- Name: Hero Dogs Dolley Madison – “Dolley”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, yellow, F
- DOB: April 5, 2012
- Current Status: Therapy Dog
- Donor: Jim & Beth Burch
- Puppy Raiser: Alison P. & Steve P.
- Puppy Sponsor: The Bay Family
CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) started this month. We first went to an event at the Pentagon. It wasn't part of CFC, but was still wonderful exposure. It was a Mental Health Benefits Fair held to let people know of the resources available. Alison told a lot of people how service dogs help people not only with mobility issues but also to be more social because everyone wants to talk to a person with a dog.
Although it was very very hot, people were so nice! We also got to go inside every so often to cool off. Hero Dogs Annie and I rode together to the event. Afterwards, we were so tired. Annie hogged most of the back seat, but that’s okay because I got head pats from Molly.
Later in the month I went to the FBI for CFC. Lou was there - he is one of my favorite volunteers. I remember him from last year. I spoke to one of the guys from the canine unit - he helped me find a potty spot outside. I didn't get to meet his dog. He said she wasn't friendly even though I really am. I met lots of people! I think it helped that my friend Jeff works at the FBI. He sent lots of people over to talk to us. He contributes to Hero Dogs through CFC - he’s one of the good guys.
Alison and I went for many walks around Lake Frank. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to swim in the lake later in the summer because of some strange bacteria. That’s okay because I really enjoyed sniffing all the leaves and dirt. It is a popular park for dog walking - I met many dogs and people. We practice sitting and waiting, which is very hard to do when interesting dogs walk by.
I am due to go away to "college" soon. I am not really sure what that means, but I think I will be getting closer to being a “real” service dog!