How did Boo spend his day today?

A ton of visitors were at Three Dogs world headquarters today, all to see Boo! Fun was had by all and the day ended with Boo totally pooped.

Lots of activity at Three Dogs Training world headquarters today – and it’s all because of Boo (and Lisa)!

Visitors were up from New York City today, braving the wind, rain, traffic, and unseasonably warm temperatures to come all the way to Carmel just to see Boo.

And why were they here?

All the downstairs hallways filled with electronic equipment…


The dining room cleared out and blocked off by screens…


Behind the screens lighting equipment piled up to the ceiling…


It’s not boudoir photography – it’s Boo-doir photography!

We can’t say why they were here – yet, but soon! – but it was a blast having them here and Boo absolutely loved being the center of attention for the entire day!

By the end he was pooped and slept like a log, and I’ll bet dollars to donuts he was dreaming about spending the rest of his days as a supermodel.


Happy Birthday, Boo!

We wish Boo a very happy and healthy eleventh birthday!

It was eleven years ago October 31st that Boo joined our family.

There was no way we could tell that this little black and white ball of fur we saw in a stripmall fly-by-night pet store would turn into the incredible dog he did.

His mother was probably ill while pregnant, which left him with cerebellar hypoplasia – a disorder which is caused by the cerebellum not being mature at birth – that was immediately apparent in his jerky, stiff movements and overall lack of coordination.  His other symptoms gradually made themselves known as it was clear that he was partially deaf, progressively lost his eyesight, and suffered from a number of cognitive disabilities.

Despite all of those hurdles, he was was able to trooper his way through training and eventually passed his Delta Society evaluation to begin his career doing therapy work.

There he was:  a small puppy thrown away in front of a pet store, who could barely stand or walk and who would take over a year to housetrain, but he was the one who gave a family their son back and made national news doing it.

As much as we love him, he’s also a powerful reminder that we can’t overestimate an animal’s ability to exceed our expectations (or prejudices) based on their origins or pedigrees.  Every dog, whether they’re from a shelter, breeder, or a stray has within them the same potential to shine.

(Editorial Note – I had intended on posting this on Halloween, but that little bit of snow we had left us without power until just recently.)