My Dear Friends, My day has come!
“So long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen … Goodbye”
There is no one left with whom to trade start dates, there is no waiting for a Hero Dog to be placed, there are no more holidays to delay my day.
At twelve weeks I arrived in my puppy raisers’ arms. I am now Twenty One Months Old!
My brain continues to act like a sponge soaking up every drop of knowledge available. So as the coordinator of my body parts I will need to enter the next portal and escort my brain to college where it will be given ample opportunity to reach its full potential.
I will not be commuting – I will live on campus. I will leave the nest, fly the coupe, venture out … explore. Life’s next chapter will commence on the Fourth of April, 2017, just three days shy of my Twenty-Second month here on Earth!
Sure, I have had sleepovers before but the college dorm will hold the king of all sleepovers! I will reside there for about one and one half years, in my own huge private kennel furnished with a blue canvas hammock surrounded by my buddies in their own huge private kennels also furnished with their own blue canvas hammocks. We will share quarters jokingly referred to as the fraternity house.
Do not be sad my dear friends. Just think of the endless possibilities! This college will be home’s extension! We will have a chef, a housekeeper, a personal groomer, a driver, private tutors, study groups, ample playtime with my buddies, brain enhancing games, rides in a humongous, shiny new silver Hero Dogs party bus, and numerous exciting new adventures! And you know how much I love adventures!
Pardon me, I just have one question… Where has the time gone? Could I be exiting a time warp?
I love each and every one of you, my dear friends – from Maryland to Georgia to California to Canada to Australia – so much so that you have not heard the last from me. I will keep you abreast of my college adventures as often as I possibly am able.
Love is Life’s Food!
So then, a toast: To Life!!
I am Louie, Louie I am, and I love each one of you.
Our Shooting Star
“Unforgettable, that’s what you are
Unforgettable though near or far
Like a song of love…
Unforgettable in every way…” (Nat King Cole)
Raising Louie has been one enormously rewarding and fulfilling experience which we are immensely grateful to have had.
We will always hold a place in our hearts and in our home for our multi-talented Louie. A well rounded extraordinarily handsome big boy, possessing a magnetic personality and remarkably beautiful soul, who has mastered the art of adorably manipulating expressions as well as a remarkably expressive singing voice not to mention a master of countless skills.
Ground control to Major Louie; may God’s love be with you always.
We love you.
Your Joanie and Your Billy
Of course my adventures continued throughout my final month here at home. Here are a few March Migration highlights:
I encouraged a human teenager to play her silver pipe with expression. In turn, I performed a recital of skills for her. I also participated in a multi silver pipe rehearsal where I settled by my puppy raiser’s side for the duration.
I visited the Waredaca Brewing Company for its second annual Hero Dogs fundraising event where I posed by a humungous vat, and saw some of my buddies.
Four small humans came to call … for seven days … do you remember the small human tornado? I performed a recital of skills for them as well. The oldest of these four small humans was so impressed with my skills that she followed my performance with a quick performance of her own: she gave a couple of the same one word commands to the two year old small human. And yes, the two year old small human obliged by sitting and standing on command while wearing a smile that lit up her face. The next morning the four humans gave me a mini college send off!
I also attended a fifth small human’s birthday party during this March Migration.
My favorite puppy sitters whom I adore and love were blessed with my presence for one full week!
On one drizzly gray Tuesday morning a human tuner came to tune Piano since Piano was feeling a bit under the weather. Upon completion I also gave the human tuner a demonstration of my skills.
On March’s final Sunday I went to church where I ‘backed’ between two pews for the entire length of the pew, and ‘heeled’ from the back of the church to the altar where it seemed my puppy raiser was given a treat, and then ‘heeled’ back to our seats … perfectly with NO gentle leader. Woo-Hoo! I am a big boy! After the service, a human gentleman who wore a gown gave me a special blessing for the work that I and my buddies will be performing after college, and for the veterans who will need our help.
Yes indeed, I am loved and I love all of you.
Until my college letters, take good care, and always remember that Love is Life’s Food!
A fond adieu,