Wow! Is August over already? I’ve been so busy with my puppy raisers I didn’t even notice! I am now 6 1/2 months old and tipping the scale at 57+ pounds. Long walks and chasing balls in the back yard is a lot of fun but I also appreciate a good nap! I credit my handsome good looks to my “beauty” sleep!
I started the month and ended the month with Hero Dogs training classes. At the beginning of August I met my fellow HD puppies for a trip to the Olney Library. We worked on walking slowly down the stairs, near traffic, in parking lots, and of course being in a quiet library. It was hard because all of my HD buddies were there–Tahoe, Raymond, Bartley and Jaz. I really, really just wanted to run and play but I quickly learned that it was “work” time and not “play” time. My end of the month trip was super exciting–my raisers and I learned how to ride the Metro! There are a lot of things for my raisers and I to think about–going through the gate, riding the elevator, entering and exiting the car and settling in for the ride. We will for sure be practicing this again– on a weekend when the metro is not too busy….
One of the big events I went to this month was the Hero Dogs Golf Tournament on August 7th. Unfortunately it was a rainy day but we still had a great time greeting all the golfers who came out to support Hero Dogs. I had a lot of fun riding in a golf cart and I am hoping next year I will get to drive (paws crossed!). I am very thankful to all the golfers for supporting our organization!
As I get older and stronger (this is where my super naps come into play!) I am able to go on longer walks and hikes. This month I discovered Patuxent Nature Reserve, Little Bennet Park, and the Monocacy River. I love splashing in water and walking new trails–lots of good smells and training opportunities for my raisers.
I also had some special outings this month. At the beginning of August I went to my very first baseball game with my best buddy HD Tahoe to watch the Frederick Keys in action! I had a lot of fun but it was really hard work ignoring all the food and “stuff” on the ground. Tahoe and I even got to meet the Keys mascot! Towards the end of the month I went to the “Celebrate Mount Airy” block party. I mixed and mingled with my community and spent time at the VFW booth. My puppy raiser and I were happy to talk about the VFW/Veterans services, as well as Hero Dogs with our neighbors.
At the end of the month I had a taste of what K9 college will be like–my puppy raisers dropped their youngest daughter off at people college. It was a bit emotional for my raiser mom but I guess the goal for raising kids and service dogs is knowing that they will go on to do great things…..
Fall is coming–or so I’ve been told. I have noticed that it is a bit cooler outside (which I LOVE) and it is darker in the morning. Seasons are changing. I was at Home Depot last weekend and checked out the Halloween display–I was very curious but not scared. I can’t wait for my September adventures! Will write again soon! ❤️