Big and exciting news from me and my family this month! Jen and Noah are officially married! As the best pup, I helped with the last-minute details before they left for their wedding and honeymoon. While they were away, I enjoyed spending time with puppy sitter Elsa B. for a long while, and I loved hanging out with my new dog friend Buddy!
Speaking of wedding details, Dad and I pulled off an awesome surprise. Imagine Mom’s delight when I showed up at their wedding, and was able to share part of their special day with them! Thanks so much to Dad and puppy sitter Elsa for arranging this surprise!!
Daily life has been exciting too! I have been attending many meetings, Happy Hours, and MBA classes with Dad. I show off my well-behaved patient side when needed, and then I turn on my charm and excitement when permitted to interact with people, in order to show them how awesome a Hero Dog can be.
My other favorite thing about September was the sports scene. I attended my first University of Maryland football games, and I am officially a Terp fan! (I wear my MD bow tie with pride.) I am also pleased to tell you that I received two – not one, but two! – new footballs as presents for being such an amazing Service Dog in Training. As I’ve mentioned previously, I love playing football (and fetch in general)!
Later in the month I stayed with James and Jessica B. for a weekend – love them so much! I was very well-behaved and quiet even in situations where other young dogs might be tempted to bark, including meeting their pets again (cats, bunnies, and birds); watching several deer out the window; and spotting neighboring dogs while out for a walk.
I also got to play with the newest Hero Dogs puppy “Bobby” – love welcoming the new HDs! We tumbled, played with toys, and took a quick break to pose for a picture. I think the youngest pups look up to me – not just because I’m taller than them, but also because I’m a fun playmate and because I set a good example when it comes to service dog skills.
Jen and Noah are very proud of me because I am doing EXTREMELY well in my training. I continued to further develop my skills, and at this point, I have mastered quite a few commands. These include brace, wait, sit, down, settle, relax, touch, push, pull, take it, give, heel, side, stand, and paws up. Particularly important this month was my mastery of “heel,” “side,” and “take it.” I am still working on “hold” – but that’s something that some of the kennel dogs are still working on, too, so I am ahead of the game!
I’m looking forward to meeting my scholarship company in early October, so that I can show them how well I’m doing! Can’t wait!
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