I, Louie, absolutely love waking up in the morning to a brand new day because with each new day comes a new experience. I am so happy each morning that my puppy raisers think that I have taken a happy pill. I am now 9 months old and 69 pounds, and life just keeps getting better! Small human visits and visitors, dinners, Easter dinner, a hospital, new skills, the Kennedy Center, the human seat on the merry-go-round, restaurants, cafe, a demo, Centennial Park, a movie theatre….the list is ever growing, so here I touch upon a few…
A special trip to the Kennedy Center was likened to ‘bring your son to work day.’ I traveled to the Kennedy Center where my Joanie’s flute sang in her hands for two concerts in one day, and one of those two was on the same stage as Sir James Galway. I hear this is likened to a double header in baseball!
My dream is one step closer to becoming a reality! Do you remember my dream? I dream of singing a beautifully expressive duet with the silver singing flute held in my puppy raiser’s hands.
Before we left our home, both my puppy raisers spoke to me separately. My Joanie told me that ‘today was not my turn to sing.’ My Billy told me to ‘be cool and behave myself.’ It turns out that a few prayers were also prayed for me. I am pretty sure that these miraculously helped me to resist vocalizing!
We three sat together in second tier seats for safety until intermission… just in case the urge to vocalize overpowered me. You remember, I do have quite the range and I can do diminuendos and crescendos with the best of them! As a matter of fact I think that I might like to be addressed as ‘Sir’ Louie!
As we were seated, my nose sounded a hint of a whistle so my puppy raiser gently cupped her hands around my muzzle and whispered a reminder: ‘not here, it is not your turn.’ Well, I heard that loud and clear! I was perfect… yup, this pup was perfect! I laid down… but then Sir James entered. I immediately perked up, ears alert… something was familiar… a singing flute! My puppy raiser gently rested her hand on the top of my head and I fell fast asleep.
But then I have been known to sing in my sleep… yup, I, Sir Louie, am multi-talented! When I started to dream, a staccato pianissimo tone sounded through my nose, so she gently rested her hand on the top of my head once again and I left my dream behind as the beautifully performed music bewitched me into an even deeper sleep. I am pretty sure that my Billy dozed off as well.
Intermission came and she had to depart to the ‘green room.’ What in the world is a ‘green room’? Are the walls painted green? Is there lots of green grass where everyone can ‘get busy’? Whatever it was, she was in it. I went with my Billy to ‘get busy’ ourselves and afterword we returned to our seats to hear the recital’s second half. I was fully awake for the second half… we both were. My Joanie was on stage and I behaved perfectly! I heard my puppy raiser’s flute sing in her hands from the second tier. I heard all the Columbia Flute Choir flutes gloriously sing together in their possessor’s hands in harmony with Sir James.
Did you know that Sir James is Irish? I am thinking that he might know some of those leprechauns! I would love to have a play date with some of them! I wonder if my puppy raisers can set that up for me?
It was a splendid day, and I feel rather confident that you would have been as proud of me as my Joanie was of my Billy and me.… but of course! ‘We were cool, and behaved ourselves.’
The Columbia Flute Choir, whose ladies wear the same colors as Hero Dogs, will be performing a benefit concert for Hero Dogs, Saturday, April 30, 7:30 PM, at the Dulin United Methodist Church located in Falls Church, Virginia.
There is always work to do. I, Louie, am trying to control my feet when there are lots of dogs in one area, so we headed off to Centennial park a few times this month. Each time is a little better than the last but my happy feet find it immensely exciting when coming across such a variety of civilian canines, and they seem to want to lift off just like the space shuttle that I saw at the Children’s museum.
I also ran at the farm before my class because I am blessed with so much energy. But alas, Ruby has not been there. My sister went off to college with Boomer! My puppy raisers and I are so happy and proud of her – actually of the both of them. Humans call this Bitter Sweet. No worries, I heard that they are having a lot of fun in college, and hope that I will have just as much fun when it is my turn. Wait a minute… I am Louie… of course I will!
Speaking of college… I learned three new skills in one week this month! I can close cabinets, open handicap doors, I can put socks into the clothes washer, and I am learning to bow! Miraculous.
Remember, I am still a puppy after all, so for about a week, closing cabinets was more like slamming the cabinet doors shut with either one of my front paws, but I am now using my nose consistently for this skill.
I have had the opportunity to open handicap doors on a few different occasions. This time when I was given the opportunity, I stood on my hind legs and gave that button a ‘high five’! The door magically opened, and my puppy raisers and I walked through… except my puppy raisers looked at each other in astonishment and laughed with pride as they walked through. And I do put those socks in the washer but I am still tempted to take them right out again, and run with them!
I am also learning to bow because I might need to do this after performing all of my incredibly impressive skills in a row. I also anticipate my dream come true. Ending with a bow would be a very polite way to thank my audience for watching. My cue for this is ‘Bravo’! Fitting, is it not?
I also finished Puppy II this month and will start Big Boy class in April!! My puppy raisers are astonished at just how quickly nine months have come. We have so much fun going on adventures together.
Do you remember my nifty sign? This month my puppy raisers placed my ‘Say Hello’ sign in another location at the mall… right on the gate to my favorite merry-go-round! Yet another human was added to my ever growing ‘happy list’ because while riding the merry-go-round this month I rode on the same seat as my puppy raiser! Can life get any better? As we circled ‘round, a very mature human’s face lit up with joy and amusement while pointing at me, Louie. I don’t believe that she had ever seen a debonair young pup ride on the human seat before. I think that watching me ride brought joy to her day.
