One of Siba’s newest “students” has many of the same
qualities we seek in ALL of our admissions applicants - Bleu is intelligent,
courteous, and caring. Bleu is also a service dog for Graphic Design student,
Tad Evans. Bleu dutifully accompanies Tad to all of his classes, providing his
master with the special services he is trained to deliver.
Tad first met Bleu in an animal shelter—the Lab mix had been
abandoned and was looking for a loving home. Bleu found that in Tad, who named
his new friend after the color of his eyes and a marking on his back that looks
like a cheese wheel.
The two quickly formed a bond and have traveled the country
together – from the top of Mount Evans in Colorado to sunny Florida. Tad taught Bleu basic obedience himself - he
knows how to sit, shake, and even give a “fist pound.” But for the more
advanced training he needed to be a service dog, Bleu worked with a military colleague
of Tad’s for several weeks and did continued training afterwards.
It’s not all work for Bleu though. Tad says his outdoorsy companion
loves running at full sprints, traveling, boating, and hunting on occasion. He
also loves a good nap, and literally ANY kind of food. At Siba, Bleu is a
friendly dog, but Tad asks that anyone who wishes to pet him wait until Bleu
has indicated he wants the extra attention.
The “dog days” have arrived at Siba, and it’s definitely a
good thing. Welcome Bleu, and welcome Tad! We think you’re both a great addition
to our Siba family.