Monday, March 15, 2010

PUP Talk

Toby is a proud sponsor of the Sherwood Park Phoenix Elite Girls Soccer team, an incredible group of young athletes! As they prepare for Provincials, Charmaine went to their recent team lunch to present a PUP talk on behalf of Toby. Charmaine shared a series of lessons of teamwork that she has learned from working on a team with Toby every Wednesday as they volunteer at the hospital.

Here’s a quick summary of the PAWsitive Inspirations that Toby left the Team with:

· Communicate with PAWsitive intent

· Provide PAWsitive feedback along with constructive support and guidance

· Have a PAWsitive and winning attitude

· Take a moment to PAWS and recognize the unique qualities that each person brings to the team

· Play with spirit, focus and communication…and have FUN!

Toby wishes the team well at their upcoming Provincials.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

People who make a difference

There are many people who come into our life for a reason and make a difference. It is an honor to know Karin Overgaard, a Certified Master Pet Trainer, and Volunteer Coordinator with CHIMO Animal Assisted Therapy Project. Karen also has her own practice, visit her at We first met Karin through CHIMO, as our dog Toby is a volunteer through the program. I have also had opportunity to consult with Karin about Toby and her guidance, suggestions and modeling how to deal with our dog’s behavior has been incredibly valuable. Not only does Karin make a difference in the lives of the animals (and the humans) she works with, she also strives to make our world a better place. Thank you Karin, for making a difference!

To find out more about Karin, visit

To find out more about CHIMO, check out: