My puppy raiser, Stacey, wanted me to say that she is very sorry that it has been so very long since she has let me communicate with my friends and fans.
Summer has come and almost gone, and reports on me, Rosie the Riveter, have been missing in action. As the saying goes, its better late than never. In my last summary, I ended with a story about the big thunder storm that hit and knocked power out in the area. The rest of that story is that at my house we only lost power for an hour or so, but HD lost power for days. It was getting uncomfortable for my HD buddies, Jennifer called and asked if we could take a dog. The best part of the whole thing was that the dog that came was my half brother Maverick. Maverick and I spent the next three days playing and wrestling almost non stop. When he left I was exhausted, but I really missed him. Summer is time for trips and my family took some that I could not go on with them. What that means is that I spent several fun times with puppy raisers. Puppy raisers are great! They always seem to have a fun dog to play with, and they are not quite as big on the command thing as Stacey is!! Carlyn has two of the funnest(is that a word?) dogs in the world. They will play and play and play with me. When I come home from her house I am one pooped pup. In August I stayed with Maureen again; we were very busy. I went to see my first play, a company picnic, a fund raiser and a very noisy bar. I evidently behaved very well at the play and the bar, but had trouble settling around the pool and the food at the company picnic. Who can blame a girl with all that good food and little kids! They had a great bed that I jumped on every morning just after it had been made up. I tried it at home; it did not go over too well with Stacey.
I am in school on Monday mornings, where I am learning new things each week or reviewing commands I already know. I am learning how to wait and not eat food that is right under my nose, until I ask Stacey for permission and she gives it to me. I mean, I can for sure pick that little thing up by myself and eat it, but I think it makes Stacey happy to give it to me. Look, as long as I get to eat, I’m happy. Recently however we have been working around food on the ground, and on chairs and under tables that I never get to eat. Stacey seems very happy when I do not eat these things! I must be growing up, because she expects me to stay in one place for like 5 minutes straight while she does all sorts of distracting things around me. We do this at home too! Its soooo hard!! One of the fun things I have been learning is to look. I actually get treats for looking at other dogs, cats, squirrels, little kids and birds; all I have to do is look at Stacey a couple of times. And if I am really smart, I just sit in front of her and stare at her and I get something and Stacey smiles at me. As always my favorite part of “school” is play time. Even when the boys play rough, I just can’t seem to get enough of the playtime. At home, I have been working on paws up and paws off. I pick something up, put my paws down and then give the thing to Stacey. I like this very much. My only problem is that sometimes I forget that I have to be asked to take something off the bed and I get so excited I just grab what I see! You can’t blame me for trying. You know, I will work for food.
One of the biggest Hero Dog events this summer was the golf tournament. I got to ride on a golf cart. Stacey was very proud of me because not all of the puppies would get on and stay on. I jumped right up there. It was great; a car with no closed doors. The breeze was great. We spent a great deal of time sitting in a big green space watching little white balls. Then we went into a big room where there was food which I did not get to eat. All the Hero Dog pals were there, but we could not play. We had to do our work in front of lots of people. I think we did well because they clapped when we finished! I did an outing with Jennifer and Abe which was very different. We went to a building where there were lots of girls who had wheels on their feet and they kept running around in circles. They seemed to be in a race, but I couldn’t see a finish line and they weren’t chasing a ball or anything. It was very loud, but I was still able to pick up the keys!!! In September, I went to a wine tasting with Jan and got to see my sponsor again.
Stacey has been getting ready for this thing called a wedding. I do not have a clue what that means, but what I do know is that we have been going to the mall way more than usual. We have been having lots of things called meeting and appointments. I have been to caterers, florists, seamstresses and even went to a facial! I have checked out hotels and done tastings. They need to change the name of that, as far as I am concerned. They should call them smellings; that’s all I got to do. This whole wedding thing is not so bad for me. After we have a day of appointments, Stacey takes me to Jennifer’s field to run around and play with Cody.