It’s hard to believe that July means I am now 19 months old, which in turn means that it’s time for me to be heading off to advanced training soon. Why I don’t just stay in advanced training forever with Becca is beyond me, but I am ready for my next steps soon. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though because right now I am still with my puppy raiser! July brought more fun adventures and it also was the longest amount of time my puppy raiser has spent away from me! Honestly, how dare she leave me…
The month of July started off with my assistance to dogsit for our neighbors who have a 13 year old Weimaraner. I have learned that she is too old to play with me, so often times I walk in circles around her and keep a nice barrier, am very gentle, and follow her when she gets up to walk around the house. Gracie can’t walk very far these days but I was very good at sniffing around the yard with her several times a day.
I have also been busy running everyday errands with my puppy raiser – we go everywhere together – the beauty store, grocery store, market, Home Goods, restaurants, the bank, dry cleaners…you name it, I bet I’ve been there! I like going to places like Home Goods where I know they have a pet section because it usually means I pick something new out. But of course I am working and in my red service dog vest, so I can’t just dive into the baskets like I might do at home. Instead I sniff the air or might try and sniff the basket but look at Becca for her to tell me what I need to do next. I never just take something off the shelves! Often times I am told to “stand stay” or “settle” while she is looking around but sometimes she will put two or three toys on the ground and tell me “at ease” and I get to pick one! When we went in July, we ended up getting new chuck it tennis balls and a glow in the dark ball to take to the big field! Apparently we don’t need more toys at home…I however find that very hard to believe. This month I did go to 1 brand new place and it was so my puppy raiser to get fingerprinted! It was very strange, I can’t imagine getting my paws rolled in ink them stamped on paper. Nonetheless I settled and waiting for Becca to get this done.
July also brought us to Hero Dogs for kennel duty one Sunday morning, bright and early! Sometimes I start crying when I get to the kennel because I am so excited to see HD Ruby. I ignore all the other pups and run straight for her kennel 🙂 I got to play in the kennel yard and mom took us both for a peaceful walk on the farm. I even got to see HD Jaz on my way out to the car when it was time to head home and gave her a signature Clara face lick. I really do love the tiny puppies. Good thing I was so tired from playing because that day Becca had a lot of schoolwork to get done so I took a long snooze out on the deck while she worked.
This month HD Maggie had her first birthday, so to celebrate she invited HD Honor and I over to her human grandparents house for a pool party! I love the water and had such a blast running, splashing, and playing with Maggie and Honor. I played so much that I ended up hurting some of the pads on my paws, which meant that I had to take some time off from going out and about to let them heal. Becca even put mushers wax on my feet and socks while we watched tv at night. After a week of rest and walking just on the grass, I was feeling much better.
In the middle of July something VERY exciting happened…Becca packed up a bag of her stuff and mine and told me we were going on a roadtrip! Little did I know that about 30 minutes into that trip we showed up at puppy raiser Margarets house and she, HD Lucy, and HD Archie all got in the car with us! Talk about fun. We drove for a few hours and headed off to Margaret’s family’s house at Deep Creek Lake for the weekend for some peace, relaxation, play time, and water time! I love water but I am not a big swimmer – I like to stay where I can stand, but for some reason as soon as I got to the lake, I ran right in and did more swimming than I’ve ever done in my life! I even went on the dock that moves with the water with no hesitation and rode on the “ranger” with Becca, Margaret, and Lucy. We went to the Honi Honi Bar right on the lake for dinner one night and several people came by to say hi and comment on how well behaved we all were. My friends and I played while our humans cooked and played games, that we were all exhausted by the end of the days. I really hope one day I can go back to the lake because the five of us had such a wonderful time together.
The week after my trip to the lake mom had to leave for nine days…that’s right, she left me for nine DAYS! The day before she left, Becca’s friend from college drove all the way from Ohio to Maryland so that they could fly to Europe together. She brought with her Nura, a very special black lab that Becca raised in college to be a service dog through another organization. Nura became a breeder dog for that organization and has since become a therapy dog. While her humans are away she is staying with us for a couple weeks and I LOVE having her around. She hadn’t seen Becca in two years and was so wiggly and excited.when she first arrived. Since then we have settled into a nice routine and I love having someone to play with. I accompanied Becca and her friend to REI, Starbucks, and the bank for a few last minute things before they were headed down to DC to catch their flight. My puppy raiser returned from her trip at the end of the month and I made sure to smother her with face licks and a never ending wagging tail. I told her next time, she better take me with her!
Well, that was my July in a nutshell! Next month might be my last blog post for awhile as I prepare to move into the kennel in a couple weeks, but I will do my very best to keep updating all my wonderful followers on my adventures and share what I am learning!