Another month is complete and I’m another month bigger, stronger, and smarter. July was great! I got to play outside every day and have Brent or Jamie kick the soccer ball for me. Soccer is my favorite game.
We went on many outings in July and I met many people while Jamie and Brent talked about my training and the mission of Hero Dogs. We visited some of the usual places like Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and Fort Meade.
Also, we visited some places that we had never been before. We went to the Montgomery County Offices to get a building permit and we went to the Tyber Bierhaus in Bethesda to meet some friends for dinner.
Of course, July wasn’t all play. We had our weekly training at Hero Dogs and some team outings, with dedicated training at the Shady Grove Metro Station where we learned about trains. Later, we all met at the Glenmont Metro Station where we boarded the train and headed to the city. As you know from my previous posts, this wasn’t my first trip on the Metro. But it was my first trip with the other Hero Dogs. After the train ride, we all walked to the Hard Rock Café. Just before our visit, Hard Rock had a fundraiser for Hero Dogs, so it was nice to say thank you in person. Jamie had a nice dinner with the other volunteers while all of the Hero Dogs (including me) settled and took naps.
While we continue to train on all of my Hero Dog skills, this month we concentrated on mastering STAY, GIVE, PAWS UP, PAWS OFF, and RELAX. I’m pretty good at all of those although I’m particularly good at RELAX. Sometimes I get too relaxed and Jamie tells me I snore. I’m not sure I believe her.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I let everyone think they are training me. But the truth is I am training them too. For instance, I really, really like my belly rubbed. I can convince a complete stranger to rub my belly in no time at all. And I have Brent and Jamie completely trained to give me me belly rubs whenever the mood strikes me. It’s a good life.
Until next month, Murph On!