November has been full of adventures and outings. At the grocery store, I’ve been practicing taking items off shelves and either handing them to Margaret or putting them in a cart. I even made a friend at the deli counter one day who gave me a slice of ham! At the pet store, I’ve significantly improved at ignoring other dogs when I walk by them. At the mall, I’ve learned to stay very close to Margaret (she is a fast walker and likes to weave between people) and settle when she stops to look at clothes. I’ve learned to stop at curbs or steps and “brace” to help Margaret go up or down the steps.
Besides all of these daily trips, one day I went to the American Legion with Hero Dogs Glory. We met retired military men and women and demonstrated our skills to help a disabled veteran. They were an awesome audience and I hope to see them again at another event.
I also went to visit I_SW Corporation, one of my puppy sponsors. Since my last visit, the company decided to also sponsor Hero Dogs Ivy, so he came along for the demonstration. We met many people in the company and practiced “say hello.” Then we did a demonstration to show off our skills. I want to thank I_SW Corporation for sponsoring me and I hope to see everyone again in the springtime!
A little later in the month was Thanksgiving. Twenty-nine people came to our house for the feast! Lincoln and I were on our best behavior – no counter surfing! The food smelled delicious and even though my head is tall enough to reach the table, I left it alone. Margaret gave me some turkey and pumpkin after dinner for my good behavior!
Another weekend this month, I went to the Baltimore Inner Harbor with my old roommates for some Christmas events. We went to a German Festival with authentic German food, handcrafted wooden objects, and chocolate from Germany. The woman was nervous to let a dog inside because each wooden craft took forty hours to make! I showed her how I stay very close to Margaret and I left everything alone.
Later that afternoon, I met the Grinch! I gave him a big kiss as a thank you for letting him take a picture with me.
This month I also spent a few days at Hero Dogs. Margaret said it was a trial run for when I move to Hero Dogs in December for college. College?! I already went to college with Margaret but she says this is dog college, where I’ll learn more advanced skills. I will miss visiting my old roommates, exuberantly greeting Margaret’s family when they come home, having sleepovers with Lincoln, and especially stealing Margaret’s shoes, but I’m ready to continue my journey to become a service dog.
Today I’m off to Hero Dogs! When I get some free time, I’ll write about all my adventures in college (Phase II of training).