- Name: Calvin Leon Graham – “Calvin”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, yellow, M
- DOB: December 31, 2012
- Current Status: Therapy Dog
- Donor: Milltowne Labrador Retrievers (Mario Cilia & Betty Dust)
- Puppy Raiser: Christen W. & Brendan B.
- Puppy Sponsor:
- Puppy Scholarship: John Prusak
I started my month visiting the friendly people at AFRH. Equipped with my snazzy new Army bandana, I showed lots of love to the folks there! I spent lots of time with my very good human friend Josephine. She comes to see me almost every time I visit and I just adore her. She also thinks Brendan is a cutie, but don’t tell Christen that hehe!
I felt like a great dog pioneer this month as Hero Dogs held its first ever therapy dog meeting! It felt so official. All us therapy dogs were there of course including: Radar, Dolley, Grant, Teddy, Scotty and myself. There was so much to talk about. We all have worked so hard and now we get to talk about where our therapy dog adventures will lead us! We shared stories about our therapy dog visits so far and what tasks we need to work on to pass certain tests and meet our individual therapy dog goals. I am the youngest of the group so I may have a lot to work on, but I try my very best! Teddy was flirting with Christen during the meeting leaning on her and laying his head on her lap! I’m not jealous though…I know she comes home with me!
I don’t know if I have told you yet, but I have many goals in my therapy dog work. I currently make visits to the USO at Walter Reed, but one day I would like to visit the Hospital there to greet humans who can’t get over to the USO and would like a furry friend visit them so they feel more at home. For me to be able to visit the hospital I have to pass the Canine Good Citizen test, I have to make a lot of therapy dog visits to other locations and then I can apply to visit which involves some more things for my humans and I to do. I know Christen and I can make it. We just have to train a lot (which means lots of TREATS!) Luckily we started a Hero Dogs therapy dog class to work on special things us therapy dogs will need to be able to do including tasks in our Canine Good Citizen test. I promise I will try my best, and try to update on my progress as I go along.
After our therapy dog meeting a small group of the humans at Hero Dogs got together for a top-secret meeting! I heard something about a contest fundraiser! As the project progresses you will surely hear a lot more about it through Hero Dogs.
Finally! It SNOWED! I had so much fun frolicking in the snow and catching snowballs in the air is my favorite! The confusing thing is after I catch the snowball I look all around me and I can’t find it anywhere!?!
Then we visited the USO at Walter Reed where I met a nice young man who spent a very long time hanging out with me. He wanted to help me do “touch” with the button, to retrieve his keys and so much more! It was great to spend some time during my therapy time doing active things with the people I interact with. He told me about his dog back home that he misses very much since he lives states away. When I hear stories like that I realize how important my work is. I help humans feel at home when they may be miles away from their dogs or their families. For a brief moment I get to be their family with a wag, a hug and wet kiss! I started to do this thing where I “touch” a person’s leg with my head when they are standing so they can pet me and it has gone over very well!
All the snow melted! It was such a sad day… or so I thought! Christen and I went out back and ran around! It was soo much fun and I got covered in mud! When I came inside I shook all the mud off all over the floor! Oh my! Christen said I reminded her of the dog from “Beethoven” the movie. I was sooo muddy I had to get rinsed off, but it was all worth it! Just ask Amber! She loves to dig in the mud!
Hero Dogs held its quarterly meeting this month. It was so much fun to see all the new puppies and puppy raisers! The humans learned about doggie body language, which I found to be very helpful for them. Sometimes it’s difficult for humans to interpret what us canines are saying with our bodies. I sure do hope the humans get to learn more about our doggie body language! Mitch sure was silly at the meeting! He could not get his eyes… I mean nose off of Amber. She sure is one pretty lady dog and I feel Mitch’s frustration that I had at his age. I don’t know where that feeling went either… it seemed to just vanish! …Oh well!
I ended the month with a second visit to the USO at Walter Reed. I visited with many people! Everyone loved it when I did “take a bow.” I even showed everyone how I finally can do “hold” with my Nylabone. I can’t wait to learn more things to show everyone!
Well, on to February, the month of LOVE. I’ll get to let everyone know how much I love them!