We have applied for this remarkably handsome dog, and the competition for him sounds fierce. The foster "mother" has named him Riley, and we had an extensive discussion about him on the phone last night. She said of all his many wonderful traits, he is super-intelligent and needs meaningful work. "I believe Riley could be trained to do anything you want him to do." (I was gonna suggest vacuuming and putting away laundry, but even service dogs have their limitations.) Jacki (the foster mom) said that he would probably make a great therapy dog, loving on people with handicaps and being gentle around all hurting people.
So I've been thinking a lot. Take a formal obedience class with Riley. Then find out if there is a need and a place that invites canines into their facility for patient visitation days. If so, I'd love to invest in a Therapy Dog training course and bring my love for dogs and lonely people together.
I know it's a lot of work, but it sure sounds to me like Riley would make a good fit. Jacki said he is a dog with a lot of potential because of his eagerness to please, his terrific personality, and his high IQ. We're praying that our application is the one selected for this new beauty.