March has been my busiest month yet. At the beginning of the month, I attended Hero Dog class, which also happened to be animal day in class. There were cats, bunnies, a pigeon, and a hamster. We practiced lots of “look” and “watch.” Margaret was proud that I wasn’t very interested in the other animals, like my big brother Archie. I continued my daily adventures around town at the grocery store, mall, bank, and a few restaurants. I also went to the movies and saw “A Dogs Purpose.” Another day, HD Clara, HD Boomer, HD Archie, and I hiked from my house to Old Ellicott City. Our puppy raisers enjoyed lunch outside while we settled.
Then we stopped by Clippers Canine Cafe. It was a great day and I hope we can do it again soon!
On March 11, Margaret loaded her car up with all our stuff. Then, Margaret, Archie, and I made the 4.5 hour drive to Wheeling, WV. Margaret is a physical therapy student at Wheeling Jesuit University. We moved back to Wheeling to finish her classwork. I’ve been attending graduate classes everyday. Margaret has been very impressed with my behavior during class. Mondays are the longest days, when we have 9 hours of class, with breaks in between. One day, Margaret’s professor asked why I wasn’t in class earlier, but I was…the best compliment I could receive. I’ve been working on greeting the PT students and faculty without jumping. I also help to provide some therapy relief during exam time. I’m becoming an expert at staying on my place and ignoring other students throughout class.
We live in the city, above a popcorn shop. I have a roommate who is also a PT student. She likes to cuddle with me, not my favorite activity, but I am getting better! There is a spiral staircase in our apartment. At first, Margaret needed to carry me up and down the steps. Then one day, Margaret’s friend worked with me and taught me that they are not scary at all. I have gotten lots of experience walking on uneven surfaces and near construction sites. I also have been out to many of the nearby restaurants. Every week, the students are going out to celebrate a birthday, support a fundraiser, or even just because. Even though we are in the city, there is a wooded trail along the river that we walk every morning. Along the trail is a fenced in playground. Sometimes, when it is empty, Margaret allows Archie and I to run around there. My favorite part is going down the slide. One day, we played in the playground with another dog, Tyson, who was staying with a PT student.
One day, I went with Margaret and Archie to Mount St. Joseph. It is a nursing home that Archie and Margaret visit every week. Everyone had heard so much about me, so Margaret brought me along. I enjoyed showing off my skills for some yummy snacks.
At the end of the month, I started dog classes again. I was suppose to be in a Basic II class but not enough people signed up. Instead, I was placed in the Rally class. We work on “sits,” “downs,” “stand,” “stays,” “come,” “touch,” “front,” and “heel”. We are placed in teams and must perform the skills with accuracy and quickness. I impressed Margaret and the instructors with my skills at such a young age. Other commands I have been practicing include: leash, push, pull, say hello, and kennel. At the end of the month, I turned 5 months old!
Until next month