Hello, everyone!! Boy oh boy has January been a busy month!! Every month is busy but this past month had a lot of especially fun events.
First off was New Year’s Eve. This was actually a quiet but fun time at Suzanne’s condo. It was just us and some friends watching TV and eating snacks. I had special snacks for this night and I gave everyone a kiss at midnight.
Shopping! I have been going on a lot of shopping trips as usual. I go to the shoppes of Shirlington and also Tyson’s Mall a lot. It is good practice for walking and minding my own business. I also often pay for the items and pass the cashier the credit card or cash. Then I give the credit card or change back to Suzanne.
My favorite shop to go to is probably Cheesetique in Shirlington. It smells so cheesy good in there. They often give me a sample if it isn’t busy, and then we take home a high-value treat from there for me. Last time I picked a mild cheddar. I also am really good at waiting in dressing rooms and carrying the hand-held basket around other stores.
I continue to help around the house by getting the mail when it comes through the door slot. I bring it to Suzanne right away, and then I get a treat and hugs for delivering the mail. I am also doing more laundry lately. I can load towels into the washer pretty well, but I’m not a big fan of unloading towels; it seems funny sticking my head into the washing machine. I can do it, providing there is a good reward like chicken, but laundry is not my most favorite household chore. Picking up the couch pillows and putting them on chairs, or bringing pillows to sofa-seated guests, is something I’d rather be doing. If Suzanne asks me to open or close cabinets or doors– I’m right there! Or if she asks me to go get my leash– I’ll bring it to her in about ten seconds.
What else? I went to a fancy Winter gala!! I was invited by my sponsors, the Eisiminger family. It was a really fun night!! Before the party I got a nice oatmeal bath so my coat was extra handsome, very shiny, and soft. I got to visit with my sponsor and meet his friends and colleagues. What a very nice group of people!! Hero Dogs Jack was there, since the Eisiminger family is his sponsor, too. I think I did a very good job of saying hello to other guests and helping to sell raffle tickets. The band playing was loud, but they had a good beat that I wagged my tail to as they played.
Going to the Winter Gala was great practice for a wedding that I was invited to attend!! My friends Sara and Rafa were getting married in Sara’s home state, Ohio. The first part of this trip was the plane ride!! There are so many parts to this one adventure, so I will break it up part-by-part in the paragraphs that follow.
First stop of my super big adventure: Reagan National Airport. The people who work here are awesome, security personnel in particular. They let me and Suzanne skip the mile lonnnnng security line. A nice person just led us right up to the front. This person was actually a friend of a friend of a friend, who had actually heard of Hero Dogs and was excited to see me in my Hero Dog vest. Once at the front of the security line, I walked through the scanner and let the security official pat down my vest and body. Then we proceeded to our gate.
Southwest Airlines ROCKS. A nice woman named Jill gave us a special get-on-the-plane-first ticket so I could sit comfortably in the very first row, where there’s a little more floor space. Once on the plane, I greeted just about everyone that came aboard. I also made friends with the pilots each time. One pilot– his name was Jason and he used to fly planes for the Navy– really liked me a lot. Before the plane took off, and once everyone was seated, he made an announcement about me, Boomer, and why I am such a special dog. He suggested everyone check out this very blog on hero-dogs.org. Everyone clapped for me and I thought that was really nice of them all. I wagged my tail a lot and smiled. A man named Tim sat next to us on the plane, and he was a soldier stationed at Fort Belvoir, who works at the hospital there. I gave him a bunch of business cards in case he knew of any soldiers in need of a service dog. Once the plane was in the air, I loved it as soon as my ears stopped popping. Suzanne gave me extra good chewy treats and that helped a lot.
The plane landed and Suzanne’s Aunt Leslie and Uncle Tom picked us up from the airport. We stayed at their house while in Ohio. Suzanne’s cousins Chris, Dan, and Bethany were all excited to meet me. So was Dan and Bethany’s dog, Charlie. We had a nice visit with all of them before and after Sara and Rafa’s wedding. That Charlie dog is a real character. He wanted my high-value treats, so guess what he started doing?! He started doing everything I did to get my treats!! I was nice and shared my treats with Charlie though, since, he was a cool dog.
Aunt Leslie had a ball bigger than my whole body! Apparently she uses it for exercising, but it was so big that I didn’t even know what to do with it. Uncle Tom and Chris tossed my just-right-size ball to me, which was fun. One cool fact about Uncle Tom is that he is a chemist and he used to work for a company called Battelle. I thought Battelle must be especially cool since this company was the first to make a non-melting chocolate bar for our troops in hot climates. How cool is that?! I can’t eat chocolate, but I know our troops like chocolate!!
We also went to church on Sunday, and I walked down a long aisle with Suzanne so she could receive communion. I did such an awesome job of walking down the aisle despite a lot of distractions. After church we went out to breakfast at this most delicious-smelling pancake place, where again I behaved like the professional service dog that I am.
Sara and Rafa’s wedding was SO much fun. I wore my special occasion bow-tie and sat quietly for the ceremony. Sara and Rafa wrote their own vows, and when a lot of people laughed at some parts of their vows, I smiled and wagged my tail. After the ceremony was the big party!! I sat at table 10 with Suzanne and Chris. Would you believe Sara and Rafa had the baker make special doggy wedding treats just for me?! They did, and I ate them all up in addition to my other treats all throughout the evening.
I danced on the dance floor with Suzanne, and everyone seemed to think I was a good dancer, I did the classic “wiggle n’ wag” out there which apparently was very good. Sara and Rafa made a point to come say hello to me at their wedding. I gave Sara a good luck smile and wag of my tail because I didn’t want to mess up her really pretty gown, and I gave Rafa a “good luck” lick. At the wedding there were a lot of people who said hello and asked questions about my line of work. I gave out business cards to guests from the DC area who said they would also like to help out at Hero Dogs!!
Once home from the wedding, again we settled back into our usual routine. Before long, all of a sudden Snowzilla came into town, and Suzanne and I had many all day, at home snow days together!! We practiced my skills and played in the snow, and we did a lot of snuggles on the living room rug since it was so chilly outside. We watched a lot of Dr. Oz– which is a good show. I liked it a lot and would love to attend a Dr. Oz show maybe someday.
I have been uber-ing about DC as usual, going to nice lunches with friends, and I even went to the National Portrait Gallery again. I also attended a Power Lifting fundraiser for Hero Dogs. These very strong guys got people to pledge money for them to lift super heavy weights!! The money raised went to Hero Dogs. I said hello to everyone and did some skill demos. I especially liked the kids that came to this with their parents, especially a boy named Kush, a little girl named Isabella, and another boy named Dominic.
In other news, in February I will be entering “K9 College” at Hero Dogs. I am both excited and nervous!! Excited because I am going on to the next level in my training, and I am so excited about that!! Everyone says I am going to be great at my job, and that makes me so proud to hear. I want to get a job and help someone who needs me because that is my purpose. I decided this at eight weeks old, and I’ve come so far that I cannot wait to reach this goal. I will of course miss not seeing Suzanne every day, and the shoppes of Shirlington, but I know they will all keep following my blog on Hero Dogs. Suzanne promised she would visit me and work with me on Thursday nights!! It will be an adjustment, for sure, but I am sure it will all go nice and smooth with the help of my Hero Dog friends… Now I have that song “I get by with the help of my friends…” stuck in my head. That’s all for now, and thanks for reading my blog!!