Margaret and I have moved back to Wheeling for year two of Physical Therapy school. I was very happy to see all my friends and continue therapy dog visits at the nursing home.
I showed the residents the new commands I learned over the summer: “shake” and “roll over.” For Halloween I dressed up as a candidate for president.
I got all the residents’ votes 🙂 I’ve also started visiting another nursing home with a dog friend I met in Wheeling.
Remember the Labor Day dog pool party at the park from last year? Well I attended again this year! I have never been around so many dogs at once!
People were amazed at my jumping skills and ability to go up the ramp myself without Margaret even having to get into the pool!
I also attended two more dock diving competitions this fall. The first one was in Wheeling and some of my friends and residents from the nursing home came to watch me. I set my new personal record of 20.7 ft! Margaret said it was because I had my own cheering squad. I received a third place ribbon at this event.
I attended another event in Virginia in October where I received a first and second place metal! The biggest surprise came a week later when Margaret and I received a letter stating that I qualified for the Dock Dogs World Championships!! Margaret was so proud of me and wished she could have taken me but the competition was 12 hours away and the weekend before her exams. She has no doubt I will get an invitation another year!
In November I volunteered in Margaret’s PT classes race, to raise funds for their international service trips. Me and Margaret’s job was being the last finisher of the race, so no one would get lost and everyone would know when the race was over. I stopped many times along the way to visit students at the water stations. Afterwards, I was invited inside the gym for the awards and the raffle they hosted. It was a great time and I think they raised lots of money for their trip!
Thanksgiving was a break from our regular routine. We drove to Deep Creek Lake for a few days to celebrate with Margaret’s family and grandparents. Once back in Wheeling, it was a two week countdown until the semester ended. Margaret and her friends studied hard but I was a good distraction and excuse from them studying overboard 🙂 We did take one night off to watch the Wheeling Christmas Parade happening right outside our apartment.
Once exams were over, we packed everything up and headed home to Maryland. I’m very happy because we are staying in MD until March. That means extra time with Lincoln and my Hero Dogs friends!!
Until Next Time,