I started the wonderful autumn month of November at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) for a Red Cross therapy dog visit! I love visiting with everyone, going room to room. There are people I visit every time I go and there are new people too. I love saying hi to the staff, of course, because they need a fuzzy hug every now and then. I visited one of my best good friends who I visit every time and I showed him my new tricks! Every room I went in I got so many smiles! I got a lot of hugs in the waiting rooms as well.
I have been practicing putting kibble on my head and waiting. Silly humans like to laugh while I sit with food on my face! Anything for a smile!
At therapy dog class this month I was learning more Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) skills. I practiced putting a spoon in my mouth, and I practiced “pull” with a resistance band and tried not to smack Jennifer in the tummy with it when I let go! I also tried on a mobility harness just like my HD friend Maverick would wear, but I wore it for a different reason. I am learning to walk nicely on a leash that Christen holds while another human puts their weight on my mobility harness to help them gain strength walking. I just love it! I love having a job and doing physical work! Being a therapy dog means I get to help many people in different ways and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Veteran’s Day was this month. It is a day I celebrate all year, but on this day I decided to show them my thanks by making kibble word art and not eating it while wearing my American flag bandana. It was quite difficult doing “wait” and “leave it” and I drooled a lot, but it is worth it to show how much I appreciate all the Veterans out there!
I spent many days this month finishing a big project with my humans! We have been filming for my next music video and we are getting ready for our release of our first album next month! I spent part of the video curled up by the fire and that was cozy! I also got to run in the leaves!!! I like this video thing too because I get paid with lots of treats!
My human grandparents went on a trip this month to a place called Florida. The best part about that is they brought me my very own gator toy and I love him! I want to play with him every day!
It rained quite a lot this month so I tried on Christen’s rain boots, but they weren’t as functional as I had hoped… I’m a Labrador, and I love the water and mud, so I don’t need boots!
Later in the month I celebrated Thanksgiving! That morning we found a mouse in our live trap and I really didn’t see what the big deal was. I don’t really find mice, birds, or squirrels very interesting. The live trap smelled like peanut butter so I was pretty jealous that the mouse got to eat some of my favorite treat! We took the mouse to a nice spot in the woods by the stream and I think he is very happy to be living in his natural environment.
Thanksgiving is a day where the humans eat A LOT! I can’t blame them because I would have a holiday for eating too! Christen made me a special treat made with unsweetened coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon and it was the best thing I have ever tasted! I also got a brand new Nylabone in the shape of a turkey leg! I was so excited to see it! Don’t worry, I did get some leftover white meat from the turkey the next day, and it was so delicious that it made my mouth chatter!
I visit WRNMMC almost every week, and sometimes after a month goes by those visits start to blur together. Each and every visit there is so special. During my last monthly visit, I met some special kids who were getting medicine. They got down on the ground with us dogs to cuddle and it was so much fun! Some of the nurses would come over to pet us to and to take care of the kids. They put this stick in their mouths and I REALLY wanted them to do that to me too! Then they put a crinkly band around their arms that inflated like a puffer fish and I really thought that was a toy! I really liked the one nurse – she had a shirt where I could see some of her bare skin so I took my cold nose and sniffed her skin! She laughed and thought I was silly! If you wear a low-cut top around me, be warned – I might just stick my cold nose on your chest!
Next month is the most exciting month of the year because it is my birthday month! I hope I get a yummy cake! Santa Paws comes to visit too and I hope to get lots of toys and goodies! I also get to make some very special holiday visits with the Veterans and families at AFRH and WRNMMC. I wear many bandanas and vests these days as a Hero Dogs therapy dog, a PAL therapy dog, and a Red Cross therapy dog, and I am so proud of all my working dog friends and handlers. I am thankful for my job, my kibble, and my humans!
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