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TALOODLES - Therapy & Assistance Labradoodles Incorporated was founded in 2013 and it is a not for profit, registered charity that acquires and trains Therapy and Assistance Dogs to assist in the care and treatment of people who have intellectual, cognitive, neurological, or sensory disabilities or physical impairment.
Taloodles Dogs' Day Out. Photo courtesy of event organiser.
The Taloodles Dogs' Day Out is their main fundraising event for the year and it would be great if members of the public who have an interest in dogs and who would like to support this great cause, while at the same time having a lot of fun on the day, pay a visit to this great event.
This year's event will be held on the 31st of May from 10.30am to 2.30pm at Boronia Park Oval in Epping. Those of you who are Parramatta City Residents you will be able to bring your dog along and get FREE micro chipping or if you already have your dog micro-chipped you can get them checked for FREE. There will also be FREE dental checks for all dogs in attendance that are residents of Parramatta City.
So why don't you bring your dog, family & friends along to the Taloodles Dogs' Day Out and have a look around. Even if you are not from a suburb in the Parramatta City area you should also come and have a look around, as you may find something for that pampered pooch of yours.
They will also have a jumping castle and face painting for the kids, plus entertainment, food, and silent and live auctions. While there you will be able to have a look around at the many stalls that will have plenty on display and have a bite to eat at the BBQ, and don't forget to check out the cake stall.
Do you realise that it takes approximately 6 months to train a therapy dog?
That the number of dogs that they train and place depend on ongoing donations.
That it cost about $7,000 per dog to place them.
Australian Labradoodles have been purpose bred and developed over many generations for genetic strength and temperament.
The dogs have to be loving, gentle and highly intelligent animals with allergy friendly, silky, non shedding coats.
The puppies chosen for Taloodles enter foster care at approximately 8 weeks of age to begin their training.
They live with their foster care families for approximately 7 months.
The foster care families are volunteers who look after the daily needs of the dogs and invest many, many hours in attending training sessions with our professional trainers.
They work towards placing the dogs with their recipient by the time they are 8-9 months of age so that the dog and recipient can develop a strong bond.
TALOODLES - Therapy & Assistance Labradoodles Incorporated provide these dogs to people with disabilities free of charge.
So what do therapy/assistance dogs do?
These great dogs help in lowering anxiety and stress levels, boosting happiness, and improving social skills and communication. They also help in the development of empathy, assist to overcome speech and emotional disorders, improve motivation to learn, help build self esteem and self efficacy, provide nurturing, accepting and unconditional love, and they reduce loneliness.
The life & times of Daisy the Taloodle.
The process of raising and training a Taloodles Therapy Dog is not as simple as finding a dog and putting in the home of a recipient. There is a great deal of time, effort and money that is dedicated to ensuring that every Taloodle will be equipped for their work as a Therapy Dog. So to give you an insight into what goes into getting a dog ready to be placed you can read on to find out the Life & Times of Daisy the Taloodle.
Daisy maybe cute, but she is one extremley smart dog. Photo courtesy of event organiser.
0 to 8 weeks Puppy Selection.
Daisy was selected by experts because of her exceptional temperament.
8 weeks Foster Home.
Daisy went to live at her foster home to be introduced to the sights and sounds she will face in later life. This is skilfully done by the selected foster carers as they provide her with guidance throughout here time at the foster home.
8 to 22 weeks The training begins.
The Taloodles and their foster carers will have to attend special training sessions with a professional dog trainer twice a week. All the knowledge that will be gained at these sessions will then be continued and consolidated by the foster carers, who spend many hours helping Daisy to become the best Taloodle she can be.
8 to 9 months Graduation and a new home.
At approximately 9 months Daisy would have had to say goodbye to her foster carers as she is then placed with her recipient. This would be extremely hard on both Daisy and her foster carers, but I am sure both would be extremely excited of the new beginnings at the recipient's home. Now the next journey of Daisy's life will begin.
How many Taloodles have been placed?
Since the founding in 2013 there have been 9 Taloodles placed and that would equate to around a cost of over $63,000. I wouldn't know how many hours would have been spent with each dog but it would have to be in the thousands. There are three puppies about to commence their training, which will take 5 months. In all that would make 12 Taloodles out there helping families who have family members who have a disability.
On the Taloodles website they currently have 6 of the 9 dogs displayed with a short history of how they have been helping the recipient, the family's progress and how they have become a loving family member. These dogs have been doing themselves and TALOODLES - Therapy & Assistance Labradoodles Incorporated so proud. To find out more about each Taloodle all you need to is click here for more information.
Sue Cale from Cale Property Agents has informed me that there will be between 35 and 40 stalls with something to do with dogs.
So if you are a dog owner and you are looking for that something special for your friend and you also want to support a great cause, I would suggest that you put the 31st of May 2015 into your dairy and get along to the Taloodles Dog's Day Out at Boronia Park Oval at Epping.