My puppy raiser told me to say that she will not make a habit of this combining two months into one summary. It is just that April was not much to write about, at least from my prospective. Stacey’s husband had something they call “surgery” at the beginning of the month. I spent a few days with JoAnn. You will never hear me complain about that; she has a fenced in yard and three dogs of her own who sometimes don’t mind a puppy in the house. She also takes me with her to the Hero Dogs training center.
I did have puppy class in April; although it did seem quite familiar except that there were new dogs to meet! We worked on greeting people who walk and talk funny, walking nicely on the leash, grooming, waiting for food (ugh), sit, down and some other stuff too. My hands down favorite is still puppy play time, although things got a bit rough with York on occasion. He has a very odd way of telling me he likes me better than all the other puppies, its kind of like being hit by a heat seeking missile.
In April we continued to increase the length of the walks on leash. I think it had something to do with the nurse who came to the house. Whenever she came in and saw me she screamed, so we left. A puppy could develop a problem with that kind of rejection! Actually, it was very good for me; it helped me get the “wild girl” out of me. When we walked with Mr. Dave, we had to move slowly and carefully. He used crutches, they do not bother me in the least. Just another set of legs as far as I am concerned. We took a lot of car rides in April so I worked on “hup” and “out” a good deal. No, it is not up and out. We picked up medicine a couple of times, so I had to wait patiently in the waiting area as well as in line. Generally speaking that hospital they call Walter Reed at Bethesda is a very busy, interesting place. There is always somebody coming or going, something going on and certainly lots of different ways that people get about. I did sniff probably more than I should have, but I did not bark at anybody nor did I run away from any of the wheel chairs.
It was actually at Walter Reed that I got a taste of something(that is a literal taste of something) that landed me a trip to the hospital (Brookeville Animal Hosp.) as a patient myself. Stacey said that this is what happens when you eat “nasty” things. It seems I was dehydrated after a long night and morning of you know what and you know what else, so I got a shot and they pumped water under my skin. I looked like a camel and it itched like the dickens. I was feeling pretty off my game; I had no appetite and did not want to play. Can you believe it! I was supposed to go on my very first overnight trip with my family, but Jennifer thought it would be safer if I stayed with her. Fortunately, I got well as quickly as I got sick. By Sunday when Stacey picked me up I was back to my normal self; except I still had to eat the special food for a few days.
The next week end was Mother’s Day week-end and we made another trip to Pennsylvania to see Grandmother. She lives in a place where she gets assisted to live. Hey, I think that is what I am going to do when I grow up. Anyway aside from all the normal things like greeting people with walkers, canes and wheel chairs we went out to eat. We dined al fresco (what ever that means), but I was very good. I met some people that I did not jump on and I stayed quietly (most of the time) right next to Stacey. It was a long car ride, but Stacey always long lines me after the ride so I get to run out and back and around and around and pretty soon I am pooped out.
The next week end I met a new puppy raiser, Jan and stayed at her house from Friday afternoon to Wed. morning. She already has one dog that lives with her and he is named Cody too, just like at my house. Her Cody was always polite just not very playful. No problem, Jan brought me 3 times to Hero Dogs to play with the big dogs! Evidently, I adjusted well to my new environment. I guess all that means is that I ate well, slept fine and did not chew anything to pieces. Stacey wants me to tell you that Jan wrote that I was a quick study, eager to please, a wonderful house guest and I was welcome back anytime. Good thing, because I am going to her house tomorrow!
The last week-end of May was Memorial Day week-end. The most exciting part of that week-end was on Saturday when I went on my long walk in the morning with the other big dog friends of Cody and then a little later I went to Battley Cycles’ Ride to the Wall Event. Wow, was it noisy there, but pretty fun. Not only were there lots of people to meet, other Hero Dogs to catch up with, a swimming pool to cool off in, but my sponsor, Barbara, was there. also, She is super nice and loves to see how I am growing. Despite the noise of the motorcycles etc. I was able to focus on picking up keys and credit cards and the phone. Stacey said she was very pleased! Oh, before I go for those who are interested I am working especially on “touch”, “step”, and “pull” right now. See you next month!