- 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
Spring has finally sprung!
I started March with some international therapy dog work! Christen was messaged by a company that makes tests for young students in Australia! They had seen a photo of me in my therapy dog vest online and they wanted to use it in an article about therapy dogs in their national test. Of course I said, “Yes!” Any way I can help spread the word about therapy dogs to others, especially children and internationally, is a great thing. I am so happy to help children in their education as well. When I started my therapy dog journey I never knew how far across the world I could help enlighten others.
During my first visit to the USO at Walter Reed this month I saw a woman with a very shiny toy on her head and a ribbon around her. I thought maybe she wanted to play since she decided to wear toys, but Christen said she was Ms. District of Columbia. She was a very pretty human and she was very popular at the USO. I greeted all my friends and I got lots of pets. I even said a few prayers for our military friends while I was there. It was a fun time at the USO.
In our first therapy dog class this month we learned how to read! Brendan or Christen held up a piece of paper that said “SIT” and I would sit; if they held up a paper that said “DOWN” I went down. I’m working very hard and I hope to get better at reading soon!
My second visit to the USO at Walter Reed this month was so exciting! I was meeting and greeting my military friends when all of the sudden a funny man with a HUGE head came in the door! His name was “Teddy” and he is a mascot for the Washington Nationals! He came right over to me and I was wagging my tail so fast! I went right up to him and I did “Say Hello” to him. He petted me a lot and he even asked Christen for a piece of my food to feed me! He visited with my military friends and in between he would come back and pet me. I love Teddy soooo much even if he does have an abnormally big head! I sure hope I do see him again! You can check out a video of me meeting Teddy here.
At our second class of the month we went on an outing. We met at the Harris Teeter and Panera near Hero Dogs. Us dogs practiced “Leave It” with a bagel on the ground and we practiced walking by and ignoring each other like we will need to do to pass our CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. I did pretty well sitting and waiting while the humans greeted each other! After class us dogs all had to do a long “Sit, Stay” for a group photo!
At Hero Dogs I did “Relax” right up against Archie because Brendan thought it was a good idea. He kept blabbering on about “Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl” - whatever that means. I’m not sure Archie appreciated me bumping into him while I practiced “Relax” but it was a lot of fun!
This month warmed up so much that I was able to coax Christen out of the house for longer periods of time. We made several visits to our local parks and they were so busy! People and dogs everywhere! I got lots of exercise and I practiced my manners like “Look & Watch” when other dogs would walk by. I am pretty good at ignoring other dogs unless they are pulling and lunging at me. I do have a difficult time when dogs are behind me; I want to sit down and wait for them to go by so I can greet them. Christen said I am quite the ladies' man! At one of our park trips I met a very cute fluffy girl dog with ice blue eyes... her name was Lilly! I sure do hope we meet again as she was very friendly.
Now that spring is finally here and things are warming up I am enjoying my time outdoors, as we have many upcoming events and a busy schedule. I love to work and train so that is all fine with me! I hear another holiday is coming up with a giant bunny... I think I remember from last year and I sure hope he brings me something fuzzy to play with!