This month I have been on some lovely walks on the paths near my house! My humans have been pretty busy with human things lately, but still try and get me to class or to my therapy visits when they can. I have been enjoying playtime in my yard as well and I am a very patient pup.
One weekend I went on a walk with Hero Dogs Maggie. It was so much fun, and I did very well leaving her alone on our walk. I didn’t pull on my leash as I showed her around. I think she enjoyed our walk. When we got to my house we both shared a bucket of water before she had to leave. It was great!
During therapy dog class this month we practiced leaving new dogs alone. There was a black Lab girl and a beagle girl sitting down with their humans, and I had to come into the room, not sniff them, and sit down near where they were. At first when I entered the room I got excited so I got a “time out” in the bathroom, and then I came out and tried again. This time I had to go away and sit while my human ignored me. I finally figured it out, and this time we walked over and I sat down, not sniffing or interacting with the new dogs.
At the end of class we went out back on the deck and I tried the catwalk! It was pretty scary, especially when I got to the top, but with Jennifer’s help and Christen putting treats down in front of me, I made my way across.
In Thursday night’s class I had so much confidence that I almost ran across the catwalk! I went two times, one faster than on Monday, and the second time I went so quickly that Christen couldn’t put treats down fast enough! Nothing scared me for long!
Then I had one very busy day. I had a Red Cross therapy dog visit at the main hospital at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and I was so excited when I got there! I met so many wonderful veterans and families! I wish I could tell you about each and every one of them! I saw so many smiles!
After my visit to WRNMMC we went to my allergist nearby. They gave me my second Cytopoint shot. I have been doing pretty well on my new allergy treatment and this makes my humans pretty happy. I am pretty happy too, because I always get a lovely treat and I am not as itchy as I used to be.
The third and final event of that day was a board meeting at the Living Legacy Foundation for Emily’s Gift. I was sooo tired that I decided to take a nap under the meeting table.
Hero Dogs class the next day was so much fun! We practiced “down-stay,” went “under” five chairs, and went “over-under,” where I got to jump “over” Hero Dogs Ruby and go “under” her and then vice-versa! Then we did leap frog over all the other dogs in “down-stays,” and I got a little caught up in smelling Hero Dogs Clara because she smells amazing! We ended the night avoiding New York bagels, and because I’m older I had to do it off leash! “Eyyy! I’m walkin’ here!” I “says” to the New York bagels as I pass them… Guess what? I made it off leash the whole way and I didn’t grab a single bagel! I did everything with great enthusiasm, the way I do everything!
Father’s Day was this month! I spent one day at my one grandfather’s house and the other day at my other grandfather’s house. On the first night all the humans sat down and ate while I stayed right by Christen’s feet. As it got late I told my humans we needed to go home and go to bed. I get pretty insistent about bedtime. The next day my great grandparents came over and I got to see my little Uncle Amigo the Havanese. He kept stealing my bones and I didn’t mind. I just sat under the table while all the humans ate, and I went bobbing for ice cubes in my water bowl when I felt hot.
The last Hero Dogs class of the month was part flu clinic and part class! We practiced getting in and out of cars. We had to sit politely and let our humans shake hands, and then we had to weave around the humans and dogs, ignoring them as we went. I did very well, except I may have tried to sniff HD Clara a little bit. At the end of the night I got to meet the new puppy! I love her a lot and my humans do too! She is very tiny and sleepy. She was silly because she followed me around, nipping at my belly like I was her mommy… sorry, kid, I can’t help you there.
At the end of the month I got a new friend named Rocket, and he is a toy raccoon! He is so much fun! I play with him every day! I am so happy that it is summer!