This has been an exciting four weeks. My partner and I took our final exams and passed. I wasn’t worried but I spent a lot of time soothing Ethel’s nerves. Seems like no one was worried except her.
The exams involved us doing a public access test. We went in and out of stores and walked through parking lots (it can be dangerous but I kept her safe). Someone left a perfectly good platter of fine Mexican food on the sidewalk, but I didn’t touch it or even sniff it. I don’t think Ethel even saw it because she stopped right next to it and let me rest a minute. I don’t know… Maybe I was supposed to sit on it or something but I was working and didn’t want to get dirty so I sat next to it and kept my eyes on Ethel. When we got back to Hero Dogs, Ethel had to take a written test. It was 15 pages long! It took her a long time so I took a nap. I got up every once in a while to check on her which she seemed very glad about. A hug at the right time can do wonders.
The next day I had to take my practical skills test. That was fun ’cause I like showing off. I admit it.
We passed everything, as we found out a few days later, and Ethel was very happy. So now we get to graduate this Sunday and I am told there will be a party. I hope all my human friends will come.
One last thing: Hero Dogs is competing in the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge. They are trying to win 2nd place which would give them a lot of money to help pay for training more dogs and veteran partners. If you want to help celebrate my graduation, would you donate to the cause? Five dollars could make the difference. Ethel says asking for money for my graduation is crass. I don’t know what that means. It’s not like I’m asking for a car like some human kids do. Right?
Anyway, we are having a party this Sunday and you all are invited. I hope to see you all there. This has been an exciting six months and would not even have been possible if I didn’t have friends like you. So the party is for all of you, too.