Saturday, August 15, 2009

Re-certification and Blueberry Cookies

The picture is Kim, Monty's foster mother, Montana and Zipper, Kim's dog who was in training to be a service dog but had a problem with his leg, so Kim became his owner.

Tuesday, Montana and I took our re-certification test at the mall. The head trainer met us and watched as I took Montana out of the car, checking that I did it safely for him. We then went into the mall, and she had me do things like stop walking to make sure he stopped at the same time without being told. I put him in a sit position, told him to wait, and walked about 30 feet away. I then told him to come, which he did, straight to me. We then went into a small store (Hallmark) that had narrow isles so that Elizabeth could see that Montana stayed right by my side and didn't try to sniff anything on the shelves. There were more things involved, which I won't bore you with, but we passed (didn't have any doubts that we would).

Tuesday evening, we went to Partner's class. That was so much fun. They had set up a small agility course, and the partners and their dogs took turns trying it out. The dogs also had to pick up toys and put them in a basket. They also had a wicker basket full of toys that the dogs had to pick up and carry. It was a great class.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 6 Tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup Cream of Wheat (uncooked)

  • 1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)

  • 1 cup blueberries

Mix ingredients. Shape into balls and squash flat as for cookies. Bake 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.

I use these cookies as part of his meal, breaking them up into small pieces. I also add 1/2 cup of cooked veggies and sometimes a little applesauce or cottage cheese.