Let me tell you all about my November adventures. There is always something happening in the life of a service dog in training. Petra and I went to several more CFC events this past month. I think I told you about them last month. I’m getting to be pretty good at this. We drive to some new and interesting place and we make our way through a parking lot with Petra pulling that big Hero Dogs backpack. We take an elevator and then end up in an office building with lots of people that want to say hello to me. Sometimes we have to go through security and I “go through” and “wait” on the other side for Petra. We find our table and I patiently “settle” while Petra sets up all the supplies. Then the fun starts and I get to meet so many people and we tell them about Hero Dogs and I show them my skills. People are always very impressed with what I have already learned at my young age. We went to one event where there were several other organizations that brought their dogs along. I was really interested in those other dogs at first but after a bit I got used to them being there… no problem.
We went on some interesting outings this past month as well. We went to Fells Point, Baltimore and walked around which was fun, but then I had to quietly sit under the table while Petra had a drink and listened to some music. Petra said that I behaved perfectly since no one even knew that I was there. We walked around the lake at Rio and there were so many squirrels and ducks and geese and children and strollers and other dogs. It’s so difficult to ignore all those distractions and “watch” Petra. I try really, really hard but she says that I need more practice. Sometimes we’ll just sit at the playground and Petra will give me commands and see if I can do them with all the kids running and playing around me. I’m pretty good at that. After one of our walks around the lake we went to meet some people that work with Petra’s daughter in law. We told them all about Hero Dogs and the services we dogs will provide for a veteran. I showed them some of my skills and they all fell in love with me… I do that to people a lot!! They were all so nice and they held a raffle and made a donation to Hero Dogs. Thank you Diana and co-workers!!!
One day we met up with Archie (another Hero Dog in training) and we went to visit our sponsor. The employees there have been so kind to sponsor both Archie and me. We wanted them to meet us up close and personal and to show them all the skills we have learned. We are very grateful for their support!
I also had the privilege of going to stay with the Lusk puppy sitters for a few days. That was a blast since they have a fun black Lab that I could play with whenever I wanted! I think she got tired of me sometimes but I sure appreciated her putting up with me. I also got to go to a high school music audition, the grocery store, and the car dealership. It was fun staying at a different house with a different family. They even had a cat but I think we needed a little more time before we could be friends.
It seems there was a day called Thanksgiving… there was a lot of cooking going on and things smelled really good. We had lots of people come to the house and there was a lot of commotion. Everyone sat at a very long table and stayed for dinner. I just found a spot to lay under the table amongst all those feet. Petra was also carrying around this little person that smelled different and would sometimes cry. I was very, very curious and Petra let me have a look but I wasn’t allowed to touch. Hmmm… very interesting.
There are more unusual things going on in the house right now. Petra and Jay brought this big tree into the house. It smells really good but I am not allowed to touch it. Then they strung lights on it and hung balls on it… once again I’m not allowed to play with them. I’ll let you know what that’s all about in my next blog.