Now that summer has come to an end, let me briefly update you on what I have been up to. During the first half of August, I took some time off from therapy dog work to go RVing with my humans and Sammie. We drove to Niagara Falls, NY, and crossed the “Rainbow Bridge!” into Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Lucky for us, it is not the Rainbow Bridge we hear about dogs and cats crossing. On the Canadian side of the bridge, three Immigration Officers stopped us and asked if Sammie and I would bite them. What??? No, we don’t bite! With that well established, they made us get out of the RV while they searched it. Nothing there but dog food! As for the Falls, they are big and spectacular. Fortunately for me, I didn’t get too close. I saw them from the bridge.
Next, we drove to 1000 Islands, NY. (Yes, this is where 1000 Islands salad dressing was invented). We stayed at a campground on Association Island. It is beautiful and we had a camp site right on the shore of Lake Ontario. Sammie and I went hiking and swimming every day. Well, Sammie went swimming; I kinda walked on the edge of the water. Believe it or not, I am not much of a water dog. I like to look at water but not swim in it. Thank goodness there was always a nice rock to stand on.
When we got home, I was ready to return to my therapy dog work. I was happy to see my doggy friends and human friends at the Hebrew Home. I love assisting the physical therapists and making people feel better. Sadly, I was able to go to work only a few times. It seems that I injured my right leg and was told that I needed to take it easy. Since after a couple of weeks of relaxation my leg did not get better, I was scheduled for physical therapy. So, that’s where we are. Instead of helping provide physical therapy, I am receiving physical therapy! I know the routine: stretching, underwater treadmill, range of motion… The best part is that Robin, April, and Stacey are working with me. You may remember them from the time I was in rehab after knee surgery. I love them all, and I think they love me. They especially like that I pick up everything for them. Evidently, I have not forgotten my training as a service dog.
In a few weeks, I will let you know how things are going. Physical Therapy seems to be working!