I, Louie, turned seven months on January 7, 2016, and every part of me from my brains to my toe nails is growing fast! I am 60 pounds, and I am about 21 inches tall! This body just amazes me and my puppy raisers.
I am on a quest to grow my brain even more! I am in class with the Big Boys and Girls, and I have attended two Puppy II classes this month and will attend the entire Puppy II session next month. I get to learn some really cool things that the big boys are doing already, like ‘follow,’ ‘go,’ and to pick things up from the floor for my puppy raiser, then put them into their hands. These skills truly amaze humans and make them smile, and you know how much I, Louie, love to make humans smile! I am also playing with my big sister any chance I get, not only because I love her but because I am learning from her too.
Last month the grocery stores of choice were Wegmans, Shoppers, and Safeway. This month was Giant. I practiced backing up, ‘wait,’ heeling behind the cart, and I even found a shopping cart just my size with a sign that read ‘in training’… it seemed appropriate.
I had a fabulous time at the Children’s Museum in Portsmouth, VA with my puppy raisers and a three-year-old human girl they call Rosie!!!
I think that human pups and canine pups have a lot in common. We both love running through tunnels and climbing on things! One of the humans in charge was so very interested in me that she spent a great deal of time talking to me, and said this was a great way for me to learn!
I got to run through a tunnel, steer a ship, ride in a VW car, sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck and a transit bus, go to a pint-sized grocery store, sit with a cow, and experience a lot of different sounds at various decibel levels! I even saw the inside of a mammoth mouth, and the toothbrush for the enormous pearly whites this mouth contained. I understand why my puppy raiser brushes my pearly whites every night.
I discovered what my universe looks like… it looks like a plethora of different-sized balls, just like the vast assortment of colorful balls that I saw in the stores during Christmas time! I just don’t understand why no one was playing with any of these balls they call planets, or the balls they call ornaments. They all looked so inviting that I made sure I controlled my big boy pearly whites.
I understand why my puppy raisers say that I am the center of the universe and it revolves around me, Louie… it really does! I sat right in the middle of the universe while visiting Portsmouth, Virginia.
Remember when I told you in October that the elevator was kind of like a portal – closing a door to one place and opening to a new place? Well I’ve experienced another mysterious form of travel.
I am pretty sure that I had entered a spinning black hole when I exited the quarterly meeting, mid-month. I rode on the Great Puppy Swap ride through the dark to the Universe they call Scruggs, where I visited for seven moons. Yes, only seven moons, which means I returned to my puppy raisers!
Steven Hawking, a physicist which is another name for a really smart human, believes that falling into a black hole and emerging in another universe might be possible as long as it is a large, spinning black hole, but here is the catch; he said returning would not be possible.
I am Louie, and I beg to differ. There is always a way home, so have no fear, my fellow pups. We must remain fearless in our quest for gaining wisdom, because after college we will be assigned a most important service job, and will need to bring our companion home.
If you care to listen, fellow pups, this really smart human will be on BBC Radio 4 at 9 a.m. on February 2nd.
While in Universe Scruggs, I went to an office, to a supermarket, and to a Lacrosse game. I had never gone to a Lacrosse game before, it was pretty fun! I also got to experience my very first flake of snow while in Scruggs! I attribute any time when I didn’t keep my wits about me, during my visit to Universe Scruggs, to the spinning black hole.
After my return from Universe Scruggs, my puppy raisers made a sign which read…
I am in training
and need Lots of Pets
to practice keeping
All four on the floor!
Thank you for saying Hello,
and I wish you
a wonderfully warm day!
…and off to the Columbia Mall we went! I received lots of visitors as usual, but this time we were on a mission…and this time there was a twist to my performance!
My puppy raisers gave the visitors treats to hold in their hands while I waited until they said ‘at ease!’ The visitors absolutely loved this skill, and they were so impressed with me! They adored me, which made me feel warm and fuzzy inside!
Guess what? All four remained on the floor. Yup, this pup kept his wits!
Yup, yup, yup, this pup has a wonderful life! I absolutely loved my very first blizzard! I thought that a blizzard was some sort of frozen drink, but this blizzard was made up of snowflakes called a nor’easter, and these flakes just kept falling from the sky.
It took several days before a very large, loud truck came to push away all the snowflakes that had accumulated. So in the meantime, I got to take three-plus mile walks in 27 inches of pure white, freezing snow every day! Hopping through the snow like a bunny was quite the workout! Mother nature is not only amazing but also so thoughtful as to provide me, Louie, with such an opportunity!
I experienced something totally new… I rode on a Merry-Go-Round!! My puppy raisers had asked if I could ride, and the gatekeeper said, ‘certainly.’ She told us that there is a German Shepherd who rides with his human as well, on occasion!
Small humans were on this ride as well as many horses that seemed to be frozen stiff. These horses did not have the same scent or coloring as the horses from the farms with which I am familiar. These horses had the scent of small humans, and their colors were vibrant. The ride went around and around; the scenery was the same over and over again with smiling faces watching me. I had a lot of fun, and when the ride finished I had tried to get on again! I brought joy to many humans!
I had the honor of participating in the Power Lifting for Hero Dogs fundraising event at the Athens Health Club in Sykesville with two fellow classmates who are older than me. I met lots of nice people who were so very impressed with my skills. While greeting many humans at the front door, a few small humans participated in my ‘wait’ skill just like the people in the Columbia Mall had, and even weightlifters came by to pet me before their next round. I think that petting me might have calmed their nerves a bit.
Guess who the other two canines were? My big sister, Ruby, and Boomer! I really like Boomer but I just love my sister!!!! Guess who landed in my universe during the Great Puppy Swap journey? I know she did because I could smell her scent when I came home. I don’t mind sharing my puppy raisers with Ruby because she is so wonderful to me.
My last outing for January was an 8:30 p.m. dinner at Tio Pepe’s in Baltimore. The restaurant was very crowded, and had narrow hallways leading to many small rooms. People who were leaving stopped to pet me, and asked many questions. They all carried smiles on their faces. We dined in a cozy room glowing with ambiance, which held a total of three tables and seated twelve humans.
While I slept under the table between my puppy raisers, their friends told them several times just how impressed they were with me. When we got up to leave a few hours later, the humans from the two other tables couldn’t resist me and had gotten up to pet me and talk. One of the big humans was a young Marine. He loved me, I could tell. They told me how good I was, and how they waited all night to pet me. I think that I made them feel as good as they made me feel. It was very late by the time we left the restaurant, so my puppy raisers’ friends spent the night to avoid a long car ride.
This morning, the last day of January, they were still complimenting my behavior of last night and of this morning, and they are amazed with my growth, in both body and mind.
Jaunty: having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner… that is I, Louie.