The end of the school year has been a busy time. My 3rd grade friends had to study hard for the state testing, which they were all pretty nervous about. I found the best way to help out was by wagging my tail a lot while giving them reassuring grins and a few kisses. I also let them pet me while they practiced reading, which really helped calm them down. We all got a few good laughs in, too, when I let the kids do silly things with me like put a bag of kibble on my head or dress me up in the latest fashion accessories.
Once the testing was over, we got to loosen up a bit. As a reward for all of the hard work, we got to go on a field trip to visit none other than my friends at Hero Dogs! I was so excited to show the kids where I go for class, and it was fun to introduce them to my buddies – human and canine! Everyone got to run and play in the field together, and then we showed off our skills inside during a doggie demonstration. A good day was had by all, and most of us fell asleep on the bus ride back to school.
Molly and Ben took me to a lot of new places this spring, too. I got to visit Ben at work in downtown DC, and he took me on an official tour of his government office. It was neat to see where he worked, but I’m glad Molly takes me to school with her each day – people are more playful there! We also went to Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial. These places were so important to see, and I was able to quietly show respect for veterans and service members who have made so many sacrifices for our freedom. I can’t wait until I am able to help a brave veteran someday when I’m all grown up and trained.
One last thing I’d like to tell you about – it’s called the car wash. We had to go to this place several times this spring, because Molly’s red car kept turning different colors due to things she called pollen and mud. Well, I’ll go on record as saying it’s not as scary as I thought the first time we went. Let me tell you what to expect: first, you pull into this dark garage, and water squirts loudly against the car from all angles. Then this nice, soft, colorful foam lands on you. It smells quite nice, and everything gets really quiet. However, be prepared for the cloth whips to begin to beat against the car and knock all the foam off – first from the hood, then the doors and roof, too! The whole car shakes, but don’t worry. The water comes back and squirts the whippy things away. Just when you’re getting used to the water, a really noisy blow dryer starts up. This also shakes the whole vehicle, but it makes the water go away.
I got used to the car wash, and I actually started to enjoy the show since Molly would feed me snacks the whole time. After two or three times through the car wash, though, it started to get boring. Now when we wash the car, I lay quietly through the whole thing. I think I’m really growing up!