I began the month listening to band practice. You may not know that my human, Brendan, has a band and practices in our house. I am pretty used to loud sounds and I even enjoy sleeping while listening to music (don’t worry, I have mutt muffs for when things aren’t safe for my doggie ears). Well, this month I decided to pick up drumming! Christen has been trying to show me how to hold a stick and tap it on objects. I’m not quite an expert yet, but it sure is a lot of fun!
The first Hero Dogs class this month was a blast! It was zoo night, where we dogs learn (no matter what) to keep our eyes on our handlers. There was Hamsty (Hawaii) the Hamster, Homey the Pigeon, Snickers and Cookie the Bunnies, and Maize and Betsy the Cats. It was so much fun! When I got there it was dark because the electricity had gone out, and then magically it turned back on during class! I really didn’t have a tough time being distracted by all the other animals. I was more distracted by some of the other dogs I haven’t seen as often, like some of the new puppies that are still in other classes, but joined us that night.
It was pretty warm earlier this month so we have been taking a fair amount of adventure walks to our neighborhood pond. I like to visit the kids’ park too when they aren’t there. Christen had me sit in the mulch and “wait” while she swung on a swing. It was very tempting for me to eat a piece of mulch, but I was good and sat there while she swung.
During the next Hero Dogs class we learned how to put things in big buckets and carry them. We also learned how to be in a circle in a “stay” until our human came back, no matter what! I did very well and my human had a lot of fun interacting with all the other dogs. She was talking a bit too much to the other dogs, though, and may have distracted them from their “down stay” by accident. She just loves us dogs so much!
Therapy dog class this month was in the veteran’s cabin. We practiced going next to a bed and laying our head on the bed even if my human cannot be right next to me. Often in a hospital room there are poles and tubes, so my human cannot fit. There is a lot of on the job training sometimes, but my human and I always figure out the best and safest ways to visit.
It snowed this month! The first big snow of the year and it is spring!!! I ran and ran in the yard for the first time in snow without a long line, since I have a fence now! It was so much fun. Then I came in and snuggled with my humans, and I borrowed my humans fuzzy blanket so I could rest my head on it. I just love headrests!
We have been experimenting with new trick ideas. I tried to put my elbows on a box and my humans thought that was funny, but not quite what they were going for. I also went to another meeting at The Living Legacy and settled nicely under the table. The meeting was sooo long!
My human got a new guitar case and of course I had to leave my paw print on it! Christen even taught me how to use the label maker! I think my paws are a little big to push the buttons though!
Brendan left for a business trip this month so Christen and I spent a lot of time together. Sometimes she gets pretty nervous when Brendan is gone, so I try to lay my head in her lap to relax her. I let her know she isn’t alone. Too bad I couldn’t give her a Kong, which always makes me happy when they have to leave to go somewhere. We took a trip to the airport to pick up Brendan and it was so exciting to see him after being away from him for a while. We are a pack and no matter what we will always get back together and have a puppy pile!