Spring has sprung and it’s great being a puppy in the Hero Dogs program. I continue to have the opportunity to travel and meet interesting people throughout the country.
The first weekend of April was opening weekend at the baseball fields for my puppy raisers. I got to go up into the announcing booth and help in selection of the songs and “help” tear apart any pieces of paper that happened to be left on the floor. But everyone was impressed with my quick ability to pick up dropped keys and pens.
As if the slow warm up here hasn’t been nice, I was able to go to San Antonio for a week. I accompanied the travelling Vietnam Wall known as the Wall That Heals. I even had the chance to model in front of it one night for this picture taken by Mark Ruiz.
San Antonio was also my first chance to meet people who don’t understand my important role. More than one cab driver passed us by not wanting to pick up a dog. I’ll have to continue to work on helping people understand the role I have for a veteran with a disability, and the rules and even laws that require them to treat me fairly. This doesn’t happen very often, but it seems to occur with some cabs and frequently occurred in San Antonio.
After getting to spend a week at home for the Easter week, I was back on the road again to Norfolk for the Virginia International Tattoo and NATO festival. Now, some may think a dog can’t get tattoos, so you wonder what I was doing there. Well, I quickly learned it wasn’t the ink type of tattoos but rather the bagpipe, drums, and marching type of competition. Take a look at the attached photo of me with Mo Brown, drum major of the pipes and drums, and Andy Carlisle, pipe major of the Tattoo.
I’m not really sure what a bagpipe is, but Andy is an awesome player. I’m also not really sure how to describe the sounds that come out of it, and the way Mo and the U.S. Marine drill sergeant would yell. Boy, could they yell loud!
While it may sound like my life is one giant trip, I’m still busy learning my skills and practicing them. Even without adult canine teeth I can pick up credit cards off of hard surfaces. My fetching skills are improving, and since I’m getting bigger, “Paws up” brings a whole realm of possibilities for ways I can help. And now that spring break is over, we’re really going to begin a period of some tough training. I’m ready!