Last year while working on the 2015 goals for LoveyLoaves Rescue, I felt led to approach our local schools to see if I could talk to children about specially-abled dogs and how meaningful and enriching their lives can be. Our children are such an important part of our community, but they often get overlooked because, well... they are children.
The idea of speaking in schools has been a difficult one for me because I don’t generally bond with children. I had been procrastinating with the follow through of this because of my hang-up, and I basically dropped the ball. Well, apparently God felt that I needed a pretty big push. In January, I was contacted by Legacy Middle School and was asked to come share some insight into LoveyLoaves with their students.
Two weeks ago, Colby and I met with the middle school's College & Career Club. We talked about LoveyLoaves mission and vision and what disabilities we deal with in the rescue, but we mostly talked about Colby. Colby is always such a handsome charmer when he gets among a crowd. He loves people, especially children, and he only wants to please them. I explained Colby’s story and medical background. Colby was a perfect gentleman while I demonstrated putting him in his cart and taking him out. We answered a lot of questions and provided insight into a day in the life of Colby as a specially-abled dog.
The kids were excited to see us and learn about Colby. He received a lot of kisses and cuddles. He was such a happy lil’ boy with all the attention. Colby has always been a great example of what LoveyLoaves stands for and attends events often. Colby has the ability to make children smile and laugh while they learn what makes him different. He shows them that even though he is different, his life has meaning and what a valuable lesson that is for our next generation.
If you know of a local school that would like to meet Colby and learn more about specially-abled dogs, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.