Happy summer! I started out the month at Hero Dogs class. I can’t remember much of what we learned because my memory was clouded with the gift I received! Food always makes me get off track. Clipper’s Canine Café sent a bunch of Canine Care packages to Hero Dogs HQ filled with toys and training treats! Thank you so much for all who donated! You can visit them at their store for some yummy food to give your pooch!
This blog is going to be a little bit different than my other blogs. I am not going to write about all the families I went and visited because this month I needed to be home to comfort my family. I had the most important therapy dog job I have ever had. This past month my Aunt Emily (Brendan’s sister) went over the human rainbow bridge. I will miss her and will remember the times we shared.
I first met Emily the day I came home. I was a little yellow puppy then and I knew she was a silly human… she said when I sat that I had the “Leg of a Dancer!” She loved to help with my training and she loved playing the “keys” game with me. She would love it when I made my silly videos or photos and played dress up too! She called me “Special.” I think that’s because I understood her in a very special way.
Emily struggled a lot with sadness. I was always there to let her pet or snuggle me. She was so proud of me that she talked about me to all her friends. I knew life was hard for her, but as a dog I don’t dwell on sadness because there is always time to play ball or eat a good treat. I wanted her to have fun!
One weekend she got very sick and went to the hospital and then the next weekend my humans were very very sad and Emily never came back home. I was there to greet my family when they just needed a hug.
I had the toughest therapy dog job ever this month. I put on my therapy dog vest and got ready to greet everyone who came to Emily’s life celebration. Hundreds of humans showed up with food… oh my goodness, the chicken nuggets and the ham and cheese sandwiches! Photos were hung up of Emily and her life adventures. Flowers and cupcakes and ice… yummy ice in coolers outside! Her friends that she met in local theatre showed up, played the piano, and sang! It was very loud and very beautiful! I could barely fit in the living room! So many wonderful people celebrating her life!
There were many of her friends that needed comfort and I visited with them much like I do at the hospital. I knew they all needed me. I sat with her friends both old and new. Many people just needed a furry hug. I even entertained the little kids and a baby too! The little baby girl smiled so much when she watched me just walk by. I behaved very well and I left the food alone. Christen said I acted very grown up. I didn’t even use kibble during most of the party to have good manners. I knew the humans needed me and that is my job.
Sometimes the most important job you will have is being there for your loved ones. I know that has been true for me. So if you have ever loved and lost I hope you find comfort in the good that is out there, friends, family and the community. If you ever need a furry hug just call my name and I will be there to comfort you.
I took a bit of a break from my visits, but I got back into it because people need me and my humans need to see that we can make a difference, one smile at a time.
At the end of the month I started back making my visits to Walter Reed (WRNMMC). I met a new Red Cross therapy dog named Major; he is a big black lab and I think we are best friends! My French bulldog friend Timmy was there too, along with Rika and Bear! I got to visit both the outpatient pediatric clinic and the inpatient pediatric unit. I just love working and I love seeing all the kids smile! I think it was great to get back in the habit of that again. I also needed to get my humans out and about again. Sometimes helping someone else really can help your own heart!
I love you all! Please know if you are struggling with anything, there is always help, whether with two legs or with four!