Summertime, summertime, fun, fun summertime! I’ve had a fun-filled and exciting summer. I’m lucky to have a swimming pool in my yard so on those really hot days I get lots of playtime in the cool pool. I love swimming after a ball or pulling the float or just relaxing on the inner tube.
I’ve had the opportunity to stay with some of the Hero Dogs puppy sitters this summer. I was so happy to spend a few days with Suzanne. I know she loves me lots and we have so much fun together. I also got to spend a couple of days at the Hero Dogs kennel and that’s quite exciting since there are always lots of friends to play with. I stayed with puppy sitters Teresa and Gail and had fun with with Colin and my new friend Maverick. It was fun to go to different places, and Petra says that it’s good for me to listen to other people and know that the same rules apply no matter where I go. I am proud to report that all the puppy sitters gave me rave reviews and said that I was very well behaved.
We went to a few Hero Dogs events this summer. We went to the Redskins Military Appreciation Day. We even got our pictures taken with the Redskinettes!! I am always proud to show off all that I have learned to do. My proudest accomplishment that day was that I could take the plastic water bottles and drop them into the recycle bin. I got lots of oohs and aahs for that! We were also invited to attend a fundraiser for Hero Dogs at Emergent BioSolutions. Hero Dogs Jack and I showed off some of our service dog skills… like picking up keys, coins, and credit cards and placing them on a table, and pulling the backpack and pressing the “easy” button. Thank you Emergent for allowing us to come to your picnic and for your generous donations!
I have been continuing to go to class since there is always something that I need to learn. Staying close to Petra when we walk requires constant practice but I’m getting pretty good at it. I take the stairs slowly and make sure that Petra keeps up. I can “stay” for a good long time even when Petra is out of sight. Petra says that I’ll soon be going to “puppy college.” I know that I’m going to miss my home but I need to get ready for my next big adventure!