Hunter here. Yah, I have been delinquent with my puppy blog. It’s Mom’s fault. I went on my second airplane ride on Christmas day. I did great and I was sooo chilled. When we got to the gate a little yappy dog in a box (mom says it was a dog carrier) started growling and barking in a very non-friendly way. I just ignored him and walked with mom to the pre-board area. I made friends with the folks in wheel chairs. The gate agent was getting a little freaked out because he had 5 dogs listed for the flight. Mom chatted with him told him all about Hero Dogs and Me. I fell asleep. In the end, we got to go on first and we sat in the bulk head by the window. I slept the whole way and Mom had to wake me up when we got ready to land. She was worried I would get frightened when the plane hit the tarmac. Nope, a little bump is no big deal.
We spent time with Mom’s extended family. No one gave me any people food. I tried to look very sweet and hunger when Grandpa was peeling his tangerine, but alas no luck. I went to San Francisco for the Society of Comparative Biology meeting and slept under Mom’s chair during the plenary talk. There were a gazillion people there, ok, maybe 300 and a German Shepard. I think he was working. I was also working so I did not get a chance to say hello.
Back in DC I went to a two-day meeting on Kidney Precision Medicine and made a lot of friends especially the patients. Everyone thought I was wonderful and I helped Mom start up conversations with lots of people. Several people wanted to take me for a walk but Mom kept having to say thank you but nope. Finally, I went to the NIDDK council meeting. I slept under Mom’s chair. I kept waking up when people applauded – that means it’s time to leave, right. Alas, there were several presentations but eventually we got to go out for a long lunchtime walk.
Just so you don’t think it is all sleeping under chairs, I have learned how to “take” and “give” and can pick up quarters, leashes, keys, and credit cards – oops almost credit cards. Mom’s card has a couple of puncture wounds but the strip still works.
That’s it for now,
Hero Dogs Bruce Hunter