It’s been a very exciting and fun summer for me. The summer started with a move to Pittsburgh for 8 weeks! We had to move because Margaret had her clinical rotation there. We lived in the heart of the city, which was an adjustment for me, lots of tall buildings and small patches of grass. We spent the afternoons and weekends exploring the city. Did you know Pittsburgh is known as the Steel City because it has 446 bridges! One of my favorite weekends was when we drove to Misty Pines. Misty Pines is like doggy heaven. It was multiple indoor and outdoor fenced parks with agility equipment, and my favorite part, the lake! I spent a few hours jumping off the dock and swimming for tennis balls. It was a blast! While I was in Pittsburgh, I also celebrated my 3rd birthday. We celebrated with doggy ice cream and a trip to play with my dog friends at the local park. Other trips in Pittsburgh included a therapy dog visit to the veterans nursing home, exploring PNC park, and visits from college and graduate school friends.
Once Margaret’s rotation was over, we packed up and drove back to Maryland for the rest of the summer! I was very happy to see Margaret’s family and especially my best friend Lincoln. I was able to spend weekends at Deep Creek Lake, where I practiced by dock diving skills. Later in the summer, I attended a dock diving event. I earned a ribbon for 1st place in my jumping division . I also tried “chase-it” which is when I chase a dummy through the water as fast as I can. I got 2nd place! I can’t wait until next summer when I can enter in more competitions!
I was able to attend Hero Dogs classes while I was home. It was great to see all my service dog and therapy dog friends. I even went to the Hero Dogs Golf Tournament in August! I greeted Hero Dogs supporters and golfers, rode in a golf cart, and demonstrated my therapy dog skills to everyone.
Before I went back to Wheeling, I spent a week with Morgan and Jean. We drove 10 hours to Vermont to visit Morgan’s family. I’ve never been in the car for so long but we took many potty and food breaks along the way. Vermont was very exciting because we stayed on a farm with lots of animals! I was unable to chase the animals but I enjoyed looking from the windows. The plan was to stay in Vermont for a week, but we were only there for a day before Jean injured her foot by stepping in a hole! We drove back to Maryland the following day, so she could see a specialist. Jean had orders not to walk on her foot and take it easy so I stayed by her side for the rest of the week. I had so much fun as usual staying with Morgan and Jean. I can’t wait to see them again in December when I’m home!
Now that summer is over, Margaret and I are packing up to head back to Wheeling. I’m excited to see all my dog and PT friends again!