Dear Freddie Fans and other creatures,
Lyn is Remi’s human. Because Remi is a very busy canine dog, helping Lyn (he even carries items to the laundry room and puts them in the hamper for her) and working at the senior center I asked Lyn to write this instead of Remi – who deserves some time off.
Herrrrrrrrrrrrre’s the “tail” of Remington Royce Glover by his human Lyn
“I had been “dogless” for a number of years due to my work schedule and life circumstances, but had always held on to my hope of one day having a therapy dog again. In 2008, I found myself in a place where I could seriously consider finding a puppy that I could bring into my life with that goal in mind.”
All Grown Up
“Since I used to be an animal trainer and behaviorist, I had a very good idea of what breeds I thought would be the best fit as my companion and the best possibility of being certified as a Therapy Dog. After months of searching and meeting lots of dogs, I was fortunate enough to find a woman who raised Goldendoodles (hybrid of Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle). After meeting lots of her dogs I found what I felt would be the perfect new addition to my life.”
“Remi actually picked me more than my picking him ( I thought I would prefer a female, but Remi had other ideas.) He stood out from all the other 18 puppies. I was so impressed with his focus on me, his responses and his wanting to interact and figure out what I was doing with him from the minute we met. Not to mention, he was absolutely adorable!!”
Remington Royce, 9 weeks old
“I brought Remi home when he was 9 weeks old and we began our life together. He has, from the very beginning, been the most loving and devoted dog I have ever had the privilege of spending time with.”
I named him
Remington Royce Glover
(Remington – inspired by Frederic Remington, one of my favorite sculptors/illustrators).
He is amazingly smart, learns so quickly and absolutely loves everyone he meets.”
“In addition to all the basic obedience commands, Remi’s repertoire of behaviors include:
- shake hands with his right paw
- high-five with his left paw
- bow to the Queen (me!)
- do the hokey pokey (turns in a circle)
- back up
- “stop, drop and roll”
- He knows most of his toys (and there are many) by name and can pick them out if asked – Caterpillar, gator, teddy, squirrel, snakey, piggy . . . .”
“When I launder his toys, he waits in the laundry room and watches for me put them in the dryer. When the dryer buzzer sounds to let me know they’re dry, he runs back in and waits for me to open the door of the dryer so he can take them out.”
Remi & Catypillar
He is “toy” obsessed and will do anything for a stuffed toy. His favorite toy is his “caterpillar” which he carries everywhere, inside or out. He has an abundance of toys and knows most of them by name, but his “Catypillar” is definitely the one he prefers.
“Remi knows three of our neighbors by name and where they live. When we go outside, if I say, go see if “so and so” is home, Remi runs to their patio door and waits to see if they are there. They all love him and if they’re home, they open the door and let him in – they don’t let me in, but …….. (just kidding)”
“Spending time with him and watching him learn and grow into the wonderful boy he is has been so rewarding for me. As anyone who shares their life with animals can tell you, the unconditional love they offer is amazing. One of the best things about being with him and taking him anywhere is that no matter where we go or who we meet, he is always happy, smiling and excited to be there.”
“Whether we’re walking down the street, meeting children or visiting seniors at the care facility, people look at him and smile!! Watching people’s reactions to him is so heartwarming and satisfying. He just makes people happy – and in a world so filled with fear, stress, unhappiness and conflict, I think that is just a wonderful gift for him to give. I’m so proud of him and honored to be a part of it with him.”
Besides people, Remi has 3 cat siblings that he also loves –
playing with Dashiell, his favorite.
Remi is certified by the AKC as a “Canine Good Citizen” and a Certified Therapy Dog
“Remi and I currently go to visit a Senior Care Facility every Friday morning – he absolutely loves it and the feedback we receive is that the residents just love seeing him and the other two smaller dogs that accompany us with their owner. It is so gratifying to see the seniors “light up” and spend time with the dogs. So many of them tell us stories of the dogs/pets they used to have and recall such lovely memories.”
Remi and his “visiting buddy”, Paulie, at the Senior Center, waiting for one of their favorite people to get to them!
“One resident was very disparaging when we first visited. She had never been around dogs and had nothing good to say to us, but we’re slowly winning her over. She now walks by and comments that the dogs are “very cute”. She still won’t come too close and refuses our offers to have her pet them, but we’re optimistic that will happen!”
“We are hoping to find a way to work with disabled veterans who have served our country and offer them whatever help and joy we can by visiting them at their rehab facility – it’s an ongoing goal for us and one I hope I can find a way to make happen.”
“Watching him makes me want to follow his lead and try to focus on making others happy, rather than worrying about “stuff” in my life.”
“Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share my wonderful boy with others.
It means more to me than you know.”
Hugs and love,
Lyn & Remi
If you have a pet whose “tail” you would like to share (even if they don’t have a tail) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have connections and editorial rights.
Freddie Parker Westerfield, Senior editor and correspondent for all things important