Nero the Super Therapy Dog!

I feel like I have met a distant cousin. Nero is a half lab and half akita mix. So am I! He’ll be 6 in July and I just turned 6. What is amazing is how different we look.

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Nero’s first day on the job!

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Sorry couldn’t crack a smile here!

Nero definitely looks more like an akita than I do with his pointy ears and rounder face. Dakota was sticking his tongue out at me, so my ears were back in a vulnerable position. It’s hard to write my blog and sometimes star in it and he just doesn’t help!

But it goes to show you that just like people, dogs can have the same background, but be completely unique. And exceptionally handsome in Nero’s case!!

Nero and Dakota have a connection since they both came from Tennessee and were in kill shelters. Nero was adopted by a wonderful family. My mom works with his mom, but Nero has a job. He is a therapy dog and has decided to do something positive in a world that at one point didn’t want him. That’s a hard pill for a dog to swallow. How could someone leave us to die? Dogs only want to show their love and be loved.

Nero and his mom, Diana. Love the matching outfits!

Nero and his mom, Diana. Love the matching outfits!

Nero trained to be a therapy dog after he visited his Uncle Dave who sadly was in hospice. I’ve never been there, but I know that people who are sick are sad and lonely. Nero could see that he made his uncle happy and also gave him some peace. That’s a special gift. It takes a lot of work for both Nero and his mommy to get trained. According to Nero, it was easy when he was being rewarded with treats. Who wouldn’t sit still if they knew they’d be getting some yummy shortly after. But when the treats didn’t come as often, it became harder. But then Nero thought about why he was doing this. Wasn’t it because he saw how he helped Uncle Dave? And didn’t he want to help others like his mommy and daddy helped him? Getting treats just isn’t as rewarding as giving back and making people smile. Talk about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and coming back with a calling. I like that Nero!

Being outside and walking around the neighborhood is one of Nero’s favorite activities. He’ll hang out in the yard while his dad is doing yard work. He’s definitely a people person, but keep him away from cats! High-five, Nero! I do not like cats and just like Nero I consider myself a hunter. I’ll have to ask him if he chases chipmunks too.

Part of the reason why I started writing my blog was because people misunderstood me. They thought my smile was really my attack face. Plus the fact that I am half akita turns some people off and makes them afraid. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover and you can’t judge a dog by his breed. Nero does say that everyone should ask his mom or dad first if they can pet him. He doesn’t know if he has to protect or if it’s safe when people approach his family. When his mommy says it’s ok then he can relax. But stay away from his face or tail. We dogs don’t like people putting their face in our face and our tail is personal. Please don’t touch it.

How mean can a dog be when he lays by his mom’s feet when she reads on the couch? Take the time to get to know Nero and you will be very pleased. Nero is kind, patient, philanthropic, and crazy for ┬áhis ball with the bumblebees in it! Hey, sometimes it doesn’t take much to please us.

Thank you, Nero, for your service and for taking the time to let the world know who you really are!

To My Mommy who Makes me Happy!

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Hey! Just a quick note while my mommy is enjoying some quiet time on the patio with her tea and books. Well not very quiet since Dakota keeps pushing a ball behind her butt, hoping she’ll throw it. He’s very patient and persistent. He’ll nudge it again and again. After a while, the slobber on the ball seeps into her shorts and she throws it to get rid of it. But Dakota thinks, “Game on!” And put it behind her over and over and over again.

I’m very lucky to have a mommy who loves me, who walks me, cuddles with me at night, and loves me no what what I do wrong. Let’s face it though. I’m pretty easy to love. Dakota? Well even though he is annoying, I guess he is easy to love, too.

I never had the chance to have babies, being a rescue dog. But I feel like I’m a mom to Dakota. We sleep close together, I clean his ears, and discipline him when he is really out of control. I love the big lug! There are all kinds of motherhood and I don’t think you get it until you feel the emotional depth of that love. I certainly am glad I feel the love!

So Happy Mother’s Day to every kind of Mom out there!