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    Posted August 22, 2011 by
    Litchfield Park, Arizona
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    Boot camp: Find your sources

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    Sources for the "Wish it. Dream it. Do it." story include:


    1. Alexandra Cockett, the 12-year-old with the vision for the PACK Club.


    2. Arminda Cockett, Alexandra's mother who - despite her allergies and fear of dogs - is supporting her daughter by connecting her with people who can make her dream come true.


    3. Alexandra's Charter School Principal who's excited about offering the PACK Club as an extracurricular option to students. Her school is called Trivium Preparatory Academy. The headmaster's name is Dave Beskar.


    4. Andrea Patten - an example of a pet  industry leader who offered to be a speaker and teach the PACK Club pet CPR (with dog mannequins). She is the director of training for the Foundation for Service Dog Support and will educate participants on how they can train service dogs when they're 16.


    Visuals could include:

    A. Alexandra and her mother speaking with the school principal about the PACK Club and recruitment from the student body. She could also speak with her peers about joining the club.

    B. Alexandra volunteering at a rehab center with a golden retriever since the pet therapy experience inspired her to form the PACK Club.

    C. Alexandra meeting with the volunteer guest speaker - Andrea Patten - to plan the agenda for the first PACK Club meeting which includes pet CPR.

    Regarding an explanation for age limitations, generally pet therapy volunteers must be adults because there is little supervision of their visits.

    Volunteers must be mature enough to take command of their pets and sensitive enough to respond appropriately in potentially uncomfortable settings (patient is vomiting, family is highly distraught, patients' surgical incisions are exposed, patient nudity, speaking with dementia patients who insist on holding the dog's leash, etc.)

    Regarding an interview with the Girl Scouts, I was her troop leader since she was age 7 and introduced her to pet therapy.

    Now she is a Juliette - which is an older registered Girl Scout - who can work independently from a troop.

    If needed, we can recruit a GS spokesperson to provide input regarding the Silver Award that she is pursuing.

    If my name is going to be part of the byline – I figured you want to keep this piece in the third person, right?

    Regarding technical issues, my iPhone would not allow me to e-mail the file for downloading to my desktop since it was too large. Next time, I will bring the cord to connect the phone to my computer for downloading or simply use my digital camera.


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