- Name: Hero Dogs Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez – “Jaz”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, black, F
- DOB: April 26, 2017
- Current Status: Advanced Training
- Breeder: Alejandro & Dolores Rodriguez of Canis Amicus
- Donor: Anonymous
- Puppy Raiser: Gary K.
- Puppy Sponsor: Knight Point Systems
- Puppy Scholarship: Julie Schmitz
- Veteran/Hero Dog Team Sponsor: Team Sponsor Needed!
On Friday, October 19th, Hero Dogs Jaz joined Marc at his alternate work site at Fort Detrick, Maryland. If I said that Jaz was very enthusiastic when showing off her skills, that would be an understatement. We all could not believe how attentive Jaz was to me and how she immediately retrieved whatever I dropped on the floor. She was sooo enthusiastic about opening the office furniture door, that she almost dragged the entire cabinet across the room. Need a little extra work on closing the door. She had no problem activating the “easy button”. As a special treat, we got to go to Mamma Lucia’s for lunch and she was well behaved, maintaining her place under the table. After work we even went grocery shopping and to a doctor’s appointment. I as running late for the doctor’s appointment and they told me that I needed to reschedule. I’m sure that it was Jaz that encouraged them to reconsider and the doctor took me right away. The doctor was very impressed with Jazs’s kills and said that he missed having a dog of his own.
Since I had the evening kennel shift, I brought Jaz home and she had an opportunity to meet and play with Xena. Not sure that it was so much play as it was Xena playing keep away from Jaz. She would taunt Jaz with her toy and bark and growl at Jaz when Jaz tried to play too. After all, she is Xena, the Warrior Princess. And she is quite the princess. When Jaz showed no interest in Xena and her toy, Xena would run around trying to get Jaz to play. Reminds me of the game “keep-away” from when I was a child.
Always a welcome addition to Fort Detrick.
This is my second August on the planet and I’m loving every minute of it! It has been such an amazing time: we finished the puppy swap and it was great to come home.
I got to go and help at the Hero Dogs golf tournament again and that was super great. It was hot and busy but I love seeing all the other Hero Dogs and especially hearing from Hero Dogs Gracie who is helping her partner so much. I’m really looking forward to being paired with my partner; I know I’m going to love them!
I also got to do some super fun things like swimming with other Hero Dogs at the Timber Ridge Pet Resort and Gary and his son Brennan took me camping in the Trout Run campground at the George Washington National Forrest. Also, Hero Dogs Zeke went to advanced training at Hero Dogs college — I’m so envious and can’t wait until it’s my turn. Hero Dogs Tahoe and I had a celebration looking forward to our turn to start advanced training so I know it’s soon! It was at the Hornet’s Nest Grille and lots of Hero Dogs came to visit and wish us well.
I’m looking forward to some cooler hiking in September!