Happy February! One of my favorite months, the month of love!
I started this month out at Hero Dogs class. We practiced “under” where we go underneath a chair and wait nicely. I am pretty good at “under,” but when I was a little bit younger I got stuck doing under and had to learn to work through it. Now it doesn’t bother me. I rather like settling under a chair as long as I fit.
I went to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) at the beginning of the month. It was great to see all my veteran friends. Guess who else surprised me?! The parents of my first girlfriend Ceili from puppy kindergarten were there. Their aunt lives at AFRH and they wanted to come visit with us. It was lovely seeing them again. Maybe one day Ceili will join the PAL (People Animals Love) therapy dogs. I have a handful of veteran friends at AFRH that I see every time we go, and my humans and I very much look forward to seeing them. My mom says that our veterans are like real life Steve Rogers! I knew they were super heroes!
When we got home from AFRH we relaxed and watched the Puppy Bowl! It is the biggest puppy event of the year… well, besides dinner. I even got a stuffed fish that is a lake trout named Burt. He is so much fun to play with! My humans ask me to get him and say “Go get Burt” and I know exactly what they mean!
The next day we went to Hero Dogs for therapy dog class. After class we all took a group photo wearing silly Valentine’s Day costumes! I got to wear a headband! I love my silly therapy dog humans!
For Valentine’s Day I took my annual bachelor photo. This time I thought if I included a big stuffed polar bear it might get the ladies’ attention! My mom put a silly Zoo Snood on me, though, and I looked like a panda bear! Aww, Mom, how am I supposed to get the ladies like this?!? Also for Valentine’s Day my humans gave me a stuffed elephant, and it is my favorite stuffy that I take everywhere now!
I went to The Living Legacy Foundation for another meeting this month. The humans talked a long time and I stayed nicely under the table. Sometimes Christen is nice and sneaks me some treats for being a good boy.
Our next Hero Dogs class this month was SO MUCH FUN! I had a wonderful time walking on a grate, a slippery metal crate floor, a tunnel that looked closed at the end, and a teeter-totter! It was the best class ever! Our teacher even said, “Calvin, your enthusiasm for life is inspiring!” She sure could tell how much I enjoyed class. I even got to walk the plank!
This month I had a BIG announcement! I am in a book called “Dogs and Their People.” The story about my service dog and therapy dog journeys, all the way to my album I wrote with Brendan “Songs My Dog Wrote,” was featured on a whole page! Thank you to BarkPost for including us in an amazingly inspiring and funny book about the crazy things humans do for us dogs! I am honored to be included in a book that many dogs I look up to on the Internet are included in as well. I have many favorite stories in the book. If you want to get a copy on Amazon, don’t forget to select Hero Dogs on Amazon Smile!
The last Hero Dogs class this month we practiced a lot of what I worked on earlier in the week such as stay, wait, front, and heel. I try to go to class as much as I can because I need to learn with distractions around, and other dogs are pretty distracting… especially girl dogs like HD Clara. Hehe… she just smells so lovely!
Outside of class this month I have been working on “leave it” with kibble on my face and picking up packing bubbles gently so that I do not pop them. Sometimes I will get super excited and grab the bubble too hard and pop it, but when I remember I can be pretty gentle.
We have been going on some nice long walks in our new neighborhood, since it has been unseasonably warm lately, and we stumbled across a children’s park. Nobody was around and I got to play in the tunnel and the rocking squirrel! There is also a lovely pond in the middle of our walk where I practice leaving the birds alone, and there is even a cat that likes to nap there as well. I don’t mind and I just enjoy the view as we walk by.
I have been very snuggly this month. I like to rest my head on a scrunched up fluffy blanket and I accidentally sat on Christen while she was on the floor once… oops! She just looked so cozy!
The photographer who took the Hero Dogs’ photos last month posted my portrait with a lovely description about me, which I would love to share as my humans say it describes me very well. “Meet Hero Dogs Calvin. This boy could literally be the perfect poster-pup for the organization, don’t you think? Perfect sit… back straight… head high and tilted… ears perked… and eyes focused! Good boy Calvin!” Thank you again Gregg Patrick Photography for helping us Hero Dogs look our best and show our true personalities! I always try my best to do what makes the humans happy, even if it is something silly!