- Name: Hero Dogs C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson – “Chief”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, black, M
- DOB: August 11, 2014
- Current Status: Therapy Dog
- Donor: Osprey Labradors (Carol Tuthill)
- Puppy Raiser: Jen F.
- Puppy Sponsor: Midwest Benefit Consultants, LLC / Steven Schoenbrun
- Puppy Scholarship: ENC·Strategy
First, the most exciting change in my life is that I am a big brother to a young pup! Jen, Noah, and I fostered, and then adopted, my baby brother Tucker - love him SO much! I am SOOO good with him and am diligent in teaching him my ways; he already knows the commands sit, watch, wait, down, kennel, and settle. Pretty soon I'll teach him an advanced skill or two - can't wait!
Second, the winter holidays were amazing. I celebrated my second Hanukkah with the family. Then I experienced Daddy's first Christmas at home (as opposed to overseas), and we all went to Wilmington, Delaware. There were a total of two babies, five dogs, and eight adults, and I was the most well-behaved dog there!
December was also a month filled with fabulous events. In particular, I went to the Kennedy Center for a musical! I also attended Happy Hours, brunches, a bar for wing night (it was sooooo hard to focus on work with the smell of fresh chicken around me!), and a Brazilian Steak House (this was also a difficult one). Day-to-day activities included multiple meetings, two movies, and visits to an elementary school and a human doctor's office. I also rode the metro again a couple of times!
Since I last wrote, I have mastered quite a few commands: under, leash, heel, side, pull, push, kennel, step, brace, paws-up, look, take-it, hup, and watch. (I've always been strong at all the others - but I'm amazing at these now!)
Speaking of training successes, I am getting very good at touching/pushing the handicap door button - sometimes I miss it when I try, but I'm getting better!
Mommy reminded me to share a funny "Chiefy" story with you. We were walking into our apartment building, where the doorman has a jar of milk bones on the counter. Jen said "paws-up" - but she mumbled the command, so I thought I heard "hup." Next thing you know, I was jumping up and sitting on the front desk of the apartment building… Thank goodness everyone laughed, and Jen quickly said "OFF!" - but it goes to show that I'm really good at "hup" even in strange situations!
So excited to discover what 2016 will bring!