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The All Rescue Graduation Class

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bailey Clubb and Requi Salter preparing to begin graduation class with dogs Sammy the Airedale and Brewsky the German Shepard Dog.
(Picture used with written permission)
One Wednesday evening, March 25th, the first All Rescue Dog obedience class graduated. These dogs and their handlers have been working for six weeks with the goal of testing for the Canine Good Citizen certification. The CGC is a certification offered by the American Kennel Club that is earned by dogs with proven manners and social skills.

The class was hosted by the Cape Area Family Resource Center. The dogs came from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Silverwalk Hounds and independent rescues. All of the dogs were considered "throw away" at some point in their lives. and some came from high profile abuse/neglect cases.

There were many facets of this class that made it different from other dog obedience classes offered in our area. For one thing, not all of the dogs have a permanent home. They are still available for adoption Another difference was the presence of junior volunteer handlers ranging in age from nine to seventeen years old, as well as, the adult handlers. What really made this class stand out were the dog breeds represented. Of the twelve dogs participating, three were purebred Airedale, Boxer and Shepard. There were four mixed breeds and five American Pit Bull Terriers.

In six weeks time, the dogs were taught manners and the handlers learned control. All of the dogs represented are considered high powered, large muscle breeds, and they were not puppies. The youngest dog was the eleven month old German Shepard Dog. There were times it may have seemed there was no hope for the socialization of such a strong natured group of dogs, but this group of handlers never gave up. They proved without a doubt that no dog is un-trainable or irredeemable. The transformation was nothing less than spectacular to watch.

The finale for this group will come on April 8th when they test for their CGC certification. Mrs. Janice Miller will be the test evaluator. While this may be the end of this chapter in the group's training, it is only the beginning for the countless dogs being rescued and adopted. This group is proof that hard work and love can make opening your heart, and your home, to a dog with a less than savory background, one of the most gratifying experiences of your life.

For more information on upcoming classes, certification and events, please contact Melanie Coy at mscoy@netzero.com.

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Good Afternoon,

Michelle Wallace here Director of the Cape Area Family Resource Center, which hosted the training classes for Melanie and her pooch friends.

We were honored she choose CAFRC to host her classes with the hopes of bringing an awareness to her efforts. Not only within the city of Cape, but specifically to our South Cape neighborhood.

My hat is off to ALL of the dogs who attended and their human handlers. I witnessed their progression from week to week and saw huge changes in the behavior and obedience of each dog.

CONGRATULATIONS to each of you and BEST WISHES when you test on April 8th!!!

-- Posted by brandevsmama on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 3:52 PM

I had the pleasure of attending Melanie's class along with a few dogs and volunteers from Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary. There were so many great and wonderful dogs in this class and the impact on the volunteers who participated was tremendous. Especially the junior volunteers! I look forward to working with Melanie again in the future.

A big thanks to the Cape Area Family Resource Center & Michelle for allowing us the use of their facility for such a wonderful project.

-- Posted by tammy1123 on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 9:34 AM

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