- Name: Hero Dogs LTC Thomas I. (“Boomer”) Eisiminger, Sr. - "Boomer"Hero Dogs LTC Thomas I. (“Boomer”) Eisiminger, Sr. - "Boomer"Hero Dogs Boomer is named after LTC Thomas I. “Boomer” Eisiminger, Sr. who graduated from Seattle University with an Electrical Engineering Degree. While there, he participated in ROTC as a Cadet Company Commander. He was simultaneously enlisted in the Washington National Guard and achieved the rank of Corporal. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1959 and served for 20 years. Colonel Eisiminger was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) bomb technician and supervisor. He served tours of overseas in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany as well as serving in numerous stateside duty stations.
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, black, M
- DOB: April 3, 2014
- Current Status: Therapy Dogs
- Donor: Yellowbreeches Labs (Sandy Allen)
- Puppy Raiser: Suzanne H.
- Puppy Sponsor: The Eisiminger Family
- Puppy Scholarship: Laurie Bay
February really was a fantastic month. Since it was the last month I would be living with Suzanne 24/7, we made it extra, extra, extra special and fun. Instead of going on just one field trip a day, we would often do two fun trips a day! On the weekends we went to places we had never been before, and we went to even more parties than usual which I also really liked; I love a good party.
Even though I did a whole lot more than usual this month, there are less pictures than usual. That is because we were so busy having non-stop fun that we sometimes forgot to snap pictures. Sorry about that.
Anyway, in February I made sure I went to all of my favorite stores and told the workers at those places that I, Boomer, was going off to "K9 College." The Starbucks baristas got very watery and I licked their tears off, mostly because they are salty, and also because I'm told it is cute and sweet. I went to Dogma the dog bakery, Cheesetique, Shirlington Thai, Tyson’s movie theater, Harris Teeter, and the National Portrait Gallery, among many other places. I also made my rounds around Old Town, Alexandria.
On Valentine’s Day, Suzanne and I celebrated the day together playing ball and having a picnic, because this is a day to remember your friends and show them how much you love them, too. Suzanne gave me steak pieces for my high-value treat all day on this day. Someone gave Suzanne a heart-shaped box of candy, and I brought it to her just because I thought she wanted it. Suzanne DID take a picture of this because it was so funny and cute! Yes, I do know I’m not supposed to bring any non-requested items, but I just really thought she wanted it.
We went to a Super Bowl Party at Mario and Theresa’s house. This was a lot of fun! A Super Bowl Party is when a bunch of people get together to watch football, but that didn’t seem to be the only focus of the party. The FOOD; oh my goodness, the food was plentiful and amazing. It was like Thanksgiving. The house was filled with amazing smells and just the right amount of people. I said hello to everyone and showed them what I can do as a service dog.
Hero Dogs had a fundraiser at the Waredaca Brewery! All of us Hero Dogs went there instead of going to class. Yes, we ditched class to go get beer, but it was for a good cause! Suzanne’s friends came and it was very busy but fun. I said hello to lots and lots of people, including Suzanne’s friend Tony who had never been to Waredaca before. I didn’t have any of the beer at Waredaca because they don’t make K9 Beer. I was hoping they would have had a special just-for-dogs blend, like maybe a Black Lab Brew or a Yellow Lab Hopper, but they did not. I could tell the humans really liked the beers. Waredaca also sells yummy charcuterie boards with lovely meat and cheeses. If you have not been to Waredaca Brewery, you should go visit that place.
Lastly, before I headed off to "K9 College," I went to two different "Good Luck Boomer" parties!! They were parties just for me, Boomer!! Friends, both human and K9 friends, of mine came and we visited, played, hugged, had dinner, and even had CAKE. The cake said WE (Heart) Boomer and there was a picture of a Lab on it. It was made from only the best organic ingredients and was very fluffy and light.
When I finally did get back to Hero Dogs for advanced training, Suzanne was sad until she saw how excited I was to meet my new college friends!! I was let out into the Hero Dogs yard and there were lots of other Labs there!! I had never seen so many dogs all in one open play area before, since I have never been to a dog park or anything. Hero Dogs gave Suzanne a really nice card, photo album, and a necklace with two pendants-- a paw and a labradorite stone.
