So Who Am I?
My name is Shirley Dawson. I’m retired and in my early 60’s. My husband, Mel, is still working while I get to enjoy retirement. I grew up in Arkansas in the same small city we live in now, White Hall. I worked for 33 years with the FDA in various capacities, mostly in the IT arena. But now, I enjoy surfing the internet, reading lots, photography and painting.
I grew up with lots of dogs and cats and love them. Especially dogs, can be wonderful companions and they are great when you are a little down. They love you without strings and are so loyal. I’ve had some success training previous dogs to site and come and fetch, but this will be my first great push for a true obedience trained pet. I’m definitely going to get some help from professional trainers and classes along the way.
I have several health issues at this stage of my life, not the least is degenerative discs in my lower back. This makes it pretty impossible for me to walk more than a few steps without tremendous pressure and then pain. So I do use a cane and a wheelchair. The cane when I only have a few steps to go and the wheelchair for anything more than that. That’s the reason I’m particularly interested in training Bo to be a service dog for me. I would love to have help fetching and carrying small items, opening and closing doors and turning lights on/off for me and whatever else I can teach him to do to help me.
I’m also a diabetic and would love to train Bo as a Diabetic Alert Dog also. But this one I’m not sure I will be able to do, we will see.
I’m definitely looking forward to this challenge and seeing how working with Boaz will turn out for me. In any case, I’m definitely going to give this a real try. Blessings.
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