The New Year got off to a great start in January: my 3rd birthday! One of the trainers threw a party for me at her house and I celebrated with some of my puppy friends.
It wasn’t just party, party, party all month, though. I accomplished a lot of work. One new job was to hold a door open. I had to ‘heel’ and ‘side’ with only a voice command – no help from a hand signal at all. It took a little practice to learn which was which. I also had to practice proper behavior at the veterinarian’s. It was pretty tough, but I had to hand over my paw to have blood drawn. Then I had to practice staying still while having my eyes, ears, and mouth examined.
Another task I needed to practice was holding something in my mouth while I put my paws up on someone’s lap. You’d think that after all that work I’d just be ready to flop down for a rest, but somehow they weren’t satisfied with how I settled, and I had to keep working on that. Settling can be hard, as I am always ready to work!
The winter weather did not make a dent in our busy outing schedule. I had a great time visiting my puppy raiser, Alison; I got to see what schools for kids are like (pretty different from Hero Dogs, as I was the only dog there), and we went to pet stores, grocery stores and restaurants… I was very well behaved, but all of that food smelled great, and it was just for people. I even went to church with Jan.
My least favorite trip of the month was to the doggie dentist. I did not like that experience one bit! Becca did her best to cheer me up and gave me some needed cuddling.
So, as you can see, all is going well and I am looking forward to meeting my partner very soon.