A busy dog means yet another busy month for my puppy raiser and myself! The events slowed down a little bit this month, but that simply means more time for me to go out socializing and working on my skills in public, going for walks, swimming, and learning new things in class!
The biggest event of all this month was my 1st birthday!!! Becca and I cannot believe how fast time flies and that I already had a birthday! It was such a fun day! Hero Dog “Calvin” and his humans Christen and Brendan, Hero Dog “Grete” and her puppy raiser Rheana, and service dog Chloe and her boy all came out to celebrate with me by going for a hike and swim at the reservoir. We ran in the backyard for a bit, then walked three miles at the reservoir and spent a lot of time in the water chasing sticks, tennis balls, and splashing in one of the smaller streams. After we got home and I napped, Becca made my birthday cake and gave me my presents!
Another event we both attended this month was the Hero Dogs Open House. Nearly all of the puppy raisers and their pups came out; lots of the volunteers who serve in all different areas at Hero Dogs, our vet, and even individuals who have donated dogs to the program were there. We played a few games and put on a demo for everyone, where each of us service dogs in training showed off a different task that we will be able to do while serving our Veterans in the future. My task was to show the command “leash,” where I pick up my leash and give it back to Becca when she drops it, as well as showing how I can use my mouth to pull a sock off of Becca’s foot and give it to her. There was clapping when I was finished, which I’ll assume is a sign that I did a good job, plus I got chicken for doing what I was asked. 🙂 Secretly, my favorite part was sitting in the kiddie pool full of rubber duckies that day, and I think it was for some of the other water loving dogs too!
One class this month we went to a bowling alley. It was very crowded, so we spent some time just walking around and getting used to all the lights and loud music, while also stopping to say hello to people and explain what Hero Dogs is. We worked on “down stay” while our puppy raisers went up to bowl, and settling while waiting our turn. It was quite an experience! Especially having to ignore the giant balls rolling down these big lanes. Kind of seems silly that the humans use them to knock down these pins, when us dogs would gladly chase them if we were allowed.
One thing I have been working very hard on is ignoring the food scraps on the floor at restaurants while resting under the table. It’s sometimes easy to do because if I “leave it” then I get a treat anyway! Nonetheless, a dog is a dog and occasionally I forget to “leave it.” Speaking of restaurants and places I have gone this month, there have been lots – clothing stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, the mall, the park, the reservoir, and many others. Normally whenever Becca has somewhere to go, I get to come not only because I love to join her, but also because it’s all a learning experience for me! We like to go walk on her old school campus together because it’s so big, and one time this month we explored the playground at the lower school, which was pretty fun, standing at the bottom of the slide and exploring the climbers. I also like going to our friends’ house because they have a pool in their backyard where I can swim with their two Labs. They even told me I could come over any time to swim; hopefully Becca remembers that because I love to jump in the pool!
Hope all my followers are having a great start to the summer, but I better get back to doing really important things such as chewing my Nylabones and eating peanut butter. Check back next month for new adventures!