- Name: Hero Dogs Chester Nez – “Chester”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, yellow, M
- DOB: August 21, 2014
- Current Status: Facility Dog
- Donor: Yellowbreeches Labs (Sandy Allen)
- Puppy Raiser: Robin S.
- Puppy Sponsor: Jeanie Wade
Therapy Dog Hero Dogs Chester
Hero Dogs “Chester” is partnered with Amy, a licensed clinical professional counselor, and works with her in her private practice. Chester works to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere in the office, engaging clients by playing ball with them, demonstrating his skills, cuddling on the couch, getting his belly rubbed, and helping clients feel safe and cared about.
Chester Nez here to share about what I did this past May. It was a great month. It was my last month out and about before coming to K9 College!!
Let me tell you some of what I did this past May first. Out and about on my usual walks, I saw some unusual findings while exploring. I found a nest with Robin eggs in it, I saw a fox run right past me, and I saw a family of deer. I looked for a very long time at all of these sightings (except the fox-- he was fast) and did not bark at any of them. Nature. It's beautiful!
As usual I spent a lot of time in Old Town, Alexandria. There are always so many interesting people there and they come from all over the world. Everyone always wants to pet me and say hello, but I generally just ignore them all unless given the OK to say hello. This doesn't happen very often because I am practicing my very important work. On the couple of occasions I do interact with the people, they are always so impressed to hear and see what I can do and what my purpose is in life.
One of the best things I did was go to the Baltimore Children's Museum!! Oh my dog-- there is SO much to do and see at this place, both for children and service dogs in training like myself. Hero Dogs Clara Barton came too and we practiced lots of our skills. Every exhibit had something to push, pull, press, step on, smell, feel, look at, or watch. Plus there were so many different kinds of people for me to practice ignoring and once in a while say hello to. Remember, I was with Hero Dogs Clara and she is still just a little baby dog and needs to practice interaction. I just happened to be there and so I got to say hello to some folks, too. I paid for my friend Suzanne's souvenir magnet at the register and then we headed home.
Oh-- how could I forget that before going to the museum we stopped at Miss Shirley's in Baltimore for brunch?! If you have not been to Miss Shirley's-- go, go, go. I didn't taste any of the food myself but it smelled delicious, and the staff at Miss Shirley's was extremely welcoming to Hero Dogs Clara and me.
Before heading off to K9 College, I said 'see you later' to all of my friends at all of my favorite stores. They gave me hugs but no kisses because I do not care for kisses, and wished me good luck. I spent extra time cuddling with my favorite toy, Moosey-Moose.
Since arriving at K9 College, so far so good!! I like my dog friends and the staff is great, and the volunteers are all so nice. Basically, I am never alone and am always busy with something or another, either training or being a goofball in the office. Suzanne comes and visits me, and I have visits with Moosey then.
That's pretty much it for May!! What a great month!!
Hi Everyone! Chester Nez here to share what I did in April. Suzanne and I took the Metro into DC and then went to visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt monument in DC and met a lot of people there. We met her friend Jody from Texas who was in town for a conference with some of her teacher friends. It was a pleasure to meet all of them and play tour guide.
On another day, I went to an event that had to do with sports. There were some famous athletes roaming around taking pictures with people but they charged a lot of money to take a picture with them, so we just looked at the famous people and took mind pictures because they are free. While we were there, I found a signed Luis Aparicio baseball card!! He used to play for the White Sox and is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Suzanne knows of his son, who is also named Luis. Luis is actually the person who sort of introduced Suzanne to Hero Dogs. It was actually through another friend of his but if it wasn't for knowing Luis, then Suzanne may not have ever crossed paths with Hero Dogs. I'm really glad she immediately contacted Hero Dogs after finding out about how amazing and wonderful our Hero Dogs program happens to be.
I also went to Brookeville Animal Hospital's Open House. There I met a hedgehog and read informational displays. Other Hero Dogs were there too and we did a demonstration for the other people that came. I also said hello to our friend Marcie Engel. She is a very nice vet at Brookeville who treats all of us Hero Dogs. Suzanne won a raffle for a free car wash which she can use. I got some extra good treats. All in all, this was a pretty fun day.
What else, what else?! OH! You won't believe what I rode on! I rode on the Old Town Alexandria Trolley!! Yup, I rode up and down famous King Street. Before the Trolley took off, I showed someone how to "say hello." While riding, I was under Suzanne's seat and showed everyone how great I am at doing this. We gave out a lot of business cards.
While in Old Town, I saw some more street performers, lots of dogs, and even an Opera singer singing on the street corner. I put a dollar into her jar. When we were near the water, an old lady smiled at me and we started to talk a little. I showed her some of the many things I can do and would you believe she seemed most impressed with my ability to wait for a treat?! Suzanne put a treat in her hand and I had to wait until the nice lady gave the "OK." When I waited and then got the treat, you wouldn't believe the look on the lady's face!! Her daughter was with her and laughed, and she said the look on her mom's face was priceless. It kind of was!!
Mid-April I found myself at the National Harbor. Oh boy was this fun! There was SO much going on. I went to a store called the Peeps Store. They sell one thing. Peeps. Peeps are a kind of candy that I may never eat. But the store was cute. You know what else is at the National Harbor? Stores, sure, lots of stores, and stores are great and all, but what was really cool was the FERRIS WHEEL. It was Tuesday, too -- a day that teachers like Suzanne get to ride the Ferris Wheel for free if you have your teacher ID. So we rode it!! I got to ride free of charge on account of there not being a fee for service dogs.
When I first hopped aboard the ferris wheel, I thought we were just in another glass elevator. Going up wasn't too surprising. However, once we got close to the tippy-top, it was very high and I was a little concerned. Suzanne gave me some hot dog bits for staying calm and that helped. From then on, all of the other spins around the wheel were totally fine with me. Being up so high was cool because I could see everything and everyone from a bird's eye view.
Well, that's about all of my extra cool, especially noteworthy happenings for April. The rest of the month I practiced going out and about all of DC and riding the Metro.
Till next time,