Hello everyone. Sorry I haven’t written in a while… as you can see from my last post, there has been a lot to do in preparation for the baby’s arrival. In early January, my puppy raisers became parents and welcomed Zoey into their family. From what I’ve heard, taking care of a newborn baby and a puppy can be challenging, so I’ve moved in with Margaret (Hero Dogs Archie’s puppy raiser) for a few weeks until my puppy raisers get used to the “parent thing.”
When I arrived at Margaret’s house, there were many people to meet, including her parents, three sisters, and dog Lincoln. Since Archie went back to Hero Dogs for advanced training, Lincoln had become a little lonely. When I arrived, he cheered up and we’ve been buddies ever since! Every day we train together. Lincoln works on agility training while I practice “wait,” “stay,” and “place” and then we switch. I’ve been learning many new commands, including, “leash,” “turn,” “back,” and “paws-up.” I’ve also been working on combining skills together like “touch-wait” to notify my future partner and “hold” to hold an object in my mouth until I’m told to “give.”
This month has been full of outings. I attended a gala with Hero Dogs “Jack” for our sponsor, the Eisiminger family. I’m named after their father, LTC Thomas I. Eisiminger Sr, a bomb technician, hence the name Boomer. I was pretty excited because I had never been to a gala before. I met many people in the company and Jack and I demonstrated the skills we are learning to help Veterans. There was even a photoshoot! In the photo, Jack and I are posing with Tom and Bob Eisiminger. Thank you to the Eisiminger family for having us at the gala, and more importantly, thank you for sponsoring us!
The next day Margaret’s family and I spent the day in Georgetown. We went to see “The Illusionists” at the Kennedy Center. I must have looked like a certified service dog because the woman checking Margaret’s ticket asked if she needed braille. I couldn’t see the show from where I was laying under Margaret’s feet but from all the talk at dinner, it sounded like an amazing show. When we got up to leave dinner, the waiter was shocked because he didn’t know I was there the whole time. Then we walked around and went into Georgetown Cupcakes for dessert before heading home.
Margaret had to travel for a few days so I stayed at my puppy sitters Morgan and Jean’s house. They took me to the agricultural park in the morning to walk and play fetch. They also took me out to a restaurant and to the mall. Margaret says it’s good to stay at other people’s houses to make sure we still follow the rules. I’m happy to report Morgan and Jean said I was a very good puppy. 🙂 Thanks so much for watching me when Margaret was away!
At the end of the month, I attended the World of Pets Expo with Margaret and her family. We watched dock dogs. The dogs stood on a long platform and when their owner called them, they ran and then flew into the air really far, landing in the water to get their toy. It was pretty cool to watch… some dogs almost jumped 25 feet! Another event we watched was dog agility. We sat in the front row and sometimes when the dog was running towards us, I thought he was coming to play, but he was only running towards the obstacle. Overall, I had a lot of fun that day. There were hundreds of dogs there and Margaret said I did a good job ignoring most of them.
Besides all of these outings, I also went to the grocery store, a pet store, a few restaurants, and my first movie, American Sniper. There was a lot of popcorn on the ground but Margaret continued to tell me to leave it. After many failed attempts to eat the popcorn, I finally fell asleep. After the movie ended, everyone got up in silence to leave. I let out a bark to show my thanks for his service, but Margaret hushed me quickly. She told me I’m not allowed to bark when I’m wearing my vest. Now that I know that this rule also applies to movie theaters, I’ll practice being quiet.
I’ll wrap up my blog with a wish for more snow. I had so much fun in January running and rolling in the snow with Lincoln that I hope we get more in February. I’ll make sure to keep you updated next month on my adventures!