LAW NEWS JUNE 2018
IT’S ME! JACK! H i. My name is Jack. You may know me from the famous section in CT Law News called “Where’s Jack?” Paul Levin and my awesome mom, Straight From the Dog’s Mouth how to interact with people in need, awkward strangers, and all types of medical equipement. One time, my mom put this piece of food on the floor, but I wasn’t allowed to eat it. I had to show the instructors that I could walk past it and not scarf it down. It’s what I think driving by Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks must feel like for humans. Another time, we were doing the 1–3 hours of weekly community work we were encouraged to do while training, and there were these shiny tile floors at the mall. Let me tell you, those things were really frightening. I used to be so scared of them. My mom said I froze the first time we went there. So one time, she brought this awesomely cool therapy dog friend of mine, Ronan. He’s a gigantic Irish wolfhound and boy is he brave. Ronan showed me that the floors weren’t scary, so then I went and walked with him, and it was all good. That’s what friends are for! Kelly Kasheta, thought it would be super fun if I got to tell you a little about myself … Hang on. I see a squirrel out front. Hey, squirrel! Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s me, Jack!
He doesn’t want to play. Sorry, where was I? Oh, that’s right. Me. Well, I met my super amazing family in 2015. They’re just the best. My mom, Kelly, loves me, feeds me, and lets me work with people to help with their needs. I’m so thankful for my mom. She adopted me when I was 2 years old. See, my previous mom was very sick, and she also loved me so much, so she decided to surrender me to a shelter so I could have a better life. When I was dropped off at Collie Rescue of the Carolinas, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. This super nice rescue lady named Jean knew just what to do. Luckily, Kelly had rescued two dogs before me from that shelter, and the awesome rescue lady knew exactly what I needed and where I belonged. You see, Jean and the CRC have placed over 1,000 collies in their time as a Collie Rescue. In the world of collies, I guess you could say I’m a little unusual. You see, my breed comes in four colors. I’m a white collie, which is not seen a lot. To be classified as a white collie, your body has to be at least 75 percent white. I’m also unique because I have a colored head. My mom knew this when she adopted me because she’s had collies her entire life. She understands our breed and knows all our health issues, grooming requirements, and the complications we have when we get older. When my mom and I started the process of becoming a therapy dog team, let me tell you, it was quite an undertaking. We had to go through a 12- week training course taught by Healers With Halos Therapy Dogs, a CT Chapter of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. They taught us a lot of stuff in lectures, which was great for my mom, and I was able to get some quality snooze time in. But once we reached the second half of the course, there was no napping. It was work, work, work. I had to learn new commands and
I became very close to my mom throughout this process. We developed this inseparable bond because of all the training we did together. Our awesome teachers taught us the “three T’s” of therapy training: touch, talk, and target. It put us totally in tune with each other.
“I’M ABLE TO COMFORT PEOPLE IN NEED AND BRING THEM JOY.”
Now that I’m a certified therapy dog, I get to have a job! Most dogs can’t say that. But like some of you humans
who work with my mom and Paul, I love what I do. I’m able to comfort people in need and bring them joy. There are so many humans who need what I can give, and I’m super fortunate to give it to them. We work at the VA hospital, The Caring Connection Adult Day Care, and St. Bernard School over the course of each month. I not only love visiting the patients, clients, and students, but it’s so rewarding to help all the awesome folks who work at these places. They are the best! When I put my vest on, it’s time to go to work. But once it’s off, I get to do my favorite thing ever — loving and snuggling on the couch. Well, I see my neighbors are out in the yard, and my siblings are barking at them like crazy. I should probably go say hi. I super duper loved talking to you guys. I hope we can hang out again because I love humans. My mom said I had a profound impact on her, but it’s you all who make me feel … Who’s at the door?! Who are you? Who are you? I’m Jack! Want to play?! –Jack Kasheta
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