Another month gone and was I a busy boy?! I think I did just about everything a puppy can do. The highlight of my month was graduating from Puppy Kindergarten! While they didn’t give out any awards, Brent said that was only to protect the other puppies’ self-esteem since certainly I would have been the valedictorian.
My other highlights of the month included visiting my sponsors. I went to the 10th anniversary of my main sponsor, National Capitol Contracting. It was quite an affair at the Carnegie Library in the big city and of course I was a center of attention. I was on my best behavior and met lots of people and showed them my skills. When Brent and Jamie ran out of treats, Brent went to the tables and brought me back some sushi. I had never had that before and it was delicious. I couldn’t get enough sushi, but a little secret – it tasted just like fish.
I also went to an anniversary celebration and open house for the new offices of my scholarship sponsor, ENC, in Virginia (which is a whole different state). There, I got to ride my first elevator and met lots and lots of really nice people as well. They all wanted to give me hugs. But I didn’t totally steal the show because Hero Dog Teddy was there and he wowed the people with his skill. Some day I hope to be as good as Teddy.
I also went to the Hero Dogs Open House and Volunteer Appreciation Day. All the Hero Dogs and puppies were there and everyone made us feel special. I was the first to show my skills and people were impressed with my “sit”, “down” and particularly “wait” because I wanted my chicken so bad. Later, I saw another Hero Dog pull a cooler all the way across the grass by himself. I can’t imagine I’ll ever be big enough to do that. I’ll let you in on another secret. I have a crush on a girl I met at the open house but don’t tell her. Her name is Dolley and her puppy page is below mine. I really like her ears. I showed her all my tricks and she didn’t pay any attention. But then when I turned away she nipped me to get my attention! Women!
In addition to all those places, Brent and Jamie took me to their favorite stores, including Home Depot, Pet Smart, Golf Galaxy, and the Fort Meade Commissary. My favorite was the Pennsylvania Dutch Market – oh the smells, particularly the bacon – the maple kind!
On the last Friday of the month, Brent took me to work with him. I got to ride a shuttle bus and the elevator. One at a time, Brent’s co-workers came to visit me. It was fun and I settled for a whole hour while he worked.
At the end of the month the nice people at Brookeville Animal Hospital said I was healthy and now I weigh 22 pounds! Jamie says that every time I come out of my kennel I’m bigger than when I went in.
I also got to see my first fireworks. We watched from our front lawn because Brent and Jamie thought Java (my big sister) and I would be afraid. But they forget that I’m not afraid of anything. I liked the finale – it was bright and loud. Right after the fireworks, a big storm came out of nowhere. I slept through it in my kennel, but Java was very scared. The next morning, my play area on the lawn was totally different. I don’t know where all those trees came from. Also, apparently something called electricity is important – particularly when you don’t have it. As I write this, we’re spending most of our time in the basement where it is cooler. It is actually kind of nice because I get to practice all my skills and work on entertaining Brent and Jamie without any distractions.