My Opulent October! Life is amazing! I love my walks, especially my night walk before bed. My puppy raisers and I follow a bright round light on the road – it looks like the moon. It is called a ‘flash light’ though it doesn’t flash, but it always gets us home.
Elevators, puddles, cafes, dinners, a restaurant, a matinee, the library, a Boys Day Out, stairs, a Fire House, more stairs, children, more children, new people, reflection, cats, Corn Maze, growing fast, Kindergarten costume party… wow! Life is full of Adventures!
The Mall! It was raining that day so walking in the mall seemed like a great idea. This time things looked a bit different when I was to jump out of the car… the sky was on the ground! It looked mesmerizing, pretty cool, and a little scary all at the same time… so much so that I was transfixed… my puppy raiser, Joanie, scooped me up and carried me to land. It turned out to be a puddle with reflections. Funny word, puddle. When I was much younger I made a couple of puddles myself! I am now four months old so I know where to ‘get busy’… I’ve known for a long time now… I am superb! Once on land, I got my bearings and everything was back to normal.
I had a grand time meandering through the mall. I enjoyed the elevator which is a big box that you step into, and after you are deep inside with all tails safely secured, the door closes. When the door opens you have arrived in another place – quite amazing! It is kind of like a portal!!
I also met a few new people in the mall who, of course, loved me, and I practiced heeling so my puppy raiser gave me chicken! I love chicken!! Chicken is so scrumptious that I could just eat it all day. I practiced my skills – ‘sit,’ ‘wait,’ ‘down,’ ‘touch’ – all in front of a crowded Panera Bread and I was really good at keeping myself focused.
I stepped right in that puddle getting back into the car… nothing scares me… I am Louie, after all.
I did so well at the Mall that I got to go back a few days later! This time both my puppy raisers and I dined in Panera Bread. As a matter of fact, I got to go to several cafes during my opulent October. I am still waiting for a meal to be waiting for me under the table… maybe next time?
‘Boys Day Out’!! I just loved my boys-day-out with my puppy raiser, Billy. We drove in the Mustang! So cool! The ladies loved me!! We went to the bank where the Teller left her post just to be with me… Louie… yup, this pup still has ‘it’!
Then we drove to Starbucks and hung out…just us guys. The ladies adored me there too! One lady fed me my lunch, bean by bean, having me practice ‘sit’ and ‘wait’ while my puppy raiser secured my lead and spoke with the lady who learned all about Hero Dogs. She couldn’t resist me… she said that I was just soooo cute! It was like being fed bon-bons while having my belly scratched.
After Starbucks we drove to the EZ storage where my puppy raiser had some American Legion business. I met a really kind gentleman there who thought that I was a grand young pup.
After EZ storage, we drove to the Post Office for more American Legion business. ‘Boys Day Out’ is a wonderful thing! I wonder if my puppy raiser invented this just for me?
My Fire House adventure!! Wow… a Fire House with trucks, ambulances, really nice Firemen… the whole enchilada!! I got to follow my buddy up the steps into an ambulance! There were some really nifty things in a box… sitting right there on a bench in the center of the ambulance, and at head level, which looked like they could have been an assortment of toys set out just for me… I thought they might be party favors, so I tried to take one but my puppy raiser told me to ‘leave it’ (hence one of my nicknames), and afterward explained to me that the tools were not mine for the taking, and that someone else will be needing them. I listened very intently with my quizzical facial expression that I save for special occasions to muster an extra hug.
I climbed a metal staircase all the way to the top and back down!! I got to sit in a huge, gleaming red fire truck, and snuggle with a really friendly Fireman who gave me treats! I also snuggled with a spotted dog who was really a man dressed up as a dog… they can’t fool me… I am Louie, after all!
The large Old Bay spice box shaped Corn Maze! Yup, this pup made it through the corn maze without eating all of the corn.
I love meeting people… so much so, that I really need to concentrate on keeping my tail on the floor. I just want to smother them in kisses…and they don’t even have chicken!
I got to meet, and spend time with a lot of new human pups they call ‘children’ both in and out of the corn maze. I performed all of my skills for them… of course they were impressed with my skills – especially ‘wait.’ They thought that I was adorable, and impressively smart for my age.
At dinner I met a one year old human boy whose hobby seemed to be screaming – his range was rather impressive! This crawling boy had two very hairy feline brothers; Marley and Hendrix… Marley spat at me from another room… I just looked at him… hmmm, cats and dogs… polar opposites.
On another day I got to meet a very friendly man dressed in a long black dress with a white collar. He was so happy to meet me! He called me my puppy raiser’s ‘little friend,’ and I made him smile. I didn’t even jump on him when he petted me… my puppy raiser was feeding me chicken! Then I got to meet cub scouts! OK, I did jump on them, but I am working on it.
With two more October dinners, I was able to meet a lot more new people. I was even personally invited to one of those dinners! I saw lots of legs from under the long table and I kept waiting for someone – anyone – to drop something for me to scoop up but to no avail. That’s OK, my puppy raiser brought chicken for me! I love sinking my big-boy-pearly-whites into chicken!!
I also got to visit a library and go to a matinee! It was dark and loud in the theater, and it had a lot of small blue and yellow lights along the floor. My puppy raisers told me that I did really well.
I met a debonair puppy… not unlike myself… it seems he lives in the bathroom wall. I was with with my puppy raiser when this debonair fellow appeared as I looked into the glass above the vanity. That young pup was clever. Every move I made, he made at the exact same time… I moved to the left – he moved to my left… I cocked my head to the right – he cocked his head to my right… I stood as straight and tall as I possibly could – he did the same… and when I barked it was remarkable – he barked at the exact same instant. He could be my twin! I feel quite confident that he could keep up with me during play time! Why doesn’t he come out of the wall to play with me?
My puppy raisers tell me that I am growing so fast that with each day I appear to be bigger… and one day they thought that they saw me growing! I am now 38 pounds, four months and two weeks old, I am in Kindergarten, and I have some more really cool big boy teeth! Even though I am growing into a big boy, I love, love, love my cuddles!! After all everyone needs cuddles, even me… this debonair young pup.
My kindergarten costume party was so much fun with the big dogs! We all got dressed up in Halloween costumes! I dressed to honor my namesake rather than any of my nicknames! I dressed in a 1936 track uniform since my namesake, Louis Zamperini, was not only a bomber pilot, and prisoner of war, but he was also in the 1936 Olympics as a distance runner. I am proud to have been named after such a man.
At the party there were super heroes (Superman, The Hulk), a pilot, athletes, and a skeleton! They were great! My buddy, Scruggs, dressed as a skeleton, I think because he was thin but he is no longer too thin, and he is looking rather handsome.
We all got to run through tunnels that had different shapes, and one tunnel that had no light at the end of it. I just loved running through these as fast as I could – they were so much fun! We bobbed for apples, too, and I took one out of the water bucket!!! It seemed to be the same kind of apple that I had found at the farm before class started.
The restaurant was really nice, and rather different from the cafes. It was dark in there, and I was surprised that my puppy raisers didn’t bring the flashlight! My puppy raisers brought my mat to lay on while they dined so I was very comfortable and safe with the brighter color of the mat contrasting my black fur… that way no one could step on my tail which is getting longer with each day. When I got up to leave I heard people say they never knew I was there, and I brought smiles to their faces. I love making people smile. I am good at that… after all, I am Louie, and life is wonderful!