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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Sunday Salute: Denali!

Our Sunday Salute goes out to our friend Denali of Pennsylvania! The Salute also ties in nicely with many of the comments Dave received on his post yesterday. Many of our readers agreed with Dave that the bipeds who make Yoplait yogurt really need to use a more snooter-friendly cup. How are we supposed to be able to lick out every last bit of that yummy treat? Denali to the rescue!

We received a great email from Denali shortly after Dave put his post up. He told us, in part, "Use your paws to hold the Yoplait! ...Dewclaws do help, of course....." And he sent us this great picture!

Denali - showing us how it's done!

Isn't that great!?!? Denali said, "Mom sent a copy of the picture to Yoplait back in 2003, so it is pinned up on a bulletin board somewhere at Yoplait HQ! Apparently they have lots of pix of people and 'others' enjoying their product. At the time, they would not accept digital pictures, so Mom made a print and mailed it. She got a nice thank you letter. (I was hoping for some free yogurt...)" Well, yeah. That's the least they could have done! We hope your mom gave you more yogurt!

Denali knows we believe in Safety First! here at Ao4 HQs, so he wanted us to remind our readers that pups should be supervised when given what he called "non-Kong treat containers". We totally agree! Denali and his pack-mate Rubina don't chew up non-edibles, but they're supervised anyway, just to be sure!

Denali has taught Rubina - or Ruby - a lot of things, but she doesn't hold her own cup. She gets frustrated and leaves it for Denali. Woo. That's a bonus! Denali said Ruby's M.O. is to scream until someone helps her with whatever she needs; he relies on his many physical talents.

Denali is a rescued Siberian who lives in Pennsylvania and works as a certified pet therapy dog at a big pediatric hospital! He regularly visits sick kids to cheer them up and comfort them. His mom and dad are very proud of him for doing this, as you can imagine -- he truly earns his treats! He has a very impressive group of "letters" after his name: CGC, TDIAOV. (TDIAOV is Therapy Dogs International Active Outstanding Volunteer - Denali has made over 150 therapy visits over the course of 6 years!)

Denali has some other rather special "skills" his mom didn't think we should mention. We, however, thought they were outstanding. Those skills include, but are not limited to:
  • A. escape tendencies when left alone or confined
  • B. agility training - seen as a way to improve his natural climbing, running and problem-solving skills and applying them to point A.
  • C. being among the fastest dogs at the dog parks, even at age 10.
His mom told our mom, "I must say, though, that his training and the commands he learned do help with the pet therapy work since he has to maneuver around a lot in the hospital. Before he started getting arthritis, he would leap onto kids' beds (with their permission and Mom's command). The kids would be grinning because they had a husky on their hospital bed--how cool is that???" We don't think it could get any better than that! Ha rooo!

His mom also said that Denali had lots things to learn when he came to his forever home and brought a lot of emotional baggage from being a stray --but how to snuggle was not one of them! (We're Siberians... it's what we do.) She also said, "And he takes treats very gently--I absolutely trust him to not grab at the teeniest child's hand or IV tubes or whatever. But I do not trust him to do a recall if he ever gets loose in the hospital!!" Oooh. Yeah. That whole "recall" thing ... also part of being a Sibe. Nothing personal. Ha roo roo roo!

Denali told us he was happy to share the yogurt-licking tip. We were so anxious to share it with our readers and really appreciate Denali sharing his MANY talents!

A look at Denali's tongue - an important part of the eating Yoplait technique

Thanks again, Denali! And for all you do, from sharing yogurt-eating tips to your important therapy work - we salute you!

The Army of Four


  1. Wow! He's cute. But not as cute as you. Love the tongue picture. Our parents get so frustrated since about half of our pictures have one of us with our tongue out. That's not hard since you know who has such a big mouth.

    Princess Eva and Brice the serf

  2. He is cute! We didn't see a link for his website. How did you all meet?

    We eat the stonyfield farm yogurt so the opening is a bit better. They have a really yummy fat free vanilla one (my human is weird- she likes the plain stuff).

  3. Way to go Denali! He has such an important job with his therapy visits. And he's a mighty smart fellow for figuring out how to deal with those tricky yogurt containers.

  4. I'll paw it too: he's khute!

    I have a tongue thing too - Mom says I have Mikhhael Jordan tongue - whatever that means ;-)

    Nice salute to a fellow PA Pup - ha roooooo!


  5. WOO WOO - That was quite a wonderful pic of Denali showing us the correct Siberian way to get all of the yummy yogurt out.
    I showed the pic to Marco because he is such a pup and needs help learning all of ways of the adult smart sibes eat.


  6. That is one SMART friend you have there! We don't even have snooters, so imagine how difficult it is for us!!

  7. Wow, that's quite impressive! We always have one of the humans hold the container for us.

    Denali sure is beautiful handsome, and a therapy dog, just like me!!! Very khool!


  8. Anonymous3:40 PM

    WOOOO Denali! Khute photo holding the yogurt cup! Nice work and even nicer salute!

  9. my yo you needs to be in a bowl...being snooterless is probably the only disadvantage to being a Boston!

    Denali ROCKS!!! So talented and handsome too! I really admire therapy doggies...I want to do that when I grow up. When I bark, that my Mom giggles a little - wonder why that is!

    Lots of Licks, Ruby

  10. Denali is very handsome, I hope Dave learned something about eating yoghurt from him.

    Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

  11. Wow that's a super way cool tongue you have! :)

  12. Wow! Denali is super cute and has executed perfect form and technique! Will study and learn.


  13. Denali sure is clever on the yogurt eating part

    ~ Girl girl

  14. Denali sounds like an awesome pup! And so handsome too.


  15. WOO WOO - It's Marco Polo and I forgot to tell you that I'm glad to see Denali has the same tendencies as me!!!!
    "escape tendencies when left alone or confined" That's me - I love to surprise my Mom when she leaves me home alone by meeting her at the door. She starts counting those silly kitty-kats like I would hide them or something. MrSippi deserves it because he beats me up all of the time but I would never harm him(smile smile).

    Marco Polo
    (planning on how to get out of my crate this morning).

  16. Wow. Mom says Denali is just too handsome for words!