Sorry guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve written to tell you about all that’s happened in the last few months. I’ve learned so much so quickly and I’ve taught my Veteran a lot of important things; so please indulge me and let me tell you what’s the latest for Frankie & Angelee.
December was a very busy month for us! A few big events happened that were difficult for Angelee to talk about until now. But first the fun stuff… I turned TWO years old on December 16th!! I didn’t like wearing the birthday hat very much, but I really enjoyed the presents (a new toy and more treats!!). Being two years old is a big deal; 2 dog years = 21 human years, so theoretically I could drink if I wanted to!! (j/k) But honestly, I feel much more mature now and I think it shows in my behavior.
Here I am helping my Veteran on a very important and difficult part of her transitioning from the Army to civilian life. Because I was there to help her, we got through each part of this process with great success!!
I came to Angelee at just the right time because December was a month where I did a LOT of work to help her, without even knowing it. Here are some of the places we went this month, and at each stop I helped my Veteran to not have panic attacks.
For some reason she got really happy and gave me a big smile after I “got busy” next to one of these places that are scary for her to visit…. hmmm…. Humans are funny but I guess dogs help them learn not to take things so seriously.
Then, on December 20th, I got all gussied up and met Maverick, Gracie, and Radar at a party for my Veteran – Angelee celebrated retiring from the Army after almost 20 years of service – that’s like almost 100 Dog years!!
My friends and I behaved really well in our vests and made our humans proud. They all commented on what good Lebanese food they enjoyed but none of them cared to drop even a little tidbit for us. 🙁
Christmas was lots of fun but I already told you about that in my last post. 🙂
Now I am the BIG DOG on Campus!!
My Veteran and I started going to a boring place called college. Well, that’s not completely true, human college does have some exciting parts – like there’s this fun lake on campus with ducks in it. Oooh, yeah, and squirrels there too…. and a forest with a path where we go for our walks, and a tennis court where I get to chase balls and sometimes try to chew on them!
My Veteran calls some classes “lab” but I don’t see any of my dog friends there so I just call it nap time. Other classes are called “lecture” and that’s when I really get to snoozing, ’cause man those humans talk a LOT!! It took the folks at NOVA a few weeks to get used to seeing me in the halls and in the library and such… I made the cafeteria man very nervous on the first day for some reason… guess he didn’t know that I know how to “Leave It!” Most folks would either want to pet me or would be afraid of me – but they were always surprised by my cuteness and good behavior.
I heard lots of comments about me when we walked through the halls in the beginning, but after a while folks got used to seeing this Big Dog on Campus. Some teachers weren’t keen on the idea of me being in class at first, but by the third week they complimented my good behavior.
My favorite part of school days is when we go to chill out at the park after class. We get to go play and walk in this nearby park which we both agree is sort of like paradise after being cooped up in class.
I mentioned earlier about how much I’m teaching my Veteran. I am teaching her how to have fun… in the snow! She hasn’t tried rolling around in it like I love to do, but I keep showing her how much fun it can be and she laughs. My Veteran didn’t like winter at all, but now she gets to see the beauty in things a lot more – taking me outside to get busy gets her up and moving and usually puts us both in better moods. Because she has homework and studying now we don’t get to spend all our time outside like we did this fall, but Snow Days are fun because we get to go for long walks instead of going to school. Nevertheless, we are both looking forward to spring!
Another fun thing that happened in February was that I got a new collar! Since Mae joined the other black labs at college, she borrowed my blue collar for a while so the humans could tell her apart from Gracie and Grant… silly humans don’t know how to smell us out, I guess. Oh well, I hope Mae knows that Blue is the lucky collar color! Now that I’m matched, though, I think Red brings out my dashing highlights.
I am teaching my Veteran the importance of Good Treats. After a few months now, I think she’s finally catching on to how important Good Food preparation is, although I personally would like to have more chicken on a daily basis.
Here I am enjoying the great outdoors again! One of my favorite things to play in, around, and on top of is water. Ice is so tasty that I don’t know why people don’t snack on it all the time.
People College is important, but continuing my training with other Hero Dogs is essential! In January we all went to Rockville and to DC to explore. It was sooooo hard for me to see my friends and not jump and play on them as soon as we got there… that’s why I look so sad asking Angelee if I could please at least chew a little on Gracie’s ear. Learning how to be a good Hero Dog is tough – there is a time to work and a time to play….and this day in Rockville was all Work and no Play!