Kisses’ Page

 

Woof!!  My name is Kisses!

In the late summer of 2004, I was rescued from a shelter by a man named Howard.  I went to live with Howard and Barbara who were my foster parents. My foster parents would take me to the adoption days to try and find me a "forever home".  At the adoption days, people walked by me (the calm chocolate lab) with no interest; they wanted a leaping, boisterous lab; they didn’t understand I was presenting my indoor manners.  Finally, after several months of adoptions, I told Howard I’d already found my “forever home”; I was not going to any more adoptions. 

I moved in with Howard and Barbara with great joy!!  I certainly was a help with the other foster dogs that came to the house to be sheltered.  I’d make sure everybody got along; if there was a problem, I was there to be the “mommy” and straighten out the problem.  It was amazing.

I am so friendly, calm, and sweet that Howard decided to broaden my horizons.  First I passed the tests to become a member of “Happy Tails”; with this organization I earned the privileged of visiting children’s homes, nursing homes, etc. to “visit” with the patients.  I even visited the “pregnant but needing bed rest” ladies at Northside Hospital!   Never one to be idle, I have passed muster to become a member of Therapy Dogs, Inc. as well as the Delta Society.  Additionally, Howard and I traveled to Virginia for an intense four day seminar so I could become a crisis relief dog with “HOPE”; their goal is animal assisted crisis relief, i.e. visiting with the relief workers who may be stressed from dealing with disasters.  In this program I'm  even allowed to travel on major airlines, riding under Howard’s seat.

This past winter I first began reading with the children at the Telluride, Colorado library program.  Howard and I enjoyed the experience so much that we again attended classes and became members of “READing Paws” here in Georgia.  I really enjoy lying beside the children and listening to the stories they read to me; I really enjoy it when they pet my head and scratch my ears.  I might even bestow a kiss or two  . . .

You can email me at Kisses@readingpaws.org