Exam success #2 came in the form of Hobbes passing his performance screening examination and getting accepted into the training program for West Michigan Therapy Dogs (WMTD). It's basically a program where awesome dogs bring happiness to sick and stressed-out people. It's amazing. He is eight months and two days old right now, which (unofficially) makes him the youngest dog to be accepted to the program. Dogs are not eligible to take the screening exam until they have been with their "handler" for at least six months. Since most dogs do not go home with their owner until 8 weeks of age (though we got Hobbes at ~5 weeks old...), simple math means he's pretty much as young as a pup can possibly be in the WMTD program. Click here or, better yet, here for a glimpse of what WMTD does. Interacting with those incredible dogs last year as a stressed-out, lonely (recall: Wife and I were living in separate cities for the bulk of the time) M1 inspired me to see if Hobbes could bring similar happiness to others.
And with that, I just realized that this means that I, Wife, AND our dog Hobbes are now all pursuing careers in healthcare. That's awesome. Now we just need a couple of kids to become a PA and maybe an NP and we can open our own clinic...
Alas, I must return to my studying. Today feels like a wash with only seven hours of studying under my belt, thanks to all of the hullabaloo with Hobbes' testing (and trying to tire him out before going so he wouldn't be too hyper...) and such. I laugh even as I say that, but the reality is I still have a couple more hours to do before I'll feel okay leaving the rest for tomorrow. I have the Pulmonary Domain exam on Monday, you see, and Pulmo is... a lot of information.
I leave you with my newest study-music obsession: