This blog will complement and celebrate activities described elsewhere on the site. Remaining mindful to what's happening in the moment and the vision of the Society, the Shake-a-Paw blog will endeavour to answer FAQs and provide detailed information about the program both in the classroom and outside it.
Inch by inch, Shake-a-Paw is getting up off the ground. But as dogs will show you, the ground has many great pee-mails to read. We want to thank the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Webber Road Community Centre again for their kind support during our second pilot. Like any pilot, we've learned several things and we plan to move forward with this new knowledge. See our grad photos below!
Left to right: Jan Dawson, our humane educator; Jaxi, one of the dog trainees; our two human - now Humane - grads; Catherine Adams, our dog trainer; and Kim Dawson, animal-assisted therapist. In the foreground is Briar, our other dog trainee.
Hi! I'm Kim Dawson, a psychologist in Kelowna, BC. Jan (my spouse) and I have co-founded the Mary Ellen Humane Education Society and its Shake-a-Paw program for Youth Healing Dogs Healing Youth.