Hi Everyone! Chester Nez here to share what I did in April. Suzanne and I took the Metro into DC and then went to visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt monument in DC and met a lot of people there. We met her friend Jody from Texas who was in town for a conference with some of her teacher friends. It was a pleasure to meet all of them and play tour guide.
On another day, I went to an event that had to do with sports. There were some famous athletes roaming around taking pictures with people but they charged a lot of money to take a picture with them, so we just looked at the famous people and took mind pictures because they are free. While we were there, I found a signed Luis Aparicio baseball card!! He used to play for the White Sox and is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Suzanne knows of his son, who is also named Luis. Luis is actually the person who sort of introduced Suzanne to Hero Dogs. It was actually through another friend of his but if it wasn’t for knowing Luis, then Suzanne may not have ever crossed paths with Hero Dogs. I’m really glad she immediately contacted Hero Dogs after finding out about how amazing and wonderful our Hero Dogs program happens to be.
I also went to Brookeville Animal Hospital’s Open House. There I met a hedgehog and read informational displays. Other Hero Dogs were there too and we did a demonstration for the other people that came. I also said hello to our friend Marcie Engel. She is a very nice vet at Brookeville who treats all of us Hero Dogs. Suzanne won a raffle for a free car wash which she can use. I got some extra good treats. All in all, this was a pretty fun day.
What else, what else?! OH! You won’t believe what I rode on! I rode on the Old Town Alexandria Trolley!! Yup, I rode up and down famous King Street. Before the Trolley took off, I showed someone how to “say hello.” While riding, I was under Suzanne’s seat and showed everyone how great I am at doing this. We gave out a lot of business cards.
While in Old Town, I saw some more street performers, lots of dogs, and even an Opera singer singing on the street corner. I put a dollar into her jar. When we were near the water, an old lady smiled at me and we started to talk a little. I showed her some of the many things I can do and would you believe she seemed most impressed with my ability to wait for a treat?! Suzanne put a treat in her hand and I had to wait until the nice lady gave the “OK.” When I waited and then got the treat, you wouldn’t believe the look on the lady’s face!! Her daughter was with her and laughed, and she said the look on her mom’s face was priceless. It kind of was!!
Mid-April I found myself at the National Harbor. Oh boy was this fun! There was SO much going on. I went to a store called the Peeps Store. They sell one thing. Peeps. Peeps are a kind of candy that I may never eat. But the store was cute. You know what else is at the National Harbor? Stores, sure, lots of stores, and stores are great and all, but what was really cool was the FERRIS WHEEL. It was Tuesday, too — a day that teachers like Suzanne get to ride the Ferris Wheel for free if you have your teacher ID. So we rode it!! I got to ride free of charge on account of there not being a fee for service dogs.
When I first hopped aboard the ferris wheel, I thought we were just in another glass elevator. Going up wasn’t too surprising. However, once we got close to the tippy-top, it was very high and I was a little concerned. Suzanne gave me some hot dog bits for staying calm and that helped. From then on, all of the other spins around the wheel were totally fine with me. Being up so high was cool because I could see everything and everyone from a bird’s eye view.
Well, that’s about all of my extra cool, especially noteworthy happenings for April. The rest of the month I practiced going out and about all of DC and riding the Metro.
Till next time,