School is out – and it’s time to play! We have been out and about exploring lots, since we have more free time. One of my favorite parts of summer vacation so far is that Molly and I get to get together with my Hero Dog buddies and go on training excursions with them during the day now.
For example, we took the Metro into DC recently – what fun! I’ve ridden in cars and buses, even a golf cart, but this was my first experience riding the rails. I was cool and calm the whole time, and I fooled the passengers into thinking I was a real pro. When the train was crowded, I tucked myself under the seat so I wasn’t in anyone’s way. When switching trains, I waited safely on the platform and didn’t worry about the sights and sounds all around me. I greeted people appropriately, and calmly smiled at another service dog I saw across the tracks. Molly was very proud.
We’ve done some camping this summer, too. I like to camp because we go on long walks to neat places, and I get to smell so many new things. The last trip we took was with the whole family, so my canine cousins got to come, too! There were four of us there, and we loved hiking and romping together. We were so tired at night that we slept right through the s’mores… shoot.
Speaking of family, I’ve gotten to see a lot of Molly and Ben’s nieces and nephews this summer, which has helped me not miss the kids at school quite as much. They have been taking good care of me and helping keep my skills sharp. I really have to work hard on “wait” and “leave it” when there’s a two year old trying to put food on my paws, but I can do it. At a family cookout, when it was really warm, I even stood still while the kids put ice cubes down my back to cool me off. When they said “at ease,” I got a chance to eat the cubes as they fell off of me. That was a fun way to beat the heat!
Labor Day is quickly approaching, and so I guess summer is nearly over. While that’s a bit of a bummer in some ways, I’m looking forward to heading back to school to meet my new group of Junior Trainers. I’ll keep you posted on how the start of the school year goes – see you in September!