So Stacey just said that if you get one month’s summary in early and it is super long, there is more grace for the arrival of the next month’s summary which is both shorter and late. Okay, so maybe she is just hoping that it’s true.
April started off with a wedding and ended with a wedding, which means that April started with a fun visit to a puppy sitter and ended with a fun visit to another puppy sitter. Stacey said she hates to leave me for all of this time with puppy sitters, as my time with her is getting short, whatever that means. Supposedly Jennifer told her that it is good for me to stay with numerous different puppy sitters before I “go to college.” Does “good for me” mean stuff like eating spinach and getting ear drops? Neither of which I like, by the way. As far as I am concerned puppy sitters are a blast. Both Susan and Carole have yards with fences which means I can run around and around, pretty as you please. I do not have one of those at “my” house with Stacey. Susan also has a dog to play with. Life is so good.
During one week this month, puppy class was at a park. You know, the kind of park with grass and birds and grass and birds and grass and birds. You get the point. There was a slide and I went down that a couple of times which was fun. We also got to run around, kind of in a big open field. What kept happening was as soon as I really got going Stacey would say “come” and I would. She always gave me a treat and smiled real big, so I listened pretty much every time. Okay, so maybe I forgot to come back one time when I got pretty close to Calvin puppy. You try running back and forth like that for a time and see if you don’t get just a bit worn out. The other thing about this park picnic was that we were not allowed to eat any of the food that somebody had very thoughtfully left there for us. It was in plain sight, on the floor of the covered shelter, on the benches and even in the grass. But were we allowed to eat any of those corn dogs, etc? No sirree, it was “leave it,” “leave it,” “leave it” the whole time. Some of the puppies managed to get a bite or two, but all in all that food was left behind uneaten. Go figure; sometimes these two-legged creatures are hard to understand.
I made another trip to the assisted living facility, which is always good according to Stacey because there are canes, walkers, and wheelchairs with people connected to all of them. I was a very good girl, and even though I am much bigger now and most of the time when I am in my vest Stacey does not ask me to say “hello” to people, she does here. It makes the folks so happy there when I do. I am always careful and gentle; I can tell that jumping on them would not be good. It was a chilly day, so we went to see a movie and then got something to eat in a restaurant. I really do not know what all this fuss is about, deciding what restaurant to go to. No matter where we go, I pretty much eat the same thing. Stacey was very proud of me because I was under the table and it turned out to be a very busy section of the restaurant. There was a birthday party right across from our table, and a little girl was dancing right next to me; several people came by with walkers and canes; and stuff was dropped and clattered on the floor; I remained interested but never agitated, anxious, or overly excited. I did not bark or try to jump up. I looked up at Stacey a couple of times to see if she wanted me to do anything, but she did not want me to move. She said “settle,” and that’s what I did. She said, at least for that day, I passed the Grand Central Station test!!
On April 15, I think, we had another quarterly puppy raisers meeting. These are so much fun. We get to see all of the puppies and their people, and before the meeting we got to run in Ms. Jennifer’s field together. Can’t beat that!! We did work on skills, which is always hard for me when my friends are all around me. Calvin puppy was there and they used him as a distraction for me to work on “look.” I like to look! When I see something new or interesting Stacey says “look,” and I think of course I am going to look at that. Then she clicks, my head whips around, and she gives me a treat. As soon as that happens she says “look” and the same thing happens again; she does this again and again. Pretty soon I figure if I just sit there and “watch” the treats will come without all that rapid head movement stuff. Fooled her, treats for just looking at her. YES!!! Stacey, Petra, and Robin seemed at little sad at one point during the meeting when the college word was mentioned, but life is still the same for me rolling merrily along.