I began my month celebrating the fourth of July at the Armed Forces Retirement Home! It was great to see my Veteran friends as I haven’t seen them in several months! My Hero Dogs friend Boomer was there too! He joined the therapy dog pack! For a special treat on a hot day my humans made me a ‘pupsicle’ with strawberries, blueberries, and coconut milk! It was sooo delicious!
There was a therapy dog quarterly meeting this month where we had to practice going up to visit someone in a wheelchair, but the catch was they had crumbs and peanut butter all over them. We had to avoid the crumbs and peanut butter, and then “lap” on the human. I did very well because I knew we were training! Later that week we had the Hero Dogs quarterly meeting and that was a lot of fun seeing everyone!
Not long after that a big thing happened! My humans got a new house! I went over to inspect it of course! I even got a special mat for the front door so everyone remembers to not track the mud in! We didn’t have many comfy things to lay on, so Christen put a rug down and I just loved my new “place.” The boring part is we spent many days there this month.
Sometimes the humans would paint things; sometimes they would clean or repair things… it seems like it is never ending. They told me that when we are done we are going to live there… I am pretty happy about it! Right now there is no furniture so I love to run around inside!
I tried fresh green beans from the farmers’ market this month! Before I tried one I got to balance it on my forehead and “wait.” Sometimes I think my humans are just messing with me.
At the end of the month I had a very special Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) trip. I say it was very special because during the visit my humans were walking down the hallway to a different part of the hospital when a lady and her two daughters stopped us dogs to visit with us. This happens when we go from one area of the hospital to another, but this time it was special. The little girl started petting me and she mentioned she was there to see a doctor for her kidney and that she was feeling better. She also said her birthday was on the 20th of August. You see, I lost my Aunt Emily last month and she had a kidney transplant years ago, and my mom Christen’s birthday is the 20th of August too! She also mentioned that she and her sister recently played in the rain and it was so much fun! My humans were very touched by this chance encounter… my humans said sometimes life likes to send you a wink.
In Walter Reed I visited an older Veteran who was very happy to see me. I even visited him twice so I could meet his family too! I saluted him to show him respect, and what he said next made my day! He said, “You’ll make General someday!” I will always remember that and if they ever award the rank of General to a yellow dog like me I sure will try my hardest! He thought my salute was so good and that I was very well behaved. It means so much to me that he was so happy to see me… I felt that I did a job well done!
The special thing about my job is… I get to help everyone. I visit with the staff, the patients, and the families. Most of all, my humans get to witness something magical and that enriches their lives. I hope that if you have not yet witnessed how powerful kindness can be, that one day you do… it is something very special.
I hear next month is full of exciting events and adventures! I cannot wait! Another month of warm summer… I cannot wait for it to cool off a bit!