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Therapy Dogs tested at The BASE

June 24, 2014

David Baikow, a Therapy Dogs International (TDI) certified evaluator (yellow shirt in background) with the tested dog teams. Jada Collins, pictured with Curt Silver’s Kara, gets some love from the pup.

Ten want-to-be therapy dogs, their owners, A-B Tech volunteers and therapy dog teams that frequent the A-B Tech campus came to the Haynes building at the Business Acceleration Site in Enka Saturday, June 14, where volunteer David Baikow, a Therapy Dogs International (TDI) certified evaluator, put 10 teams through their paces. All teams passed the in-depth test.

It included the creation of scenarios with children playing and hospital/skilled nursing care patients and supported medical equipment that would mimic situations the dogs might encounter. The dogs were observed mingling with them and one another and their manners were impeccable.  Basic obedience was included and the dogs had to pass every phase of the evaluation in order to be eligible to become a therapy dog registered with TDI.

Carol Baikow stands with their Rajit, a familiar site on the Asheville campus and at Madison where he visits with staff and GED students. Rajit was called upon to work part of the test.  Volunteer Paul Monitto and his J.R. also assisted along with volunteers Kelly Wolf, Fran Hutchins, Laurie Parkerson, Gay Carman, Sherri Davis, Madison Site Director and Jada Collins.

Jeralie Andrews, Coordinator of Volunteer and Intern Services, helped organized the event. “It is always nice being a part of an activity where there are so many well-behaved dogs and responsible owners. The participants were invited to come for orientation in the College’s volunteer services program once their paperwork from TDI is in order,” said Andrews.

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