- Name: Hero Dogs USS Tahoe – “Tahoe”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, black, M
- DOB: February 20, 2017
- Current Status:
- Current Status: Advanced Training Program
- Puppy Raiser: Sue and Mike R.
- Puppy Sponsor: Ralph White Merchandising, Inc.
- Puppy Scholarship: Ralph White Merchandising, Inc.
- Veteran/Hero Dog Team Sponsor: Ralph White Merchandising, Inc.
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Hello Everybody – Tahoe Here – Happy Holidays to All!
What a great beginning to this month – SNOW – I had no idea what this white stuff was – it didn’t feel so great on the paws at first but then, Oh MY – I love playing in the snow. I ran, jumped, twisted and turned playing with the snow! My raiser was balling it up and tossing snowballs at me while I tried…and successfully… caught them! My raiser however, didn’t like playing out in the snow – she kept close to the grass and cleared pathways on our walks and waited for Mike to get home to go out for much longer and faster walks. She’s doing better, just not 100% yet.
Along with the snow, my raiser and I returned to work. I don’t go in everyday as she still is healing and having to walk me a lot is not so good for her. So, I stay home with Mike a few times a week and we do boy stuff, hang out and train and run errands in the big truck.
This season we did a lot of visits with family and made Christmas cookies but I was not picked to be the official taster. We took lots of drives looking at all the decorations and lights and we visited Zeke’s house for play dates. It seems everyone is home from school so all my buddies are home to play with me. I love it. Just what I needed!
This month Jennifer had the Hero Dogs training at the Frederick Library. Man was it cold but I was working hard walking around listening to my raisers, going up and down stairs practicing one step at a time, sitting and listening to commands like: wait, touch (and touch wait), let’s go, step (and step wait), side, heel, turn, sit, paw, stay, paws up, off and doing combinations of a few at a time like: take-bring-paws up-drop-off then turn & sit, paws up & wait. I’m getting pretty good too. To help me in my walking/pulling, Jennifer and Becca have given me a gentle leader – I am
not a fan…but if it helps me learn that I am pulling and I should be – I will try!
Later that evening we ate at a restaurant, OPA, where my raisers tried flaming cheese and octopus tentacles. That does NOT sound appetizing to me but they all seemed to enjoy it, my favorite part was meeting new Hero Dogs and their veterans for the first time, thank you Kevin.
Next was the big event – Christmas. My raiser and I spent time at the stores or on the computer and this nice Fed Ex guy would deliver boxes to our house *almost daily:) Later, me and my raiser would sneak in to the bedroom where we tried to wrap them up in this pretty paper and lots of bows. I don’t think I was much help as she had to use a lot of tape to close the holes where my paws went through the paper. We later learned we needed to put the bows on last as they were too much of a temptation for me…even when the boxes were put up high, I just couldn’t resist getting up close and looking at them.
Christmas morning came and grandma, pop-pop and Lily came by. We got to open up presents and I of course was the best help pulling the paper and bows off the boxes. Then, my raiser handed me my own box….I was able to pull the paper and bows off and man what a mother-load of toys were inside. I got treats, treat puzzles, kongs, chewy toys and a few balls to chase. I will for sure be kept busy for a long time! I think Christmas should come every month. Oh Wait! My raiser has the Chewy app…..Christmas does come every month!
In closing I want to thank all the wonderful workers and awesome volunteers at Hero Dogs a very happy holiday and a very wonderful new year!
See ya next year!