The last day of camp is always bittersweet. We have some of our most memorable moments, because the dogs are by now used to working with us and trust us to help them through strange spaces, and we can do things like visit public beaches or — as we did today — visit senior care homes and interact with the residents. Imagine trying to do this on Day One, with the dogs fresh out of the shelter! But today everyone was happy, peaceful, and enjoying receiving kibble from complete strangers.
We also visited Full Tummy (without the dogs), to meet the people and animals who benefited from our bake sale fundraiser.
Then we showed off everything we’d learned in the last two weeks in our graduation ceremony! Despite rain bucketing down and rattling off the barn roof, everyone did very well, both dogs and kids. We’re always so happy to see how everyone has grown and changed in only two weeks.
Afterwards came the sad part — we had to say goodbye. Some of the dogs, including Xena and Harry, were adopted right out of the graduation ceremony! Some of the dogs, including Girl, had meet-and-greets scheduled after graduation. Anyone who did not get adopted does not need to worry — Pet Rescue by Judy is there for them until they do find their forever home, which will be EASY with all the work our campers have done with them!
It’s hard to say goodbye to the campers, too. We all learn so much from each other. Hopefully we will see you all next year!