August brought more outdoor adventures and more new friends. First let’s talk about Maine, which in my opinion is synonymous with boating and swimming in lakes, drying off in the sunshine afterward, watching distant loons, finding fresh blueberries, and coming face-to-face with these crazy things called lobsters. They don’t really look edible, but I hear they are excellent with butter. Have any lobster-based dog foods I can try?
I also went to a football game in August. Go 49ers! Even though the game was at the Ravens’ stadium, I’m sure there must have been other 49ers fans there. I also have to mention the delicious-smelling basket of ballpark fries. As I mentioned on my Twitter account, I’m a service dog and I can’t eat the fries – but a dog can dream.
My travels this month also included multiple stops with The Wall That Heals. We spent time in two Wisconsin locations: Neillsville (at the Highground Veterans Memorial Park) and Sheboygan (at the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial).
While reaching out to people with The Wall That Heals, I visited with new friends, young and old – veterans from retirement homes, families, and children. Kids are my favorite size of human! You can see a photo of me with several veteran friends below. By the way, you can find more photos of me and my participation with The Wall That Heals on my Instagram account.
Other unique things happened in Wisconsin during our August travels. I was presented with a signed wood chip at the Paul Bunyan Northwoods Lumberjack Show. I toured the Trek world headquarters and visited the custom bike ridden by Chris Horner (a famous road racing cyclist). I also stopped for a moment to talk with Chatty Belle, the world’s largest talking cow, but I wasn’t really impressed. After all, service dogs in training frequently encounter unusual things.
My primary Hero Dogs event this month was the annual Hero Dogs Golf Tournament. I took on the tough job of tending to the golf hole flag. For a Labrador, it is quite difficult to NOT grab all of the golf balls as they approach the hole, so that I can give them to the golfers. Nope, the golfers want those tempting balls IN the hole. I guess that’s what golf is all about.
At the end of the month, I went canoeing on the Shenandoah River, with wild geese visible but out of my reach. I gave kayaking a try (in one of those single-person kayaks) but I absolutely prefer canoes. There was this unusual and kinda creepy thing in a field near the river… a representation of an elephant using wood and various materials. Not sure what that was about.
I also turned nine months old in August. Looking back, I feel I’ve learned a lot and accomplished a lot in a relatively short time. That’s the life of a service dog in training!
Stay tuned for my September blog.