Suzanne has been to visit me twice so far and each time we are glad to visit. I introduced her to my new BDF (Best Dog Friend), Mitch. Mitch is really mellow and was the first to start playing with me when I came to school. So far "K9 College" is going pretty well for me, and I really like our daily schedule. It involves LOTS of play, we go to class, and we go on field trips. Once already I borrowed Becca’s computer and sent Suzanne a note which she really liked. One of these days I’d like my own iPaw. Maybe for my birthday in April?!
What a wonderful whirlwind of a time we had growing and learning together! We have certainly kept each other on our toes. There was a never dull moment!! Every morning at 5 a.m., my alarm would sound and then so would your tail-- wagging and flopping in your kennel. That was your way of letting me know it was time to start the day already with some ball playing, a five-mile walk, and then finally some floor cuddles and breakfast.
Then we would seize the rest of the day and go on adventures and trips. Whether a big or small trip, it was just always fun to be out and about together. Everywhere we went, you educated people about Hero Dogs and what you do, and then you would become fast friends with whomever we met. You showed me just how easy it is to strike up conversations without saying a single word. I helped you see how easy it really is to step inside of a glass elevator and board the Metro. Helping each other learn both big and little things became the way that we rolled, day in and day out.
We took exceptionally excellent care of each other. You always made sure you could see me, no matter what adventure we went on, and I always made sure that you were safe, happy, had good snacks, and that you were always nice and clean. I know you still are not a big fan of "puppicures" or baths, but getting tiny brie cheese squares drizzled with honey made doing those things sort of enjoyable, right?
People would often comment that you must be a lot of work and sacrifice to have you around. I would always tell them it really was a pleasure and an honor to have the opportunity to raise you and watch you grow up. It never felt like work or sacrifice because I that was how much I loved it!! From taking you to school, on field trips, and road trips, to the more mundane things like doing your bedtime ritual of teeth brushing, and ear cleaning, and telling you how great you did that day: I loved doing all of that with you each and every day.
Boomer boy, you have experienced so much, and I have done the best that I could to prepare you for anything and everything that may come up in the future. Among other things, you have been to baseball and football games, dressed up for Halloween parties, ran a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, listened to Christmas carols, stayed up until midnight on New Year’s Eve, and sent Valentines out to friends. You went to beaches and lighthouses, rode on a train and a plane, and went to kids' birthday parties. You went to the library, a fair, stores, movies, fundraisers, museums, hospitals, schools, public offices, a carnival, parades, a fancy gala, and restaurants. You went to different states, went on road trips, and even attended a wedding!!
You have grown up into quite a confident, smart, funny, and handsome dog, and you are ready for "K9 College" now. It has been over a week since I brought you back to Hero Dogs, and it feels very strange not having you by my side all day and every day anymore. Originally, I meant to have written you this note before you actually entered into college, but I didn’t want to spend a second of our time writing a letter when we could be out doing something fun! I hear you are being a rock star at college, making good dog friends with Molly and Mitch, and being good in your class. Don’t worry Boomer-- Becca and Jennifer said the coconut oil for your de-stressing and paw rejuvenating massages is on order, and James said the brie cheese should be in soon, too. If it takes longer than expected to get those items, still don’t worry-- you will be fine!! One of the many great things about you, Boomer, and what I am trying more and more to emulate, is your most awesome adaptability. You are the most go-with-the-flow guy I know and it makes riding the rough waves of life that much easier. So what if things don’t go exactly according to plan, right?! So what if things and paws sometimes get messier than usual?!
I miss your fun-loving attitude, your goofy grinning face, your louder than life personality, and your excitement over the simple things that life has to offer; all of that, oh so much already, Boomy-Booms. The entire village of Shirlington, all of your friends in other Virginia towns, DC, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, all miss you very much, too. Keep doing your best, Boomer boy, and I look forward to eventually seeing you graduate from college with your very lucky Veteran!!