So this month started off with a new vet’s office to go to. I had my first appointment at Banfield. It was the best! I love all my doctors at all my vet’s offices! It was quite time consuming to always drive down to Gaithersburg to get my Cytopoint shot, but now we only have to drive five minutes up the road! My new vet there said that I am in the best condition she has seen in an allergy dog like me! My humans sure do try their best to keep me happy and healthy! I am so thankful to all the humans in my life that help me! Also, thank you to Amanda for your wonderful help! My humans appreciate it very much!
Then it was Brendan’s birthday! Brendan made it very clear that he wanted to do as little as possible to celebrate his birthday, and to spend most of the day playing music and getting Calvin snuggles. Well that was an easy day! Haha.
Unfortunately the following week we received some very sad news. My very good friend, Rika the German Shepherd, went over the rainbow bridge. She was an outstanding American Red Cross and P.A.L. therapy dog. She and her human Pat showed me the ropes as a new therapy dog a couple of years ago. She encouraged me to come to Walter Reed to join the amazing group of dogs and humans. She loved to greet me with a swipe of her paw at my back, as she wanted to play. She may have not trusted those things humans call windows, but she sure helped heal many MANY hearts! I will miss her so much but I know we will never forget all she has done. To honor her, the Red Cross therapy dog pack held a very special ceremony in the chapel at WRNMMC.
We had a Hero Dogs therapy dog class a little later. We learned so much! We practiced taking a bow at the end of a leash, or at side, or at heel. We also practiced weaving, and I even did it while my human walked! I wove in and out of her legs! Then we practiced holding the spoon in our mouths, and I am going to practice walking with it in my mouth, too. Then it was time to practice putting a biscuit on my nose and waiting… boy that was a silly one! We practiced some scent retrieving and then finally we played with bubbles! Jennifer’s daughter had a magical wand where all of the sudden dozens of glistening orbs flew through the air! It was amazing! They tasted very odd, but they are fun to pop. I can’t wait to practice all the new things I’ve learned!
Then it was time for another birthday! Birthday month! It was Christen’s birthday!!! Birthdays are so fun. Brendan got me this really silly pair of big red lips to surprise her with. He helped me put one of my bow-ties on and then he brought a GIANT birthday balloon to her. I eagerly wagged my tail and presented her with my giant “smooch me, I’m a pooch!” lips. Hehe… I am so grateful for her. We went on a beautiful park walk and spent a lot of snuggle time that day too.
So many celebrations in August! It was time to celebrate the third anniversary of my adoption day! Its always fun to look back on our adoption video we made. If you haven’t seen it, here it is! Video: WE ADOPTED CALVIN!
Time for another Walter Reed visit! It’s always a fun time when I get to visit with my Hero Dogs pals. My boys Teddy, Grant, Ivy, and I marched around putting smiles on patients’ faces. Teddy is such a ladies’ man when it comes to greeting the staff. Boy they sure do crush on him when he looks up at them with those “pet me, I’m a Golden Retriever” eyes. Sometimes when I do my silly tricks for patients he rolls his eyes, flops over, and gives his belly to everyone. We can be quite the pair! Hehe…
We went to one more Hero Dogs class towards the end of the month where we practiced avoiding distractions. We worked on “stay” and “wait.” Twenty-seven treats later, they set up a metro train car with chairs inside the classroom and we practiced ‘going on the metro!’ It was pretty cool. We would pretend to enter through the automatic doors, then go “under” to lay underneath our human’s seat. Soon after we would then practice exiting the metro. I love practicing ‘city dog’ skills!
We finished the month with National Dog Day and it was the best! I did training, went on a long walk with my humans, got a new shark toy (named Mac, the Shark), and I even had a fancy frozen puppy dessert Christen made me! In between playtimes with Mac, my humans needed to build some Ikea furniture. Mac and I thought we’d try to help by lying down next to the goofy Ikea directions. Then after some more play time, of course I ended my day with some snuggles!