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posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:08 PM by Zachary King   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 6:21 PM by Karen F ]
Formerly Mia - Update September 20, 2013

Megan, formerly "Mia", joined our family in April of 2012. She is a beautiful, gentle and well-behaved smooth Collie who had come from a loving home that was no longer able to keep her. From day one with us, she has enriched the lives of a great number of people.

Her first successful endeavor was to earn her American Kennel Club "Canine Good Citizen" award. For that, she had to demonstrate that she was well-behaved, could obey basic obedience commands and was not bothered by a variety of situations. Her second successful endeavor earned in the summer of 2012 was her "Registered Therapy Dog" title as awarded by Therapy Dog International. Going on from there, she became an official "READ" Collie. She is known as a "Reading Education Assistance Dog" and goes into local schools to have youngsters who are considered to be struggling readers, read their books to her. She loves to listen to these children and, whether or not they correctly pronounce all the words doesn't matter to this gentle Collie. When they've finished a book, she gives them her paw in a high five! She is a huge hit in the school where everybody tries to pet her at once. She volunteered at our Imlay City Migrant Program this summer, and also at our local library. She has been asked to come to our domestic violence shelter to give affection and confidence to traumatized children.

Her second "job" is at the Medilodge in Yale where they always look forward to her weekly visits. She has an uncanny (but not unCollie-like) ability to sense exactly where she should go so that frail and sometimes confused elderly folks can pet her. She winds her way carefully between oxygen tanks, breathing machines and wheelchairs. When asked to "shake", she will kindly give her paw in friendship. She has drawn out verbal responses from folks who "haven't talked in years," according to staff. The smiles and sometimes tears she evokes are touching. Megan attained her "Therapy Dog" title with the American Kennel Club, as well.

Last summer, we began rally classes and Megan thoroughly enjoyed the fun and learning. With little training, she learned how to put her two front paws up on an upside-down pot, part of an exercise that teaches her to stay in correct "heel position". One of our goals for next year is to get back into class and hopefully earn her first AKC Rally title, "Rally Novice". Between all of her "jobs" and our nine grandchildren, Megan leads a full and busy life. She has one more part-time occupation, but one which thrills her....she's a "Certified Squirrel Deterrent". Her lifetime goal is to catch one of the furry rascals and she's come within inches of doing it!