For part of July I was on a puppy swap, away from home base. It was amazing going to work at the Marriott Headquarters everyday with Sue. The schedule was much more demanding than my routine at the base. I missed my morning and afternoon alone time. I was exhausted the first day and went right to bed after dinner. I really enjoyed visiting with Sue. She took me to the playground, swimming in a chlorine pool, playing in a baby pool, to the music cafe, and we watched the golf tournament together.
The Captain had a dinner party at her place. There were many feet to navigate but I was in top form and received many compliments. It was so good to be back at base, I climbed into my toy box for a snug homey feeling. (There’s no place like home.)
At church I found a sweet spot for relaxing between the wall and the kneeler. It was snug but comfortable. Afterward we went to an outdoor barbecue joint with amazing smells. There was another dog there but I had my vest on so I was on my game. We took a short cruise through a specialty food store after that. No specialty dog food, sadly.
The Captain and the General had a gig in our nations capital so they dropped me off to hang with Brian, or, as I like to call him, The Bri-Guy. I stayed with him a couple of nights and we did fun guy stuff. We walked over to the gym. We made the grocery store doors open and close. We checked out the traffic, took long walks, and hit a few balls at the golf course.
The Captain picked me up early and we got back into our routine. We ended the week back a the hair salon with Christy. I stretched out on the floor and took a nap. We said good-bye to the ladies and returned to base.
It was nearly nap time one day when the doorbell rang. Lo and behold! It was Becca from Hero Dogs. She smells amazing and I couldn’t stop myself from trying to get close to her. She and the Captain talked about me for a while then she showed me some new stuff. Very cool. I can now put stuff in my mouth and get treats for it. She also put some chicken on the floor of the car. Brilliant!
Another day, the Captain took me to a place called Centennial Park to work on being around people and dogs. It was a beautiful day. She brought a lot of chicken. I can’t remember seeing many dogs or people. All I could think about was that chicken and the Captain was giving it out freely. Wait. Yes, there were people. Lots of people. And chicken. Lots of chicken. I remember it distinctly. Yes. Some people. Probably a dog or two. And chicken. Definitely remembering the chicken.
I thought the month was already amazing and then I went to stay the night with Jennifer. Her kids call me Lincoln log and I got to run with the big dogs. The next day we went to see a doctor together, just Jennifer and me. I was massively tired when the Captain picked me up at Hero Dogs.
No time to kick back. We went to a place called MVA. This is where humans speak to people and wait in long lines. They speak to more people and wait in line some more. The Captain had to use the ladies room. Now that was interesting! Peeking under the short walls to say hello seemed the polite thing to do and yet it was quite unwelcome. Many people admired how very well behaved I am. I am excellent on lead whether I am working or not. Plus, I did not try to smell anyone. Apparently that’s impressive, too.