- Name: Hero Dogs Col. Bartley W. Furey – “Bartley”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, black, M
- DOB: March 25, 2017
- Current Status: Puppy Program
- Puppy Raiser: Kelsey & George G.
- Puppy Sponsor: Students of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Panama City, Florida
- Puppy Scholarship: Anonymous
- Veteran/Hero Dog Team Sponsor: Team Sponsor Needed!
Col. Furey reporting for duty! I have lots of puppy intel for you. First of all - I am pretty much an expert service-dog-in-training (according to me). I know all the basics (sit, stand, down, touch), PLUS I’m pretty good at some new skills. I can do “paws up” and then “push” to open doors that have accessibility buttons. Drop your keys? No problem! I can pick them up for you. I can also bring you my leash, find my place, and brace. Best of all? I am a HUGE fan of doing “paws up” onto your lap. It counts as “work” but mostly I am in it for the snuggles and snacks.
I’ve been having lots of fun hanging out with other Hero Dogs buddies. Hero Dogs Ernie goes to the same PhD school as me- so we get to have lots of playdates. I’m even more excited about Hero Dogs Bobby’s new placement. He was matched with my raiser Kelsey’s sister! They are in team training now. That means he comes to visit a lot and we have a grand time. We especially like playing tug-a-war with toys. (But who doesn’t?!)
It isn’t all puppy play time- I’ve been having some great adventures with my puppy raisers. I have been to two Nationals games this summer! I LOVE them. Go Nats! The stadium is really exciting, but I play it cool. I ignore the snacks on the ground (no peanuts for me!), and just chill out at my raisers’ feet. During my first game, we sat wayyy up high. I got a teeny, tiny bit nervous when we first went up the stairs. Then I remembered that 1) I’m a pro and 2) there will be snacks. For our next game, a really nice Hero Dogs sponsor gave me some tickets that had lots of extra dog legroom and didn’t require stairs. I liked that even better!
All in all, I’m living it up while I prep for the next big thing- advanced training! I still have a few months left with my raisers, so I’m enjoying every minute of it. I love following them around and snuggling with my cat-bro Samuel (he gives me kisses now!). Until then, I am going to keep learning so I can be the best service dog ever for my veteran.
Hero Dogs Bartley here, reporting from my puppy sitting adventures with Becca P. Becca P. is Hero Dogs Ruby's and Hero Dogs Clara's Puppy Raiser. Plus she puppy sits a lot! (P.S. I couldn't get away with anything ;). Becca brought me home after class and I’ve been so busy sniffing everything and exploring! So far I’ve been to get food (well the human gets food, I am on a strict kibble only diet) twice at Nalley Fresh, went to her old school campus to play ball, taken a few walks around and near the neighborhood, and went to Target! Do you know how many tiny humans are at Target on a Saturday?! A lot! But Becca says I am a perfect little pup, I walked right next to her and all I had was “kibble vision”!
Later in the week, what we thought would be a quick trip to Apple to get Becca’s computer fixed afternoon turned into a 2 hour ordeal! They had so many people waiting for their Genius Bar appointments that we weren’t seen until an hour or so after our time. We spent the time practicing “under” the tables, heeling while weaving around tables on “heel” and “side”, through crowds of people in the store, doing “touch”, “turn”, and picking up my leash.
We had a lovely 20 minutes conversation with a Marine Corps veteran, and I settled at the crowded Genius Bar for the appointment like a champ 🐶🥇 I got a little antsy at the end but that’s only because I had a good long nap before going to the mall because I got to play with the Hero Dogs in Advanced Training at kennel duty this morning! Then it started raining so I didn’t get to go play ball 😕 I also did “look” and “watch” at a robot on the floor at Apple and ignored so many people, never pulling on the leash while heeling...although the man who walked by with a big Cheesecake Factory bag got my attention for a moment! I got many compliments on my behavior as a service dog today! ♥
I had a great time with Becca...she took me lots of great places, worked with me on my skills, and best of all she let me snuggle with her at the end of the day. It was awesome!