It’s taken five months for this beautiful moment to happen. Lucia (bear cub) has been observing Vito at a safe distance since he joined our home last fall. Through a lot of patience, positive training, careful management, and my husband’s help, we have this! I’ll let this photo speak for itself.
Full disclosure: this happened while I was busy on another work conference call this morning. I’m truly grateful for my colleagues patience as I narrate what’s happening in real time, sharing my joy as I offer treats to Vito and the kittens, and use my human distraction training as a teaching opportunity. We are all animal lovers and know what juggling their care and training is like while we try to get work done. I’m so grateful! Way to go, Vito and Lucia! #tortie#rhodesianridgeback#catsanddogs#catanddogintroductions#patience#positivetraining#myloves#cat#dog#family#gratitude #explorethejoyoflearningtogether
Thank you to the talented and amazing Deb Jones for including mine and Santino’s name in her new Cooperative Care book. It’s an honor to be mentioned along side of other colleagues that contribute their brilliant skills to animal care and training. To also be noted in the same paragraph with my first professional training mentor (Ken Ramirez) is perfect.
Deb, you are a class act. Thank you for this lovely surprise and more than generous mention. You inspire me in countless ways. Thank you! Please come back to Chicago and visit our home again. Santino misses you, and the kittens and Vito cannot wait to meet you. Plus, Jim will cook for you. Win-win!
Congratulations on your new publication and success! @drdebjones@ken_ramirez_kpct#colleagues#collaboration#friends#gratitude#book#cooperativecare#readysetforgroomerandvet #husbandryathome #explorethejoyoflearningtogether