Happy New Year! Can you believe it?! Another whole year has passed and a new one has begun! I just know this is going to be the best year ever! Well everyday is the best day ever so everything is awesome!
We had a therapy dog quarterly meeting this month! We were learning duration. Having been taught as a service dog first sometimes I am very focused on my handler so I am learning math to increase the amount of time I put my head on objects or people. It was really fun! I could never guess how long my human wanted me to lay my head on her hand so I had to wait until she told me too.
Later that week I attended my first therapy dog visit of the year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)! I did my rounds with HD Teddy the golden retriever, HD Grant the black lab and Timmy the Red Cross therapy French bulldog! First we stopped in inpatient pediatrics and found a young lady who was playing in an activity room. She had spilled some food on the floor and that was really difficult to ignore while being petted. She smiled as soon as we came in and asked for a photo with all of us! We took a break in the hallway visiting with staff and then Teddy decided it would be a good time for a nap and some cuddles on his back… silly Teddy! Then we visited with a very tiny human who was on a bed. She reached out as I laid my head on the edge of the bed.
The doctor was in there trying to do an exam and she was scared so he asked us to keep her distracted. That I can do! While she petted me the doctor was able to complete his exam and the tiny human smiled and petted me on the head the whole time!
I got a raincoat finally! It is a poncho that folds up into a pouch. My humans thought it would be helpful for when it rains and I need to go into the hospital and not be soaking wet! It works great and I don’t mind it.
The next day we had the Hero Dogs quarterly meeting. This one was special because we all got our photo taken professionally! I knew just what to do! Becca the trainer put a vest and collar on me and had me sit on a big white background with these big tent stand things pointed at me. The photographer would call my name “Calvin” and I quickly looked at him and POP a big sudden flash of light, I looked around confused. Again he called “Calvin!” POP ahhh what was that?! …oh Becca has yummy treats! Then my humans came and sat with me and it happened again. Boy, are humans silly! I don’t mind because I had yummy treats!
The next week, I went to another meeting at The Living Legacy Foundation. It is pretty boring as the humans talk a lot while I “settle” under the conference table. I am getting quite used to it now and just wait for the meeting to be over. Christen says I am such a good boy and so grown up settling so nicely.
I had a second visit to WRNMMC this month and visited outpatient pediatrics. I just love kids! I visited with Timmy, Rosebud the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and later Bear the chocolate lab. I met a young man and laid my head on his bed as he reached around and rubbed my ears. As he smiled back at me I thought to myself, “sometimes I think I am the one getting the most out of these visits …especially when I get a massage!” In the waiting room there we visited with many kids, took a group photo and I even frogged out! (As usual) Timmy did some tricks alongside me as I did my “take a bow.” Then we met up with HD Radar who had been visiting that same day in a different area of the hospital and we took a photo together! Radar is now a Red Cross dog too! I have always looked up to that big yellow smiley guy!
At the end of the month I watched my mom bake banana muffins because I thought she was baking me a cake again for maybe my monthly birthday. Alas that was just for the humans!