June started, and right from the very beginning I knew it was going to be a good month. On June 1 my puppy raiser brought me to Jan’s house where I spent the night for two nights. I think I mentioned this earlier but she has a Cody at her house also, just like at my house. Jan’s Cody is not too thrilled when I come, but he is never mean or anything; he just has zero interest in playing with me. Go figure. I had a tear on one of my pads but they doctored me up pretty well and when I saw Dr. Dean on Sat. she said it wasn’t bad, she cut off the flap and said they had done everything correctly. That was at the Flea market at church on Sat. I sure was glad that they did not have fleas at the Flea Market, but they did have lots of people and things to look at. On Sunday I went to another puppy sitter’s house. Her name is Robin and she has a dog named Lucy and a boy named Ryan. I had a blast!! I met some chickens, did I ever tell you I love to eat chicken. Anyway, I do not think this was the eating kind of chicken; these had wings and feet and eyes and everything. Most of them were afraid of me, but one of them watched me and I watched “it.”
We took long walks together, two on most days I was there. We went to parks and took long walks; there were bunnies and geese! I was a good girl and did not pull anybody into the pond. I went to school for a meeting, I was not bored I was very busy. (ok, so it was my stuffed kong that got me through!) On Wednesday I got to go to the HD training center and play with the big boys; I love playing with the big boys. Maverick is my favorite. That night we went to a big field with lots of boys like Ryan running all around and there were Moms and Dads and other kids watching. I met another very little person and I did not jump (actually I was too pooped to pop), but Robin was very proud of me just the same. All the walks in the country are pretty tiring and playing with Lucy and getting pets and hugs from Ryan are fun but exhausting. Speaking of Lucy, she keeps trying to pull a fast one on me. She loves my orange ball with a tail on it and when she wants to play with it she will drop one of her toys in front of me to distract me. She thinks I don’t notice, but I do. Its just that I don’t really mind, besides she lets me play with her stuffed dragon. I LOVE this toy. Robin was so kind and she packed in my bag to keep when I went home. Stacey calls it duck dragon because it quacks like one when I bite it. Before I go with Stacey on an errand these days we put duck dragon on my “place”; I have noticed when I get home that it is not normally in the same spot. I have questioned Cody about it at length, but he refuses to give me any information. I went back to Jan’s house for another night and Stacey picked me up on Saturday evening when they came back from the beach. Why could I not go to the beach?
The next week I did get to go to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore which is near water. It was a Sailabration event marking the bicentennial of the war of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, so they had lots of boats in the harbor visiting and you could take tours. I walked the gangplank!! We only went on one, but it was fun. Mostly, there were people. Lots and lots of people, and lots and lots of food on the ground. If I heard leave it once I heard it a hundred times that day (not that I can really count mind you), but it was ok because Stacey brought yummy chicken for me . The Blue Devils did some crazy flying stuff right over my head. I watched, but paid attention to Stacey when she asked me to “watch” her instead. I was not afraid, just interested. It was a hot day so they decided to eat dinner in a real restaurant with AC. After finishing my Kong, I fell right asleep. When we were leaving several people commented on the fact that they did not even know I was there. That made Stacey smile.
I have started classes again this month. This one is for Hero Dog puppies only, which is ok by me. It does mean there are less dogs to play with, and I think we have to work a little bit harder than before but it is still fun. Jennifer noticed I was targeting Stacey’s hand and not her face when I was coming when called, so we are working on that much more. There is something called attention which Stacey seems to need a whole bunch of. I have heard that small children need a great deal of this, but puppy raisers, that’s a new one for me. Even on long walks, she expects me to pay lots of attention to her, and if you can imagine it I have to check on her every few feet. Oh well. Actually, all I have to do is look her in the eyes and she gives me a treat! At home we have started working on “pull” and she wants me to pick things up from inside a basket and drop it back into the basket as well. Its going ok, but I am kind of trained to make sure it gets into her hand first. Never mind, all this training stuff means more food for me. Stacey is getting a bit more careless these days, I have noticed on our errands to the bank, store, post office etc. she has been dropping more things than usual that I have to pick up. She must be a little scared too in some places because she wants me to either be “closer”, “side” or “heel” when I am out in public.
Ok, so I see that this summary is getting longer and longer, but there are still two things that I have to tell you about. On June 16 was the Hero Dogs open house. I had to wear the vest, so I knew I was working most of the time. It was a bit hard because just about all of the dogs were in that one place. I was so distracted at first that Stacey had Scotty and Franklin play with me for a while. It did help me focus later on. At one point Jennifer asked all of the puppy raisers to come and show the guests what we are being taught to do. I picked up those keys quicker than you can say, “lickety split”. I could have done much more, but I did not want to show off too much.
The last thing that I have to tell you about was the trip I made to Richmond with Stacey, Jan and Maverick to the Wheel chair games exhibition. After a rather long car ride, we went into a very large building with lots of people in wheel chairs. Hero Dogs had a “booth” and we (us dog types) were there to be noticed so people could find more out about Hero Dogs. I was picking up keys, credit card and coins for hours. It was a blast! We all got plenty of attention, praise and treats. Jennifer said it was a success. Just as we were getting ready to leave a big storm came, with high winds and lots of rain. We had to go back into to exhibition hall to wait for the all clear. It was a little crowded but Maverick and I behaved very well. We got more attention, praise and treats. By the time we hit the car, we were both pooped out.
The last week end of the month was the week end of the big storm. It made me a little nervous, but Stacey put me in the crate and I fell asleep in the middle of it. Unlike the Hero Dog training facility, we only lost power for an hour. The rest of that story will wait until my July summary.