Happy Tails Dog Club Keeps Wagging!

Lorraine Wilson

The Robson Ranch Happy Tails Dog Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the CATC building, Room 103. We invite everyone who has a dog, is interested in dog-related topics, or just plain likes to hang out with some great dog people to join our club. New membership dues are $10 per household per year, and renewal is $5. Check out our club and our pets on our website, rrhappytailsdogclub.weebly.com.

Our April 9 Meet and Brag meeting was a rousing success. Over 20 dog owners participated in talking about their pet and hearing other’s stories. Our beloved pets came from many different rescue organizations, breeders, Craigslist, free puppy boxes, and even retired race dogs! Some of our dogs went through dreadful, neglectful beginnings, and yet they then found their forever homes with members of our club. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed talking about our canine companions, and there will be future meetings where we can do more of the same.

At our May 14 meeting we had a very special guest, Dr. Amanda Florsheim. Dr. Florsheim is a native Dallas veterinarian and certified behavior consultant-canine (CBCC-KA). She is the only veterinarian in the Dallas-Fort Worth area whose practice focuses exclusively on behavior medicine. Dr. Florsheim is the founder and owner of Veterinary Behavior Solutions and The Training Studio in Carrollton. Dr. Florsheim discussed common dog behavior problems, what the underlying cause could be, and how to handle them. Her expert advice was very much  appreciated by all the members who attended the meeting. With her busy schedule, we were very privileged to have Dr. Florsheim make the time for the Happy Tails Dog Club members!

At our June 11 meeting we will have a representative from Therapy Pals of Golden Triangle. Founded by Harriet Tunnell in 2006, it was the first therapy dog organization in North Texas to be recognized by the AKC. The organization proudly provides animal-assisted therapy at several locations in and around Denton County. They also offer a four-week course where dogs and handlers are introduced to the special skills needed to participate in animal-assisted therapy, including the added distractions of the sights and sounds of wheelchairs, walkers, and therapy equipment that the team may encounter on visits. The therapy class they offer also teaches the guidelines and proper etiquette for taking part in animal-assisted therapy. Mark your calendars now for this interesting presentation.