The Magic Cape


Reardon and his magic cape

My CCI buddy has left again with his magic cape. I wished he could have left it behind. He seems to have superpowers when he wears his cape. When he stands in front of a store he can go inside while I can’t.* I asked mom if I could have one so I could go shopping with her but she explained to me that superpowers come with super-obligations. Reardon is expected to leave his temporary home for training once he is about a year old. He then has to go through even more training. Eventually, if he completes all his training successfully, he will live with a person who needs assistance with activities of daily living and thereby improve that person’s independence.

When dogs such as Reardon are unable to complete the CCI training they are adopted by one of the families that are on an adoption waiting list. In that case, they may become a therapy dog like me.  I hope Reardon succeeds in whatever his destination is. It would be nice if we could meet again someday in the future.  I also hope that he has always enough time for playing in his busy schedule. Because you just can’t play enough.

* Click here for a comparison of service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs 


Reardon and I goofing around after school


27 thoughts on “The Magic Cape

  1. I cross my paws that your Reardon will pass all test with flying colors… or with a flying cape… and maybe we will meet each other once… then Reardon can go into the stores to buy all sausages there… and all the beer… yay!

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  2. Now being that I have many paws in this house, I will ask those paws to cross for good luck that you, Benji, make it all the way through therapy school. I know how dedicated you must be and very very smart too. I hope to one day see you with the Magic Cape on!!! Good luck and pawkisses!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • I feel a great admiration for the work that these dogs do, but it always leads me to think about how little time they have to play, they seem so serious and focused when they take care of a person …
        My English is not fine, I can not find the words … but I think you understand.

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      • Your English is fine and I do understand completely. I have the same concerns. Since I have seen several dogs in action over the past couple of months, I have come to the conclusion that they are well cared for and do have time to play. At CCI the dog is never adopted by the person who needs assistance. This means that there is always oversight. I wished though that shelter dogs would be used as well for this program. Thanks for bringing up these important issues!

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