Monday, February 23, 2009

I'm 3 years old, can you believe it?

Hey Dad!

It was a pretty good day on my 3rd birthday. Wow, I'm getting old and Gary even found 3 gray hairs on my head. He said that's a whole lot less than you have though. For my birthday party last night, I got some chocolate cake (which THEY ate), and I got a new toy made of 2-inch PVC (but Sayer thought it was his and took it away), and I got my first taste of real musshy canned dog food but only after Homer stole 2/3 of it. But I was left with a lot of love and hugs from everybody and best of all, amongst all the confusion, I could have sworn I heard your voice! Strange. Yea, I miss you too but we're getting along both fine aren't we? Love you forever, Dear sweet loveable Zane! PS: Say Hi to all, including Claudia, Grandma, Parka, and that rug-rat Cuzzie.

Comments: Hope you enjoyed your chocolate cake! Love, Dad

Yeah to Zane - he will make a wonderful therapy dog. Thanks to doing this with him . . . he has SO much to give!Love you all, ClaudiaClaudia Faubion <> ________________________________From: Gary Johnpeer [] Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 9:04 AMTo: Richard Faubion; Claudia Faubion; Vicki Johnpeer; Kim Johnpeer; Katie JohnpeerSubject: ZaneHey y'all Got this note from Jan. She was the AKC evaluator who tested Zane for the "canine good citizen" test on Saturday. She frowns on collar corrections and prefers to use hand/voice signals instead, techniques that are somewhat different than the GDB training we've received but nonetheless, her procedures probably do work too. We could tell she is a real dog lover and she gave Zane a thorough test. Jan and her helpers obviously knew he was a well behaved dog and he passed the evaluation without any collar corrections anyway. He sure made us proud, that's for sure! So his first hurdle to becomming a "Pet Partner" (therapy dog), is done. Now we need to schedule him for some more testing and evaluations and that's pending. Gary/Dad--- On Sun, 2/22/09, Jan <> wrote:From: Jan <>Subject: ZaneTo: "gary Johnpeer" <>Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 9:42 PM Hi GaryThe next step in the Delta Evaluation process is for you to schedule an evaluation with Pam Becker Zane is a wonderful dog and is very soft in nature. He really looks to you for support. Let me know if I can do anything to help you prepare for the Delta Evaluations. Since dogs communicate with body language, I like to be able to cue them both verbally and with hand & body language. This does help them when they are in new and unusual (for them) environments in comprehending what you want them to do. It also helps instill a higher degree of self confidence therefore the dog is more relaxed and at ease.I'm sure Zane will be a wonderful Pet Partner.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Retirement - just does not last!


I don't think it's fair. I thought I was retired. Now Gary and Vicki are signing me up for some kind of program called Therapy Dogs through a group called Delta Society. Gosh, I have been pretty happy just guarding their house and I thought I was doing a pretty good job. You might recall that I even chased Santa away on Christmas Eve. Now my job description is being expanded and through no choice of mine. I don't think it's fair. So off I went today to the Vet for an embarassing fecal test and they had to take my temperature too (I won't go into the details other than to say they had to life "de tail" in order to take my temperature). By the way, I'm still a slim muscular 65.0 pounder! So if all goes well (according to Gary and Vicki that is), I should be fully qualified in a month or so. Come to think if it, it might not be all that bad as people will again be telling me how handsome I am and that's sure fun to hear. It's been a bit rainy here lately and I've had to be careful not to get wet because I hear I'm a real sweetie and I don't want to dissolve away in rain water. Sugar does that. Stay in touch and give Parka a big hug and a little "besito" from me. Just don't let Coral know I asked you to do that.

Love, Dear sweet loveable Zane.

PS - Zane, you have lots of great ability and I'm glad Gary is giving you a chance to shine again! Love, Dad

Monday, February 9, 2009


Good morning fellow canines,

What a week I just completed. Dad was hauling me everywhere and we flew an airplane which to me seemed like a pretty nice bus with lots of great people wanting to bring me treats.

We took off and landed four times on this trip. From Denver to Oklahoma City, then to Dallas Love Field where Aaron picked us up and we met Ebby Halliday then went to Aaron's home and I met Maya, a big Rottweiler. She sure was fun to play with, but she plays rough.

After many other visits to folks, we flew to San Antonio after rushing through Dallas Love Field because we were late, and after all that, the plane was delayed an hour. It was my first experience of walking and jumping off moving sidewalks, but I ran Dad into a concrete pillar and caused him to bleed. I'm so sorry.

The Wousthwest folks were very helpful to stop the bleeding, but I think Dad lost a quart or two of blood. When I slam someone into a pole, I do a good job of it. Heck, I ran him into a overhead arch and cut his head open last week!

We made lots of meetings and met lots of folks, but I had to keep wearing that stupid "gentle leader" on my snout and it sure did bug me. But Dad kept saying that it kept me focused and on task, which I guess is good.

We went to the San Antonio RiverWalk and had some fun walking along the river. I was actually leading two blind guys, but we got to the restaurant safely and back home.

We flew home yesterday and had I really love flying. I just stay relaxed and sleep. There was this "hearing dog" called a Pomeranian on this flight and I took off and said hello to him. He just kept barking at me and making a lot of noise. What a fluffy little thing, but too noisy!

It was good to get home and see Claudia at the airport and Grandma and even Cuzzie at home.

Now Dad wants to give me a grade report on my first real trip:

Following commands and acting when asked to do so: B+
Riding in vehicles and staying calm and relaxed: A
Hoovering in normal harness and leash: D-
Hoovering with gentle leader in place: B+
Recall of paths taken in hotels or homes: C+
Advising Dad of curbs, obstacles, people: B-
Synchronization of working at a team: 75% of expectation

Overall grade for this trip: B-

Well, I got a B at least, that's not too bad, right? I'm just an impetuous teenager! I promise to work hard to get my grades up to all A's!

Warm hugs and licks to all, Parka