Travel by airplane can be an important experience for a service dog in training. I think I’m a pro at this point. I’m racking up those frequent flier miles. For example, in September we flew to Boston.
I recently mentioned on Twitter that people are always asking how I get to fly. I curl up under the seat, of course! If you didn’t notice me board the plane, and if you weren’t sitting in my row, you probably wouldn’t even know I was there. Flying means quiet and relaxed behavior. No problem.
Another important experience for a service dog in training is practicing being well-behaved in a professional office environment. I must say, I was excellent. Rewarded with a treat! I also went to the local middle school for Back to School Night. I enjoy laying on those cool tile floors.
Along with training, every Labrador should have a little time to kick back and relax. Concert time! I found my seat, along with a picnic for my humans, at Wolf Trap. We all thoroughly enjoyed the Gipsy Kings concert. At one point I wore silly but fun glow stick shades.
September also involved a couple of stops with The Wall That Heals including Wisconsin, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Despite the heat, I provided a tour of the Wall for the Mayor of Neillsville, Wisconsin (and his family). The amazing part of this day was the Mayor’s opportunity to place a POW/MIA bracelet below the name of a Vietnam Veteran (LCPL Merlin Allen) whose remains were finally found and returned home after decades.
I then traveled with the Wall to Loves Park, Illinois, where I met Veterans and kids and people of all ages in between.
Another notable experience with The Wall That Heals was in Beaver, Pennsylvania. I met several motorcyclists who rode in the VVA Chapter 862 “Ride to the Wall” POW/MIA Run, specifically to honor each of the POW and MIA names on the Wall. Over 1,700 motorcyclists participated, which means a lot of people and a lot of motorcycles. Not surprisingly, I met a lot of cool people who cared deeply about honoring these POW/MIA Veterans.