I am now 11 months old! Holy Mackerel! Time is flying by like a jet plane. I can run like a torpedo, jump like a rocket, my mouth can house two tennis balls at once, all four of my paws can lift off the floor like a helicopter’s take-off, and I love to learn!
Big boy class was a blast with a wall-to-wall agility course built to celebrate Cinco de Mayo… at least that was the excuse used since it was raining and it was the fifth of May. Our very own Olympics! It certainly did not hurt having a namesake like mine. Remember? Louis Zamperini was in the 1936 Olympics, and I am quite sure that I sensed him running alongside me wearing a smile that stretched ear to ear.
My second Big Boy class outing was to the Shady Grove metro where my buddies and I rode a subway. I was able to practice my two subway seating techniques; one for an open area when I need to lay down under my puppy raiser’s legs, and the other in tight seating when I need to ‘back’ in between two rows of seats.
These four paws of mine which I coordinate were made for walking, and as usual they have roamed new places here on Earth. My paws dined in Sykesville for a girls night out, in Pikesville with friends who specifically invited me, in Pennsylvania with family for a Memorial Day barbecue, in Ellicott City at a corner cafe, and in Fells Point at a city cafe. My paws visited Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Baltimore Zoo, and enjoyed a getaway weekend at the National Harbor. Just when I thought that my paws had been introduced to it all, I kissed the clouds on a gargantuan ferris wheel, and was able to walk on the harbor water via a water taxi! I ran errands at Home Depot, witnessed a kitchen renovation, pushed buttons at the Columbia mall and movie theatre, attended church, and offered two demos, only to return home to play hard! Life is Grand!!
Everywhere I visited, humans always complimented my behavior and told me just how handsome I am. Note that the humans used the word handsome. Coincidentally, my puppy raisers raised a Golden named Mr. Dave Handsome. My puppy raiser thinks that we would have been fond of one another. So, I must have passed the cute stage and officially entered the handsome stage, though I am still adorable and can certainly use my adorably manipulative expressions quite well.
The Baltimore subway gave me a second opportunity to practice my subway techniques while visiting the Inner Harbor to take a water taxi ride over to Fells Point. It was great fun! I donned my brilliant red life jacket just before walking onto the water taxi.
I found a fascinating spot under the long bench that lines the sides of the boat, where I settled down to watch the water life, which was amazingly entertaining. This big boy rode the water taxi as if having ridden it one million times prior, and that is a big number!
We stopped for lunch at a waterside cafe called Pitango while in Fells Point. This cafe was formerly a French cafe; however, the owners vaporized one night leaving unpaid employees and the community in shock. In their haste they abandoned their very own Napoleon bust; however, the clever new owners conjured a new home for Napoleon which voiced the feelings of the community… inside the fireplace!
I have been learning ‘pull.’ I can pull open the pantry doors easily but struggle slightly with the refrigerator door. I am pretty sure that the refrigerator door enjoys playing tug-of-war with me, Louie. Just you wait, refrigerator door! I am still growing and I plan to win this game.
What a fun ride! During school break I experienced a whirlwind weekend at the National Harbor, where this big boy rode an amazing 180-foot-high ferris wheel that humans call The Capital Wheel. This gargantuan wheel holds forty-two gondolas but you only enter one, and its indoor temperature, unlike mother nature, is controlled which was great… otherwise it could have been uncomfortably hot kissing those clouds.
A gondola is yet another way to be transported through the sky. I was transported so high in the sky that the docked boats below seemed to have shrunk while I was riding the wheel.
Did you ever think that rain could teach? It rained a lot during this whirlwind weekend, and the rain taught me that if I performed my best ‘heel‘ I was able to keep my head and most of my body dry since my puppy raisers carried a portable cover called an umbrella. An umbrella is a nifty device that can also be used to keep one cool and protected when the sun is on steroids.
While walking the streets of the National Harbor, I found a way to practice two skills at once; ‘under’ and walking on a grid. I received a little assistance from Marilyn Monroe. Though she seemed somewhat stiff, she looked fantastic for her age.
Yet another first for me was the Baltimore Zoo! My favorite was visiting a mammal who the humans called Elephant. Elephant had two ivory bones protruding out each side of his extremely long nose. I wonder how they got there? Elephant’s nose is called a trunk. Humans have a very complicated language. I thought that humans packed their possessions inside trunks. Anyway, I was not afraid of Elephant at all, despite his enormous size.
The great thing about visiting Elephant was that every time I looked at my puppy raiser after looking at Elephant I received a treat! So I continued to ‘look‘ – would not you?
The creepiest thing for me was the Lion. What a humongous cat he was! If he had not given me the heebee-geebees I would have said that this king of the jungle was majestic. We walked up to his outdoor enclosure and peered through his large picture window. Clear as day, he was staring right back at me! Simultaneously, another was roaring in the background… just creepy. My puppy raiser sensed my uneasiness on this hot day, so we left quickly while remaining in a good mood.
Dorothy referred to ‘lions and tigers and bears, oh my!’ but I never saw tigers or bears. I saw lions, elephants and prairie dogs but I still experienced the ‘oh my!’
The Gaithersburg Rotary held the Opening Ceremonies for the Flags for Our Heroes event during the Memorial Day weekend at Bohrer Park where 750 eight-foot-high American flags were featured honoring our Heroes. The temperature soared to ninety degrees but I was stoic because I, Louie, was so honored to have been given the opportunity to represent Hero Dogs and demonstrate my skills. I performed many skills (paws up, sit, down, stand, pick up keys and return to puppy raiser, touch the easy button located high and low on the podium, and under) while my puppy raiser spoke about Hero Dogs. Yup, this hot but rather handsome canine was excellent, and the crowd absolutely loved my name, Louis Zamperini!
I absolutely love that I am able to share my adventures with you, and I hope that you are wearing a temple to temple, toothy smile. I Love you all!
Majestic: having or showing impressive beauty or dignity. That is I, Louie, of course!