Sorry I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been pretty busy since I left the Hero Dogs kennel. I was discharged from Hero Dogs in May 2015 because of my strong “love” of squirrels, birds, deer, and cats, especially the HD cat, Betsy. You see, during the five months I lived in the kennel, I always wanted to chase Betsy and I couldn’t help myself. People say I have a very strong prey drive and I can’t be trained out of it.
When Margaret learned I was being discharged, she found an apartment down the street from her school, that took a (large) dog, and a roommate who liked dogs. Everyone was happy that she would be able to adopt me!
When I went home to Margaret’s house, not only was my best bud Lincoln there, but HD Boomer was also there. For the next month, Boomer and I trained together at home. He was even there to celebrate my 2nd birthday. We had a pumpkin-peanut butter dog cake… my favorite! At the end of June, Boomer moved in with a new puppy raiser, because Margaret and I were moving away later in the summer. Since I have last written, HD Boomer has moved into the Hero Dogs kennel, and I wish him luck!
Over the summer, Margaret took me to a DockDogs practice. Since it was the first time I ever swam in anything but a lake, she took me to the pool first. Once I got the hang of jumping off the ledge, we tried the big dock. I hesitated at first because the jump was higher than the pool, but once Margaret threw the ball in the water, I jumped right in. After the first jump, jumping off the dock wasn’t a problem. Each time I would jump, Margaret would make me sit and wait while she walked to the edge of the dock. Then she would say “at ease” and I would sprint to the edge and jump as far as I could to catch the ball.
Once I moved to Wheeling, there was a big DockDogs competition in town. I jumped 13 ft. The professionals told me that was great for my first jump, and Margaret needs to work on her ball throwing. They said once Margaret throws the ball better, I’ll jump farther to reach the ball. 🙂 When it gets warmer outside, I can’t wait to start practicing again.
This summer I also made trips to the Hagerstown Outlets. The great thing about this place is that all of the stores Margaret goes in allow dogs inside! I was complimented many times on my behavior inside the stores, but that’s because I’ve been going in stores all my life! I also made a trip to Old Alexandria, which, by the way, is very dog friendly. I went into a few stores, visited an art museum, and sat on the patio during lunch.
I went to Deep Creek Lake for vacation a few times. One vacation was extra special because HD Dominic came along. I had a great time swimming for tennis balls with him. Another time we went to Deep Creek Lake, I made some new friends, including a very pretty chocolate lab named Bailey. Throughout the summer, I also went to some Hero Dogs events, including the Open House and a Veteran’s event in DC.
At the end of the summer, Margaret left for physical therapy school in Wheeling, WV. She had to stay in a hotel for a week before moving into her apartment, so I stayed home with Margaret’s family and Lincoln. Two weeks later, all of my stuff was packed up and Margaret’s family drove me to Wheeling. I was so happy to see Margaret and to explore my new home!
One day she took me to the public pool in Wheeling because they had a swimming day for dogs. It was so much fun to swim and play with the other dogs. Since living in Wheeling, I’ve made a lot of dog and people friends. Since we live in the center of the city, on the plaza, I love to look out the windows. One of the best things about living in the city is all of the fire trucks that drive by. Margaret and her roommate always laugh because I like to mimic the noise. She posted a video during a fire truck parade. When it is warm outside, we sit outside at one of the tables while Margaret does some schoolwork. Also, every day we go on a long walk along the Ohio River. There are not many squirrels but there are groundhogs, which are even more exciting to look at.
Over winter break, Margaret and I drove back home to MD. I was so happy to see Margaret’s family and especially my buddy Lincoln. Over break I was able to attend Hero Dogs therapy dog class, and I saw all of my dog and people friends. It was great to catch up on my skills and see what it takes to become a therapy dog. Over break I was also able to visit with Morgan and Jean. I love going to visit them because they always take me on lots of adventures, feed me chicken, and make me extra special dog treats. 🙂
Over break I also visited with my friend HD Ruby. We went to an indoor dog pool! It was so much fun because I hadn’t been swimming since the summer. At one point I got so excited that I jumped off of the side of the pool to get a ball. I didn’t get hurt, but Margaret said not to do it again. Whoops! I hope I’ll be able to go swimming again with Ruby next time I’m home!
Once Margaret and I got back to Wheeling, we practiced very hard for my therapy dog test, and guess what… I passed!!! To celebrate, Margaret gave me some Chick-fil-A nuggets. Yum! Now I’m a certified therapy dog through the organization Love on a Leash. I started to visit a nursing home in Wheeling and it’s been so much fun! I visit with the residents. They tell me stories about their dogs, and they try to sneak me some treats… but I don’t mind! Hopefully this summer, when I come home, I’ll be able to go on some therapy visits with my Hero Dogs friends.
Also, this semester, Margaret had to leave Wheeling and couldn’t take me with her. I stayed at a friend’s house with two Brittany spaniels, Belle and Bolt. I had so much fun with them!
By the way, I now have an Instagram account where you can keep up with my daily adventures and therapy dogs visits: arch_and_linc!
I’ll give you another update soon on my adventures in Wheeling!