Last week Leia had two out of town visitors, Sharon and Tom.
Sharon and Deb have been friends since they were pre-schoolers when they lived next door to each other in an apartment building in Shippensburg, PA.
Sharon presented to both Leia and Heidi a container of homemade, organic, cheese-flavored dog treats which she had freshly baked just for them. Needless to say, both gave 4 paws up for the treats and very quickly labeled them HIGH VALUE!! (Deb even tasted them and said, “YUMMY!”)
High value treats are treats that dogs rank at the top of their food list. They smell great and are very enticing. I can’t speak to flavor, because usually they are gulped without much chewing and taking time to savor the taste. They are made from foods that a dog craves and that are worth more than anything that could be distracting it, squirrels and the neighbor’s cat included. The most popular high value treats usually include peanut butter (no xylitol!), cheese, chicken, and liver.
Naturally, Leia wanted to save her high value treats, so Deb took her to the bank where she met with Donna and Michelle. Lots of cuddling occurred, but the bank tellers advised Leia that she should invest her high value treats with a high interest rate instead of taking out a safe deposit box to store them. With the interest rate, her high value treats would increase in amount!
Not only was the bank visit a safe socialization stop for an 8-week old puppy, but Leia did a bit of therapy dog work as well. Michelle had just lost her father, and a good long cuddle with Leia made her feel better.
In fact, when Leia and I left the bank, Michelle called out, “Thanks for brightening my day!”