- Name: Hero Dogs Brig. Gen. Margaret A. Brewer – “Maggie”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador Retriever, yellow, F
- DOB: July 12, 2016
- Current Status: Advanced Training Program
- Donor: Lynn Risinger
- Puppy Raiser: Evelyn K.
- Puppy Sponsor: Bae Systems
- Puppy Scholarship: Bae Systems
- Puppy Sponsor: Bae Systems
- Veteran/Hero Dog Team Sponsor: Bae Systems
October has been another wonderful month of training and learning new things. New vocabulary words that i have been working on include: "pull, push, light, go-through, bring, hold, leave-it, place, step and come" just to name a few. I am able to pick up a quarter, penny, and a dime off of carpet. I have done a pretty good job at pressing handicapped buttons on doors and the cross-walk buttons. I have done an 'ok' job with turning the lights on and off. I did well on open steps.
I attended a lunch meeting with my raisers boss and co-workers, I love those ladies! I also attended my last big meetings at my puppy raisers work place. I sit well through the meetings, and when its over, I like to see everyone. I get too excited to say a formal "hello", but I like to give hugs.
My puppy raisers had a Hero Dogs outing in Frederick, I unfortunately, had to stay home. But they smelled like they had fun, and I smelled Claira, Stella, and some little puppies that I hadn't met yet.
I enjoy spending special time with my baby guinea pigs. Actually, they are older than me, but I treat them as if they were my babies. Xo.
I love Halloween, because I get to be.....Wonder Woman!! I fit the character well, because I am always ready for anything.
The most important thing that I did in October was to go to The Pentagon. We took the MARC train into D.C. and then rode two metro trains to The Pentagon. It was a wonderful experience. I was able to show some of my skills of picking up items from the floor, such as keys, smart phone, and pens. I met a lot of very nice and important people who keep our Nation safe and secure. I was impressed by the people met and I think they were pretty impressed with the work we, Hero Dogs, are doing. It was a golden day in all of my days of training.
October will end with the great puppy swap!
September has been nice especially since the weather has remained warm. Since it has been warm, I get to play ball as early as 6:00am and in the evening we play ball at 9:00pm. I am fortunate that my puppy raiser loves to play ball too and in the rain! What are the chances?`
My favorite game is "find it". I have a plastic container with holes in the lid, my raiser puts smelly food inside and hides it in the yard and I get to sniff it out. The game begins with me sitting patiently in our mud room behind the glass door. Once the container is hidden, my raiser comes to the door, opens it, and (I sit and wait) until she says "find it!". I run as fast as I can, with my nose in the air, sniffing for the container. Once I find it, I sit and get a wonderful treat. Then we play it again and again. Its my favorite, maybe as fun as playing ball! We played "find it" in Sherwood Gardens, and then we hung out in a tree. I like climbing and sitting in the trees there.
Doing the laundry is not so fun. Iiked it at first, but now I am not interested. We keep practicing, but I try to wander away as soon as my raiser turns her back. Back to school has been great. I have been to my puppy raisers school twice already. The teachers and children love when I come to school activities.
Yesterday I went to Michael's craft store. I saw some pretty neat stuff, like feathers and flowers on sticks but I was told to "leave it". We had to wait in a very slow line, so my raiser took items out of the basket and put them on the floor. I did great at handing them to her. The most difficult item I had to pick up was a metal wreath hanger, and it was a little heavy, but I did it! I picked up every item off of the floor and placed it in the basket. I also practice giving the credit card to the cashier. We use an old credit card because I would get to excited and I chewed the card once or twice.
I went to the hairdresser and I was exceptionally well behaved. Everyone was impressed when I handed the credit card to the lady and took it from her and gave it back to my handler.
I am good picking up things off of the floor when dropped.
I cant wait until October, I have a fun Halloween costume to wear.