Every Wednesday, I visit Mt. St. Joseph, a nursing home for nuns. Margaret and I walk around on the floor, visiting the nuns in the community room or in their own rooms. The community room is pretty awesome because there is a huge bird cage along one of the walls! At first, it was hard for me to focus with all the birds flying around. Margaret is proud because now I only look at the birds for a few seconds before focusing again.
We also visit some of the nun’s rooms where they give me yummy treats. On St. Patrick’s Day, I dressed up like a leprechaun for the nuns.
Towards the end of the month, I started playing ball with the nuns. They throw the ball and I run down the hall (bringing Margaret with me ? ). Then I’ll bring the ball right back to their hand so they can throw it again.
This month I also got to go back to Maryland twice to see Lincoln! Margaret had a spring break in the end of February/beginning of March, and then an Easter break. I had a great time going on hikes and playing with Lincoln. I even went to a dog park for the first time! There was a very large dog (Great Dane) who wanted to play with me. I was a little unsure at first because I’ve never played with a dog bigger than me. After a few minutes I came around and we had lots of fun! On our way back to Wheeling, we stopped at the Hagerstown outlets. Like I’ve mentioned before, I love the outlets because I’m allowed to go in the stores!
Over break, I went to Margaret’s mom’s and sister’s school to give a demonstration on therapy dogs. I gave a demonstration to elementary school kids about the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs. I showed some of my therapy dog skills including “lap” on all 15 students and shaking each one’s hand before they left. I also participated in one-on-one sessions with some students. Individual students came to the library and read to me. Once they were each finished, they gave me a treat. Margaret’s mom said that the following week all of the kids asked when I was coming back! Margaret says we can go back in May when I’m home again, and I can’t wait!
Next month, I’ll update you again on my therapy dog adventures and hopefully it will be warm enough to go swimming!