Learning to be a Hero Dog requires us to go on outings and practice good behavior with lots of distractions. Petra and I have had many new experiences lately.
We went to a lacrosse game and a soccer game and we met many people. I had to pay close attention to Petra since there were lots of balls and other dogs around. We went to the airport to meet a flight and people all noticed my pretty red service dog vest. They know not to bother me when I am working. Petra usually allows me to say hello, though, since it’s good for me to meet lots of different people. We went to the Celtic Festival one weekend and boy were there lots of distractions there! People, food, dogs, and even sheep! We were invited to walk in the Laytonsville Parade. I must say that we all looked pretty impressive parading together in our Hero Dog vests. We were all very well behaved and received lots of applause!
On Memorial Day weekend we were lucky to spend some time with lots of Veterans at Rolling Thunder in Washington DC. So many Vets came by our booth to meet us, give us lovin’, and make donations. I met so many wonderful people that appreciate the work we do. I greeted every one of them and boy was I exhausted by the end of the day! We did make time to take a photo of me in Albert Einstein’s lap. Maybe some of his smarts rubbed off on me!
Other than our big events Petra also takes me along to restaurants (where I sit patiently under the table), grocery shopping (where I help put groceries on the belt), running errands, and even clothes shopping. I’m not too crazy about that… but I always get some good treats out of the deal. Here’s a photo of me helping to pick out plants for the backyard.
Summertime has arrived and I’m so excited to be able to swim in the pool again. I’ve learned that “no pool” means that I’m not supposed to go into the water but I’ve been allowed at least one swim a day. Petra says that luckily I have a great coat that dries quickly.
Unfortunately, I had a little accident with one of my nails. That was no fun at all… I even had to wear the dreaded “cone of shame.” It’s all better now, but now I hate going to the veterinarian’s office. I’m going to have to learn to trust them again.
I was lucky to have been able to spend a week with puppy sitter Suzanne recently. We went on lots of long walks together and she introduced me to her friends. I got all A’s on my puppy sitter report card. Thank you Susanne for a really fun time!
I am 16 months old now and Petra is always telling me what a great dog I am. She says that she is very proud of me and all that I have learned. Occasionally, there is some talk about moving into the Hero Dogs kennel for my advanced training… but Petra holds my ears and tells me not to listen.