Happy New Year!
A week into the New Year it was so windy that our electricity went out! I didn’t mind, though, because that meant the humans weren’t staring at those boring screens all day, and instead they played with me a lot! We kept a fire going and cuddled until the electricity came back on. I really didn’t notice anything was different except the humans kept complaining.
At our monthly therapy dog meeting we invited a new member to the therapy dog pack! Hero Dogs “Ivy” who spent some time at our place a couple of years ago! He is super cuddly and perfect for therapy! The humans went over what to do to become a certified therapy dog and shared some tips along the way. I think I should wear a shirt that says “Therapy Dog Recruiter.” I can’t wait for him to join us on our visits soon!
Becca and Moira, with therapy dogs Grant and Teddy, are soon to be joining me at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Canter (WRNMMC)! I am sooo excited to have some Hero Dogs to join me! We worked on some skills, but mostly the humans like to talk at the quarterly meeting. I had several visits to WRNMMC this month. The most memorable was my visit to the outpatient clinic and the amputee clinic. At times the hospital is busy, and sometimes it is quiet. Other times some parts are busier than others. On one day, there were many people waiting for their appointments. I was showing some of my tricks, and a Veteran wheeled up to me and started petting me. He liked me a lot and I liked him too. He was very impressed with my training.
I walked around and visited with many other patients, and then I saw a family with an injured Veteran. I decided to show the toddler in the stroller all my tricks, and she laughed so much! I didn’t know I was putting on a comedy show! Sometimes I visit with the patients, but sometimes visiting with the family and friends helps a whole lot too! From the corner of my eye I could see that the dad was smiling so much!
After that I visited with a Veteran who was from far away, and he was so very impressed with me that he wanted to know what kind of dog I am. He told a human to tell my human that he has five dogs at home. He loved watching my training! He was in a very tall wheelchair and he did not have a lap, but I knew just what to do! I laid my head right on his wheelchair so he could reach and pet me. I cannot even tell you how special that day was. Every visit is special, but that day I met so many people that I felt I truly helped. It felt very nice to help those humans find their smiles!
We had our quarterly Hero Dogs meeting this month. We talked about so many things including… dog puberty! (My humans swear I am not done with that phase!) Although I am three now, I have yet to reach social maturity because, as my humans call it, I am a “late bloomer.” Most importantly I received a canine care pack from Clipper’s Canine Café, sponsored by Oskar, Kit-Kat, & Tank! It had a Kong Wobble in it and tons of goodies for me to learn my training with.
In the middle of the month, my humans had to go out of town to the land of Michigan and decided that James and Jessica would watch me! I know James because he works at Hero Dogs, and Jessica volunteers at HDI often. I was so excited to go to a new place with awesome people and new creatures! I didn’t even notice my humans were gone for that many days. I got there and learned that these were my kind of humans! They had a huge bed on the floor and I immediately rolled around to celebrate. They then informed me that this was their bed! These humans are sooo awesome!
I met their cats Moses and Samuel. Moses and I got along pretty well on account of him not minding me smelling him all the time. I even licked him on the face once because he smells like delicious chicken and turkey! Sam was not so impressed with me smelling him so much and decided I was pretty annoying. I met Dundee the Cockatiel and he liked me so much he said “Pretty bird!” which is very nice of him to be so inclusive! I even met their two pigeons that don’t really say much, and their bunnies too! I was not that interested in the bunnies or birds, as I just sniffed them and went on my way. Moses was a lot of fun and when he ran I thought he was playing, but no luck.
When the snow came we tried to play outside, but it was so deep I could hardly walk through it, so we stayed inside a lot for cuddles, training, and bone-chewing time! I am totally okay with that! I loved smelling everything! I smelled their house and cat a lot. I was nervous about one hallway that was narrow and had a recycling bin. (Don’t worry, when Christen came to pick me up we worked on it, and when I got home we started training in narrow areas — and I am doing a lot better now.) All humans should have their beds down low because it is waaaay better for snuggling! I am so glad James and Jessica welcomed me into their home and took such good care of me!
After winter storm Jonas came we got snowed in! Christen and Brendan even had to go on an epic adventure to come pick me up from James & Jessica’s. At first they could not even drive back because the roads were closed, so they had to stay at a hotel for another night! Then, when the roads finally opened they drove many hours. Once they got home, Brendan shoveled all the way to the house from the road just to drop off their luggage and prepare to come get me! At that same time Jessica (bless her heart) shoveled a very long path that must have been miles long from their house to the street, as James and Jessica have a very long driveway that at the time was not yet plowed. Christen and Brendan parked at the bottom of the driveway and climbed that path to get to the house where I was staying, and then we made a pilgrimage all the way down together back to the car! It seemed like such an epic journey for little me! I was happy to see Brendan and Christen, of course, but I really enjoyed my time with James and Jessica!
I do hope for more snow adventures next month! I love the snow!