I just wish that there was a way to thaw all of those vibrantly colorful, frozen horses. Now THAT would be a miracle! I would then be able to watch them as long as the horses on my morning walks. They and the alpacas are so very interesting!
I had the opportunity to help give a demonstration with Gracie, who is now an intelligent and gorgeous four-year-old female Hero Dog, at the St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore meeting where many human men wore striking tartan, pleated wool kilts with a sporran, knee high stockings, shoes with laces that criss-crossed around their calves up to their knee, and a blazer. This society’s original inception was in 1806! That means that this charitable organization has been around for over two hundred years helping others! Wow, 200! Miraculous. The members possessed a great sense of humor, and were very kind to us. They even gave our puppy raisers a beautiful letter opener and the book, “Scotts in Maryland & A History of the St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore, 1806-2006.”
I accompanied my puppy raisers to the ophthalmology department at at a Baltimore hospital, where we met with a wonderful doctor who is about to retire. His name is Dr. Iliff, which they pronounce eye liff – a very appropriate name for an eye doctor, do you not agree? He was rather impressed at how relaxed I was in his office, and told a story of a Golden who once visited his office who was trained for the blind but who wasn’t very calm, and who he ended up adopting. He said you can always tell a Golden at a party because the Golden would be the one standing on a table with a lampshade on his or her head.
I performed my sit/wait, forward, back, down, stand, and take/give skills for the humans who worked in the hospital before and after our appointment. I even heard a big inhale followed by a whispered ‘ooooh’ from a human who was apparently extra impressed with my skills. I summoned lots of smiles there and at the cafe on the water in Fells Point where we all retreated for a delicious snack.
We had dinners at home with company, and visited three new restaurants. The dinner at home was fun except for the fact that I am still not permitted to help clean up or blow out candles. Go figure. If only my puppy raisers would give me a chance, I just know that I could clean up faster and enjoy doing it more than anyone!
Our dinner guests absolutely loved me, so I impressed them even more with my keys skill where I pick keys up and put them in my puppy raiser’s hand. My puppy raiser dropped his keys by accident at the door, and was surprised when I put them in his hand. I am rather consistent with this skill! Yup, another couple who this pup made smile and laugh. I am working on getting my ‘happy list’ extraordinarily long. After all, you remember how much I, Louie, absolutely love making humans smile!
The casual restaurant we visited is named Stella Notte. It literally means star night, but I wonder if they mean starry night as in Vincent van Gogh’s painting? There was a server in this restaurant who said that he had forgotten my puppy raisers had walked in with me, Louie. No worries, in this case, ‘forgotten’ is a good thing. I hear that a lot in restaurants but I know that I am unforgettable.
Later during this dinner, two servers came to the table to tell my puppy raisers just how impressed they were with me! One even said she preferred to have me visit rather than small humans because I was so much more well behaved especially for my age. All of us human and canine pups have both wonderful moments and have ‘room to improve moments.’ We have a lot in common. Our minds are likened to little sponges perpetually soaking up knowledge.
For my very first Easter we dined at two fancy restaurants. The first, The Wine Kitchen, was in Frederick and we dined with friends. The second, Aldo’s, was in Baltimore city and there we dined with family on Easter day.
At the first restaurant, the humans at the next table never knew I was there until we got up to leave, at which time they couldn’t resist showing me affection… although they did ask first because they noticed my service vest which, by the way, is now a trifle snug. There were human teenagers outside who also asked if they could say hello to me.
At the second restaurant, we met the owner at the door who was wonderful and told us that another service canine frequents Aldo’s. This dinner was also between three and four hours long. At the end of dinner our server asked my puppy raisers what they do in order for me to stay so calm. He was very impressed, as were the people at The Wine Kitchen. And as we passed the restaurant after we left, we observed people open the restaurant’s curtain for one last glance at this debonair young pup. Little did they know that I have been visiting restaurants every month since I was three months old!
Four small humans visited for four days. One day we went to the park for a walk. This time there were no human prospects enticing enough for me to approach on my own… so I ignored the humans. There were, however, several interesting canines of all sizes who looked very interesting. I am learning not to insist they play with me while on our walks, but I am so personable and such an extrovert that I am unable to ignore them just yet. It is just a matter of time…I am learning so much, so fast, and I am loving it! Remember? I am on a quest to grow my brain!
Another day we visited the playground, where there was a bright yellow slide which I absolutely loved, even more than the small humans who especially loved the swing and see-saw. I think that this bright yellow slide was made just for me – as were the tunnels at the Children’s museum. I loved this slide and the neighboring bench so much that on our walk the next day I insisted on visiting the same playground, just to practice ‘hup’ on the bench, and to slide down the bright yellow slide. I just might have to use my mental telepathy coupled with my rather clever and adorable expressions to communicate to my puppy raisers that I would be most appreciative if they were to have this brightly colored apparatus in my own yard.
During the small humans’ visit I also performed the ‘Louie Show’ for all the small humans and their raisers… and they loved it! I skated through sit, sit stay, down, down stay, stand, touch, push, take and give keys, close the cabinet with my nose, forward, back… I must say this was my ‘A’ game. And guess what I did at the end? Yes, a bow to thank my audience!
Two of the small humans loved these skills so much that they rehearsed my skills with me the next afternoon. They especially loved working on ‘wait’ with a liver treat on my front left paw. It was fun to rehearse with them!
My puppy raisers often tell me that I am brilliant, funny, handsome and have a wonderful outlook on life, and that my happiness is contagious! But of course, I am Louie after all.
There is a miracle in every thing. I hope that you enjoy each and every day as much as I!