In the beginning of the month, I got to go on an adventure with HD Boomer and HD Chief, which was a blast. We met at Boomer’s house, ran in the backyard, played chase, and I got in the pool, all before going on about a two-mile hike to Old Ellicott City to have lunch. I love going on walks and going out in public, but it’s much more fun when you are with your friends!
Three different weekends I had events to go to where Becca and I represented Hero Dogs. The first was an American Legion motorcycle ride to benefit HD. I went to meet and greet with the men and women who had just gotten back from their ride, so they could learn about HD, our mission, how puppies like me become service dogs, and most importantly they gave me lots of pets and love. Naturally, I wiggled myself right up to everyone. The noises of the motorcycles didn’t bother me one bit.
The next event was the Laytonsville Parade, where lots of us Hero Dogs pups (both Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs), along with our puppy raisers and other volunteers, walked. There were several other dogs around that I saw while walking the parade – of course I never even thought about barking at them. There were also tons of big horses, hounds used for fox hunting, loud noises, and crowds of clapping people. It was tiring since we had to walk the route all the way back to the car, but I drank lots of water to stay hydrated.
The last Hero Dogs event I attended was Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC. This was a very long day because it began early and ended late. Becca and I drove to puppy raiser Margaret’s house who has HD Boomer, so that we could run around and play together before riding the metro into DC. Not only was I excited to see Boomer and his fur brother Lincoln, but I was super excited because I know this is the house with the big swimming pool! I ran right down the deck and hopped myself onto the landing in the pool. I don’t know why the other two dogs don’t want to get in, but it certainly doesn’t stop me.
After running and playing and getting into the pool, it was time to head to the metro, which meant drying off (unfortunately). This was my first time riding the metro, and while a little hesitant at first, I settled in like a pro after a few minutes. After paying for the metro card, Becca and I had a chance to practice “go through” several times with the gates you have to walk through to get on the platform. I went under, turned around, and waited for Becca to come through. We had to take two different metros there, and two back home, but I got to be with HD Boomer both times. We rode elevators and laid under the seats without any problems. Even though we cannot play while in our vests, it was fun to use Boomer as a pillow on the way back home. Before attending the event we ran into the other Becca from Hero Dogs and HD Archie, so all of us grabbed lunch and practiced our “under” at the table. The event was very fun and very tiring. Tons and tons of people petted all four of us dogs there, where we even did demos for people to show off our skills. It was a very successful fundraiser!
One of the last things I did towards the end of the month was go to the movies! I had never been before, but I stayed on my mat on the floor the whole time. Becca said she was really proud of me and that we will get to go to another one soon. The movie had barking dogs in it at one point, which did not faze me in the slightest.
As always, I am also practicing my commands and skills. For one of our classes this month, we met at Jennifer’s house and practiced getting out of the car, turning, and sitting, while waiting for our puppy raisers to get any belongings and shut the door. Then the hard part… we had to walk on a loose leash, no pulling, into the field. All of us dogs know when we go to Jennifer’s we get to run in her big field, often with other dogs. Becca and I have worked extremely hard on my loose leash walking since she got me, so I made it all the way there on the first try without treats or pulling. We also all practiced “come” while on our long lines. Sometimes I would go off and sniff, then come back when Becca said “come,” but other times I chose to walk right next to her.
Phew, all those activities made for a tired, happy puppy this month. Thanks for reading and I’ll check back in after June!