- Name: Hero Dogs Radar O’Reilly – “Radar”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, yellow, M
- DOB: January 11, 2011
- Current Status: Therapy Dog
- Donor: Milltowne Labrador Retrievers (Mario Cilia & Betty Dust)
- Puppy Raiser: Alison P. and Steve P.
- Puppy Sponsor: Carlyn and Jeff Weaver
I am really enjoying my new life as a pet, a kennel volunteer, a therapy dog, and providing dog-assisted therapy. I live with Charlotte, who taught me how to sleep on the couch, to howl during trumpet practice, and to scare away deer. We walk every day in the fields near my house. In the summer we get to wade in the creek. On good days we can check out the construction at Trotter’s Glen Golf Course. The old golf cart paths make great racing tracks and there are a few horse trails we can trot down.
I still get to visit my Hero Dogs friends when I volunteer for kennel duty. It was confusing at first because they kept forgetting to give me my dinner Kong and Jack kept going in my kennel. They never made me ‘get busy’ on the leash either but I didn’t mind that. I still rush to Gracie to say ‘hi’ when I visit. So far she has not complained that I smell like Charlotte. I also get to see many of my people friends when I am there.
I am enjoying being a therapy dog. First I went to P.A.L. (People, Animals, Love) and got certified. This involved sit, stay, and come which were very easy for me. I did get tired of sitting in the room with 15 other dogs listening to some man talk. I was more than ready to start working or at least visiting the other dogs. We then went to several sites to see how I would do. I really do not enjoy sitting down and letting people pat my head. I had to practice that a lot and I would rather do a few tricks to make them smile. Sometimes just standing still and smiling at them makes them happy. One of my favorite places to visit is the Adventist Behavior Center where I am thrown balls to retrieve. I also go to the Washington Hebrew home to provide dog-assisted therapy. It feels a lot like retrieving balls to me but I have to work hard there.
Last month I passed my Canine Good Citizen test. I really had to work hard not to play with the other dog during the test. I had no problem ignoring the people walking around but I really wanted to say ‘hi’ to the other dog. Since I passed, this means I can go to even more therapy sites.