As expected, November brought more opportunities to meet and gather with friends. Close to home, I spent time greeting veterans and meeting kids at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC. I also had a great time meeting eight new friends in the Bear Den of Arlington, VA’s Cub Scout Pack #164.
We also accompanied The Wall That Heals to another destination, this time at the University of Texas at Dallas. Every community we visit during the year extends a special welcome. For example, at UT-Dallas, our traveling exhibit was escorted onto the university campus by local police and by motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard. Then we attended a welcome ceremony featuring keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, who is a highly decorated combat Veteran and a former Vietnam POW.
This was the last tour stop this year for The Wall That Heals, but many future tour destinations are scheduled for 2015 starting in January! While we were at UT-Dallas, we also attended the unveiling of a replica memorial honoring the 604 Texans killed in the war on terror since 9/11.
One of my Hero Dogs classes this month involved a lot of distractions. Not food this time – other things. As you can see, I was hanging out while enduring various sounds, vacuums, and other activities (including weird electronic objects that moved around by themselves) that would make a normal dog bark. I got treats when I ignored them.
Toward the end of this month I enjoyed my first Thanksgiving, and I also celebrated my first birthday. All I got was this ridiculous hat and purple garland. You might say this is a cute picture, but these decorations aren’t really my style.
Check back in early January to read my December blog!