This summer has been great! Training a therapy rat in the hot months definitely has its drawbacks, but we made it. Time for cooler weather and rat burritos!
June & July
|"Why am I such a misfit? JK, I'm the best rodentist around!" -Xavier|
Rat Life Magazine Article
We had a little interview with Rat Life Magazine! It is really fun to answer frequently asked questions and inform others about what we do.
During Oliver's last month with us, we participated in the Read with Me program with Pet Partners. We went to a library and a kid would read to Oliver. This helps with their confidence in reading. I really wanted to continue doing this with Vincent, so I went to a workshop for a similar program called R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs).
It was very informative and gave me tons of ideas on how to make this program work for therapy rats and their handlers. Because of Vincent's excellent basket skills, I think this would be a good fit for him since he would have to sit and listen to a child reading to him for 20 minutes at a time. This could also be a regular gig for him since we could meet every week. I'm always looking at how we can increase his impact and Reading with Rats could be the next thing.
|"Would you read with me?"|
We popped in during an event hosted by TigerFlight, which is a non-profit where pilots take kids up in planes and My Summit Quest, which is an organization that provides events for families and kids affected by cancer. Vincent was unfazed by the planes and enjoyed meeting new people!
Training in Cartersville
Pet Parade in Sandy Springs
We decided to head over to Sandy Springs, Georgia to participate in their annual pet costume contest that is part of the Sandy Springs Festival. Vincent did really well despite it being pretty warm. We didn't win any prizes, but we brought a lot of smiles!
It's a Rat's World Magazine Article
We were honored to be interviewed by It's a Rat's World Magazine! We went really in-depth with training information and really enjoyed answering some great questions. Be sure to check it out!
Vincent's Pet Partners Evaluation
You can see our evaluation here:
|We celebrated with a cake! (Walmart tried their best)|
We celebrated with a cake which Vincent and Xavier had a blast with. We took some awesome photos. You can see the rest on our Facebook page.
Blessing of the Animals
|Vincent with Father John|
Midterm De-Stress at Berry College
Looking into the future for Vincent, I see participating in a reading program or two and lots more de-stressing and PR events for Compassionate Paws. Really excited to get his career going!
Wish Vincent "Good Luck" in the comments below!