Well now, there’s a question! We all know that a Litchi (Lychee to some) is good for you – it’s a fruit after all. So the question is, how can a Litchi help children and dogs?
Yesterday, I was privileged enough to return to Rivonia Primary School, in Johannesburg. Previously, I met with the Grade 5 pupils, which was fantastic. This time, I met a very special group of children, from Grades 6 and 7 who, as an extra-mural activity, choose to give up their time doing charity work!
The group, called ROAM (Rivonians On A Mission) is an outreach program, focusing on giving back to the community, teaching children the importance of being helpful, compassionate and generous. They raise funds and donations throughout the year for animal shelters, orphanages, old-age homes, etc.
This is where Litchi comes in. Remember my “unadoptable”, supposedly “people aggressive” dog (Lady Litchfield – or Litchi for short)? Early posts tell her story – pop back and have a look.
Nowadays this “difficult” dog helps me with such an important task. We were invited to do our “Kids and Canines” course for ROAM. Litchi assists me, demonstrating body language. It’s a hectic course, covering the whole realm of dog body language and requires Litchi to move around with, in this case, 38 pupils plus teachers, staying calm, friendly and open to being touched and crowed by everyone.
Litchi loves it!
So, the answer to the question is a resounding YES. Litchi is helping to save children from frightening encounters and dogs from frightening shelters. No dog will feel threatened around these children, who now know the signs to look for – they speak DOG.