Meet Dalmatian Therapy Dog “Sparks” at NYS Grange Family Center at Empire Farm Days August 7-9
“Sparks,” a Certified Therapy Dog, and his owner Elizabeth “Tibbie” Dell are sure to be a popular addition to the NYS Grange Family Center’s daily programs at Empire Farm Days August 7-9, 2012, at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls.
At 9:30 am each day, Dell and her brown-spotted Dalmatian “Sparks” will share the story of how the champion show dog also became an American Kennel Club (AKC) Certified Canine Good Citizen and a Therapy Dog International practitioner.
“Sparks is trained to visit nursing homes, schools, and hospitals to offer some special TLC to seniors, children and patients,” says Dell. “Sparks’ specialty is as a ‘Tail Waggin’ Tutor’ at libraries where he helps children develop their reading skills and build self-esteem.”
Sparks also offers fire safety demonstrations on how to “stop, drop, and roll” and “go low under the smoke.”
Sparks and Dell will follow a 9am talk on how to train dogs by Peter Lawatsch, whose own search and rescue dog “ObiWanCanoga” was a popular presenter at the Grange Family Center at Empire Farm Days for several years. The 12-year-old Rottweiler recently died.
Dell will have resource materials from Therapy Dog International and about responsible dog ownership from the AKC at her presentations.
The Empire Farms Days’ Grange Center schedule includes:
• 9:00-9:15 Dog Training Talk with Peter Lawatsch
• 9:15-9:30 Certified Therapy Dog “Sparks” with Tibbie Dell
• 9:35-9:45 Council on Alcoholism
• 9:50-10:10 Just Relax Massage
• 10:15-11:00 Health Solutions Unlimited
• 11:05-11:50 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County activities
• 12:00-12:50 NYS Grange Youth
• 1:00-1:25 Seneca County Historical Society
• 1:30-1:55 Youngivity with Lon & Mary Johnson
• 2:00-2:55 Music of Your Life
• 3:00-‘til Tues & Thurs Only: Pocket Change Band
• 3:00-‘til Wednesday Only: Jerry & Friends Band.
Empire Farm Days includes DairyProfit and Equine seminars; live animals; 600-plus representatives of agricultural institutions and organizations; and tractor and ATV test drives.
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