh good!!  Yay, Derby!!!!!!  Does Derby have a graduation hat?Huh? Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2008, 12:12:23 PM »

no. I looked at PetSmart and PetCo for something fetching to wear, but they didn't have anything fancy.
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2008, 12:18:43 PM »

check out the toy stores or "build a bear".  They might have grad hats for dolls, bears, etc.
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