- Name: Hero Dogs Molly Pitcher – “Molly”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, black, F
- DOB: June 4, 2014
- Current Status: Hero Dogs Graduate, partnered with Veteran Justin S.
- Donor: Scioto Labradors (Deborah Rybinski)
- Puppy Raiser: Lenora, Heather & Dave O.
- Puppy Sponsor: EXCEL Services Corporation
- Puppy Scholarship: Charles and Martha Carpenter
Many humans that know me say I have matured since my days with the "Three Musketeers" (HD Ruby and HD Chief) and I must agree. I love to work, as long as there are yummy treats involved! This pup doesn't work for free! My great work ethic makes me a top choice for all the volunteers to take to all of the events. If Becca and Jennifer would let me, I'd go to every single one!
I know I'm Moira's favorite and that is why she picked me and HD Robbie to go with her to the Mike Childress Golf Tournament in Ocean City, MD. After a long hard day of work on the links, HD Robbie and I were rewarded with the best gift ever...a trip to the beach! Nothing like soaking up the sun and catching some waves to end the perfect day. Good thing I'm always beach body ready!
My representation of Hero Dogs didn't end at the golf tournament. I like to say I was hand selected to be the face of Hero Dogs during events such as the 1st Annual VeRUS for Veterans Dog Expo, Laurel American Legion Presentation, and multiple CFC events. During a CFC event at the Department of Commerce, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, my handler noticed how much of a worker bee I was - I wanted nothing to do with the dog from the rescue organization. My attention was only on the treat pouch and wanting to perform more skills, so everyone could see what a service dog can do.
Not saying that I'm the most gorgeous looking girl in the kennel, but the picture doesn't lie! Eat your heart out boys! This beautifully sassy girl doesn't get out of training for her future veteran though. Becca has me learning how to alert to some PTSD cues and working on not chasing small critters. I swear those small critters are mocking me!
I better get back to training and keeping all these boys in line in the kennel.
The Last Musketeer,
November was a very fun month for me - I got to go on so many adventures! The month started off like any other with a trip to visit my buddy Remy the golden retriever, but this time I got to stay for a while! My puppy sitters took great care of me and I did my best to tire them out.
Another big adventure was a trip to a great big place called Chicago. Sometimes I think reflections are a bit scary, but I went to see a giant reflective bean and I wasn’t scared at all! We walked all around the city and visited all kinds of cool places. And then I saw the best thing ever...water! Heather says it’s called Lake Michigan, and I really wanted to go swimming in this big lake. Thankfully, I got to play in the water for a bit before I dried off and resumed my service dog duties.
I also got to visit an agility class where I have been practicing “place” on my mat while other dogs run around. It’s really really hard to stay still when I want to play with other dogs, but I’m getting better! When I’m not practicing “place,” I get to play with the agility obstacles. My favorite one is called the A-Frame, and it’s shaped like a big pyramid. I like to run to the very top and stand there because it feels like I’m on top of a mountain!
But my favorite thing ever happened at the end of the month. I got to spend Thanksgiving with some of my favorite people! And I didn’t steal any turkey, I promise! Look below for a photo of me celebrating my second Thanksgiving with a WWII Veteran (recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star) (also known as "Uncle Ralph")!
See you next month!