It’s been a long time since I last wrote and a lot has happened! First and foremost, I was honorably discharged from the service dog program because I find small children a bit concerning. I do like children when they visit Hero Dogs and I can get a proper introduction, but when I go out in public and strange children run up and want to hug me and pet me, I get very worried and try to hide. I worked really hard to get over my fear, but I just could not do it. I also have a lot of allergies, unfortunately, so I have to take medicine and be very particular about the foods I eat. It’s OK – I like all food!
Following my discharge, the best thing happened! Becca, the Hero Dogs Kennel Manager, decided she could not stand to see me leave so she adopted me! We do everything together. I really like living with Becca. I am very sad when she leaves me and very happy when she comes back! When I see her coming back, I can’t help but bark loudly so she knows I’m waiting for her! Then, when she comes in, I run and grab the nearest toy and run back to her, making my happy noises while wagging my whole back end. This always makes Becca smile. I get to go to work with Becca every day and play with my kennel friends. It’s great hanging out at Hero Dogs. It’s also great going home with Becca at the end of the day.
My other big news is that I have become a Therapy Dog! This is so cool because I still get to help people and make use of all that I learned during my service dog training. I actually do a very special kind of work now. I help with what is called Animal Assisted Therapy. This means I actually help the people with their therapy for the day. I am told I am a great motivator for people who do not always enjoy therapy. It’s fun for everyone and helps the time go by really fast. I have been visiting the Hebrew Home in Rockville, and most of the time we play ball during our therapy sessions. This may seem like an easy thing but this gets the people to use their arm muscles and stay active! They work on trying to remember my name. When I bring the ball back, I have to be very patient until the person I am working with can grab the ball. Sometimes it falls out of their hand but I just pick it right back up for them.
I did have one not so fun thing happen to me. Once, when I was out in the play yard, I broke one of my nails right in half! This really hurt. I had to go see the veterinarian, and then, for a long time after the surgery, I had to have my paw bandaged up and I could not go to my Therapy Dog visits. I did not like any of this but I was very good about letting Becca wrap up my foot. I am all better now and we are both very happy to be done with the socks and bandages!
I recently went on my first kayaking trip! I was a little unsure at first. I didn’t think it was such a great idea to get into a wobbly boat but Becca convinced me to give it a try. Turns out it is actually kind of fun! I get to lay down with my head on Becca’s lap. The sights, sounds, and smells are great! There are also lots of animals to watch as we paddle along! Every so often we also get to stop so I can get out and splash in the water. I think we will be going again sometime soon. At least, I hope so!
Well, that’s all for now. I promise to keep you updated more often on my fun adventures.