Hi everyone! The past few months have been very busy for me. I figured it was time to catch everyone up on what I have been doing.
Since I last wrote, I have started doing therapy dog work at two more locations, George Washington University Hospital and Walter Reed. Getting into both of these places are huge milestones for me! I am still going to the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington as well.
At both the Hebrew Home and GW, I have been participating in animal-assisted therapy. I really enjoy working, so I love doing animal-assisted therapy. Some of the things I do in animal-assisted therapy are going for walks, playing ball, and playing tug. Each of these tasks, while fun, have a greater purpose to help the person I am working with build strength and mobility. So it’s a win-win for everyone! I get to have fun, as does the person I am working with, AND they get their physical therapy done in the funnest way possible, playing with a dog!
I have also started to help out in speech therapy. I really enjoy this as well. For this, I am again working one-on-one with a person, but this time we are practicing skills I have been taught. The person goes through my list of vocab words, and as they tell me what to do, I do it and get a snack for it. It’s a pretty good deal. Sometimes people have a hard time pronouncing the words, but I don’t mind. I am happy to do my best to do what they ask, and I don’t mind repeating things, especially because I get a snack every time I do the right thing. I sure do love snacks.
I also just started visiting at Walter Reed. Teddy and I now join Calvin and some other great dogs. Together we walk around the hospital and bring smiles to staff, visitors, and patients. Everyone really loves to see us there! Sometimes I show off some of the service dog tasks I have learned, and people think that is really cool. I have only gone to Walter Reed a few times, but so far it has been really fun, and I love being part of this new pack of dogs! I do get very tired after visiting and walking around the hospital for three hours, so I take a nice nap when I get home.
I have reached a few more milestones this month as well. First, I had my 4th birthday! For my birthday I got a new toy moose and some new yummy treats! I have also reached 50 therapy dog visits and have earned my AKC Therapy Dog title! This means I will be in the Hero Dogs Graduation next month. I will be joining my other therapy dog friends Teddy, Radar, Scotty, and Calvin as we have now all finished our 50 visits and will be recognized for all our hard work at Graduation.
I also now have my own Instagram account! You can look me up. My name on Instagram is herodogsgrant. You should follow me — I often post pictures of me working here!