July has come and gone for Becca and I, which means next month is the end of the summer. 🙁 But that’s OK because come the end of summer, I start graduate school with Becca! That means I will be a university pup with a lot of smarts when I am placed with my Veteran. Anyway, back to my July adventures…
As for the important events I attended, the first was at Towson University. My puppy raiser’s aunt, along with a few graduate and undergraduate students, is working with a small group of children who have a variety of disabilities and impaired social skills. Becca and I, along with volunteer Renee and HD Annie, went to visit with them. They had a bunch of questions written on the board to ask us, we showed off some of our skills, they loved on us, and the kids even took turns holding our “easy” button while Annie and I pushed them with our noses. It was so much fun, especially because I love children! What I was very confused about were the elevators. I like to work on pushing the button to open the doors, but these fancy elevators had a touch screen. We service dogs are very smart, but even those things were a little too complicated to figure out with our big ole paws.
Along with HD Annie and Amber, I went to this event where there were tons of motorcycles. It was the American Legion Riders‘ ride to benefit Hero Dogs. We three pups went to show our support and were able to have a very successful fundraiser! We showed off some of our skills and even assisted during the 50/50 raffle. Annie, Amber, and I took turns pulling a ticket out of the box for the raffle winners and giving it to our handlers. We were told to “take it” then “give” – some of the tickets got a little damp, but a little doggie slobber never hurt anybody! Oh, and how could I forget that we got to meet Michael J from WPOC and Amelia from 98 Rock. Apparently they work in the radio world, but to us, they were more nice people to give out some head scratches. 🙂
July also brought on another puppy swap! We had our quarterly meeting where all the puppy raisers, dogs, and the therapy dog teams get together. My favorite part was running and playing with HD Chester, Grete, Robbie, and SD Chloe in Jennifer’s big field beforehand. After the meeting we all swapped and went to different puppy raisers. I got to go stay with Lisa, Robbie’s puppy raiser, and her family, along with their black lab, Sancho. Sancho and I did a lot of playing together that week, but the best part was that I got to go to school with Lisa throughout the week! I even got to meet the football players and picked up a pair of cleats for one of the players. Puppy swaps are great for new experiences, but Becca said she was so happy to see me at class that next week.
Well… those were my big adventures for July, although I did also have some playdates with non Hero Dog friends, and I went swimming in my friend’s pool a couple of times. Becca and I enjoy our walks together, but changing it up at different places and being able to swim is also exciting! I suppose it’s time to get back to all my service dog duties such as chewing nylabones, looking for sticks in the yard, taking a nap… oh, and I will work on my skills as well. 🙂 Until next month!