Viking Jan 2015 IMG_0655Hard work can come in many forms. Sometimes our work as Service Dogs In Training requires us to be very active and aware of our surroundings – to be able to be ‘on’ at all times when needed. Another skill that’s just as important is to be able to turn it ‘off’. Sometimes the situation requires us to just ‘chill’, which means we are not in an active state, but also our calmness permeates our environment!
 This day was special in my raiser Judi’s calendar as we accompanied her father, who is dealing with dementia, to a neurologist appointment. I made it my goal to put everyone around me in a state of bliss – this photo shows how to do it; just lie back and meditate on something pleasant. Clearly focussing on a giant orange bone did it for me, but maybe a beautiful vista, your favorite music or a someone you love could take you to that place. I’m pretty proud that I could offer some comfort during a stressful time in my special person’s life.
Submitted by our sensational PADS Puppy-in-Training, Viking, and his amazing PADS Volunteer Puppy Raiser, Judi Zaklin.