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Yes, You Can Teach Old Dogs How to Take New Tricks

Submitted by: John S. Bernard, Sr.

SINGLES BRIDGE of Pittsburgh, at last report the only ACBL sanctioned singles bridge membership club in the country, has a mascot that attends our club events. Her name is Chloe, a nine year old English Springer Spaniel, and she is a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International.

Since it is a singles bridge club, our movements are always single movements so each player gets to play between ten and eighteen different players. At the change of tables, every so often there is an empty seat at the table due to a delayed fourth player. Chloe will occasionally jump up on that chair and look at the other 3 players with a look that says, "who's the dealer?"

Chloe

On one occasion our membership chair, Dr. Willa Dean Lowery, was the delayed 4th and instead of "shoshing" Chloe off, she sat down beside her and picked up her hand. Chloe remained on the chair, looked over Willa Dean's shoulder with the look, "do you mind if I watch." Cindy Custer, our SINGLETON News Letter Editor, grabbed her camera and shot this priceless photo.

Chloe looking over shoulder