Hello all! I’ve completed my first full month with my puppy raisers and, as promised, I’ve been working very hard at learning my Hero Dog skills. And boy have we been busy with daily training and exercise, weekly visits to train at Hero Dogs, and weekly visits to Dr. Marcie and the nice people at Brookeville Animal Hospital for my puppy exams. Would you believe I already weigh 37 lbs? I’m getting bigger and stronger every day. That’s a must for a Navy SEAL.
In March, we went to many places and met lots of people. I’ve been to Jamie’s favorite stores – Lowe’s and Home Depot. I’ve been to the commissary and exchange at Fort Meade twice. The people there are very nice to me. And I’ve been to the PetSmart and Pet Valu stores. I like those stores because there are treats and toys and other puppies.
I also got to have play dates with many of my Hero Dog buddies. They are so big and know so much. Brent told me to be patient and to keep practicing my skills and I would someday be a Hero Dog too.
We also went on two unique outings this month. We went to the National Mall and watched some of the St. Paddy’s Day Parade. Who knew the Irish would like a cute little guy named Murphy so much?! They knew my name because I now have my “Murph the Protector” patches on my vest that I got from SEAL of Honor and the LT Michael Murphy Foundation. I have the coolest vest (although it still itches a little).
My favorite event in March was a trip to the USO at Fort Belvoir. We had a great time there and I met lots of people from babies to generals. I demonstrated my skills and got lots of hugs and endless belly scratches. Anywhere that has endless belly scratches is a place I like. I can’t wait to go back to Fort Belvoir.
For training, this month we concentrated on COME, SIT, and DOWN. I’m supposed to already be proficient at those and Jamie says she’s proud of me. But I’m such a quick learner that I’m trying some skills early. For instance, when Jamie says, “LEASH,” I know to pick up my leash and give it to her. She also plays a game where she “accidentally” drops her keys and then asks me to TAKE and GIVE. I can do that most of the time. And I’ve included a picture of her teaching me to WAIT by putting my favorite treats on my paws but making me wait until she says it’s OK for me to have them. That’s a tough one!
So the only problem in March is that Brent promised me it would be warm and we would be outside a lot. But it turned out to be snowy and icy and cold. While I like playing in the snow, I’m ready for the warm weather. Jamie says we’re going to make another adventure to the National Mall for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I’m looking forward to that! Do you think the people there will like a cute puppy also?