It’s tax day, and many two-legged folks are rushing in order to finish filing their taxes so they don’t have to pay penalties and late fees. They knew it was coming and they put it off until the last minute. Stacey filed her taxes early, but this summary is two weeks late; she is hoping there is not a late fee!
March was a very interesting month; it was my first March ever. Oh, wait, every month is a first for me. Anyway, it started off much like February had been; it was very cold and there was more snow. Stacey kept talking about how the lion had come with March and how much she was looking forward to the lamb coming; all I know is March came and went and I did not see either of them.
When it was finally safe to take another long drive, we went to Pennsylvania to visit “Grandmother” in her assisted living. I was very well behaved in the car; Stacey was pleased and said I was going to be a good little traveler. Everywhere I go there are new sights, sounds, and smells to take in; there are also new people and new objects everywhere. The people at the assisted living move slower than in some of the other places I go and they are much more calm around me than those people Stacey calls “children”! Some of them walk with sticks, or they push a chair in front of them and some even seem to walk while sitting in a chair that moves. It was all new and a bit strange at first, but they were nice and friendly to me so I was not afraid for long. I am working very hard on not jumping up on new people when I meet them. I have figured out that I only get a treat when I have either four paws on the floor or I am sitting, but I still get so excited when I meet new people.
We did not stay long before we took another car ride and ate at a nice restaurant and met even more people in the family, and then we went into a big dark room where there were big pictures on a big screen. I had to “settle” for a long time for both. Stacey wants you to know that after the car ride, before the lunch and before the dark room, she played ball with me on a long line.
Another day we took another even longer car ride to Lynchburg, where I met even more of the family. There is one member of this family that is very small; it has legs and feet but the big people had to carry it around everywhere. It’s pretty quiet most of the time, but sometimes it whines and cries something fierce. I was very interested in it and it in me. I wagged my tail, sniffed and tried to lick its face; it kicked its legs and waved its arms and hands. After a while we both fell asleep; I was at Stacey’s feet and the little family person was in her lap. That weekend was my first hotel stay and my first elevator ride. The church we went to was very noisy and there were lots of children who just loved me. It is hard not to jump on them when they squeal and wiggle so much!
Probably the most fun thing for me this month was beginning puppy class. We meet at Hero Dogs and there are lots of other puppies to see and lots of new things to learn. I am learning to sit, down, wait, come, settle, and walk nicely on a leash. We work on the things at home that we learn in class; everything gets harder to do once I get around all my four-legged friends. Stacey calls them distractions.
We also have puppy playtime each week; I am not so sure about puppy playtime. I get a little scared when the biggest dog in class wants to play with me, but then when he plays with another dog I feel left out so I bark at them both. I like running through the blue tunnel, but we don’t get to do that every week.
Also this month I made my first trip to the USO at Ft. Belvoir. I got to meet quite a few soldiers and their families. I think this was a very important place to visit; one day I will hopefully be working with a veteran to make their life better. My visit helped to inform some people about all the wonderful things a Hero Dog can do to help and how a Hero Dog is trained. Perhaps I met my future veteran partner!