Brrrrrr, the weather is finally getting so cold!! Let me catch you up on what I’ve been doing with Suzanne!! After Thanksgiving, there were more holiday celebrations!! Suzanne and I went to a church and we listened to Christmas songs. We even went to a school concert where the kids sang songs about Hanukkah. We of course attended the Holiday Party at Hero Dogs, where we played classic games such as Tic-Tac-Dog, Red Rover, and Leap Dog. I had so much fun that I was smiling in just about every picture Suzanne took of me.
After that, Suzanne took me to see Santa at Dogma in Shirlington!! I said hello to other dogs waiting for their turn with Santa. When it was my turn, at first I was surprised by just how elaborate the winter wonderland was inside the store, and by how big and jolly this Santa guy was. Once Suzanne sat next to Santa on the couch, then I sat next to him, too. I sat on the floor even though Santa invited me on the couch because a professional dog such as myself would never hop on furniture. Afterwards, I selected the following baked goods from Dogma’s “bark”ery: a squirrel, a ginger Lab, and a mailman. They were all delicious. I also managed to convince Suzanne that I also NEEDED another new toy – it’s a ducky!!!
What else? I still like getting the mail every day, which earns me yummy treats. I run to get the mail when I hear the mail slot open. It’s my job. I went to the USO at Fort Belvoir recently, too. I like greeting soldiers there. Some soldiers won’t pet me right away, but once they start petting me, then I have them wrapped around my paw. They give me treats and I give them lots of hugs, and of course I hand out my business cards.
On another day, I met Hero Dogs Ruby and Grete for a fun day together. First we met at Ruby’s house where we all got our zoomies out by chasing balls that our moms would throw. Then we went to lunch at Panera. All three of us Hero Dogs fit nicely under the table. After that, we all went SWIMMING at an indoor pool for DOGS!! Ruby and Grete jumped right in the deep end, those crazy girls. I liked wading in the shallow end, and I felt better going in deeper to get balls with a life vest on. Safety first, everyone!! This was also the day that I got my beloved Jolly Ball. The swimming place sold it to us. When I saw this, I begged Suzanne to buy it and of course she did because I am so convincing. A Jolly Ball is BALL inside of a BALL!! I know, coolest thing ever, right?!
I also participated in the Wood Acres Jingle Bell Walk. This was a fundraising walk for dogs that benefited Hero Dogs. I met lots of new dog friends there, and I got to know Hero Dogs Mitch a little better, too. It was a fun walk with lots of great smells and lots of my favorite high value treat: chicken!! It wasn’t too cold this day and I thoroughly enjoyed jingling and mingling!! There were stops along the walk in front of different houses where the humans would get treats. It was a really fun-filled day.
Suzanne also made over 100 of the most beautiful black Lab cookies to give to my friends at Hero Dogs school, for the kids at her school, and for kids that read to me at the library. They were so pretty and the best-looking cookies ever, and I’m not just saying that because I happen to be a black Lab. Suzanne is quite the cook and baker. Sometimes for no reason at all she makes ME special cookies made with organic chicken.
We drove up to New York for Christmas. Road trips are the BEST. I always know when we’re going on one, too, because my crate gets folded up and loaded into the car, and my special long drive car blanket comes out. Extra good treats are packed and off we go!! Rest stops are my favorite and I am a pro at navigating through all rest stop situations.
Once we finally got to Long Island we visited with her family. I brought and gave out presents. Since the weather was unusually warm, we went to Fire Island and walked near the ocean waves. I ran, dug, and rolled in the sand like a silly dog. This was a fantastic day. There were three other black Labs on the beach that day, and I woofed a friendly hello to them while wagging my tail like crazy!!
Uber-ing about Washington D.C. continues to be a favorite mode of transportation. It makes getting in and out of the city for special things easier for Suzanne. Recently we went to the National Portrait Gallery. This was very exciting to me. While there I was spotted by a Hero Dogs supporter!! This nice lady said she sends Hero Dogs a check each month!! Isn’t that so nice?! I gave her lots of puppy kisses. She took a picture of me and Suzanne and then Suzanne took a picture of me with the nice lady and her daughter. Lots of pictures were taken this day; I also liked posing in front of statues for some reason. What can I say, I like being goofy sometimes. Even the Uber driver said he wanted a picture with me on the way home. I thought he was kidding but he was not! When we got to our house the driver got out to pose with me. As this was happening, the neighborhood kids were calling out to me. It sure is nice being so loved and so “pupular.” I’m kind of a big deal around here and I have to say, I love the “puparazzi!”
Touring Zoo Lights in D.C. was quite the sight!! Oh my dog: everyone must go to this!! It is spectacular!! Not only are there like eleventy million lights (yes, eleventy is a number in dog) but there are hot dog stands everywhere!! Suzanne and I shared a hot dog dinner. We talked to lots of total strangers and I showed some people what I can do. I even met a Veteran and gave him one of my business cards. He said I “made his day.” I licked him to let him know he made my day!! Making people happy is what I love doing most!! After Zoo Lights, we Uber-ed over to a restaurant called Slipstream to meet Suzanne’s friends Sissel, Sieglinde, and Teresa for coffee. I sat quietly and patiently under the table.
That’s all for now!! Thanks for reading about all of my adventures.