Did you know that 2018 is the year of the dog!? Coincidence? I think not. Dogs (especially service dogs) are so important that a year is named for us. I was pretty excited to celebrate my first new year and the year of the dog. I stayed up late and chewed all the bones. New year, same me!
So far, in 2018 my humans and I started back up at school. Big dog classes are the most fun and active. I’m doing my best to learn from the older dogs, but sometimes I still just want to play. Good thing we get to play in class too. Human classes are not as exciting. Mostly I just nap during law and PhD school.
2018 has also been filled with plenty of time outside eating snow and smelling smells. I’m still not quite sure what to do with that snow stuff. It disappears when I catch it in my mouth! I’ll let you know when I catch some.
I also spent a week with Jaz’s raiser, Gary, during the puppy exchange. I went on lots of walks and played with some neat toys. Thanks, Jaz! Thanks, Gary! After a 7-days, or a month in doggy-years, it was nice to head back to my raisers.
Being 10 months old now, I am officially a teenager, which I decided means I’m an adult. I have a hilarious new game where I do the opposite of what my raisers ask. I always follow up with good behavior (hey- I still love snacks), but I sure keep my raisers on their toes! It is amusing and snack-tastic. That being said, I take my work seriously. Col. Bartley, is always on duty while in uniform. I get to work by picking things up, working on my commands, settling during human class, and ignoring distractions. It’s great because snacks are still involved. Being a Hero Dog is the best.
My upset tummy still makes an appearance now and again. I went to the vet with George and Jennifer a couple times. Hopefully I will get better soon! In the meantime I’m not complaining- I get homemade beef and rice when I’m sick. YUM!
There is also lots of progress in my training. It is going well. I am a fan of retrievers, I mean retrieving. Especially the retrieving of…socks. I snag those like no other. Perhaps it’s because socks and snacks sound almost the same and both go in my mouth. My favorite training activity of the month, without a doubt (and this gets two paws up), is paws up.Thanks for reading, and sniff ya’ later!