Yesterday, Katydid and I had the honor of sharing our respective jobs: doggie doctor assistant/demo-dog extraordinaire and doggy/kitty doctor with the children of the The Goddard School in Frisco.
After introductions, ours and theirs, we discussed basic dog and cat care. The Goddard students were very thorough in their list of necessary pet items: brush, bowls, water, food, toothbrush, bathtub and bed! The littlest participants got a kick out of seeing Katy have her teeth brushed, and the most reticent were won over by Katy’s subdued appreciation of proffered dental treats, retrieving them ever so gently and daintily. The more brave members of her fan club were rewarded with a nose nudge or “kiss” to their tummies as a way of showing her thanks.
After noticing that Katy has no visible tail, nubs rule!, we discussed that animals, like people, come in all shapes and sizes, and that all are wonderful. We also discussed the fact that not all animals appreciate being hugged and kissed, especially ones that do not know us well. Many students were more than happy to share their experiences with their own pets with the group, most of which, thankfully, were reported to have been positive.
At LazyPaw Animal Hospitals, we relish any opportunity to meet members of our community, and greatly enjoy the prospect of teaching people, especially little ones, about animals so that they can enjoy them and be safe around them. If you, your school or social group would like to schedule a free, educational presentation, please contact Dr. Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.