In my last blog I mentioned that Petra and Jay brought a big tree into the house… the one that I wasn’t allowed totouch. That tree was decorated with lights and things that looked like balls and toys. I was told to leave it and I listen very well so I just sniffed a couple of the balls and observed from a distance. There was a package with my name on it under the tree. I got a nice big new bone to chew on!
We spent some time at the cabin in West Virginia where the real snow is! We took long walks in the snow and I especially loved romping in the deep powder! Petra took me to the ski area where people slide around on long sticks. I found that very interesting and had some fun pulling them down the hill! When Petra got ready to go I was a big help and got her ski boots for her. They were really heavy but I’m a strong guy and I managed just fine! All that running and playing in the snow makes one very tired and I promptly fell asleep.
January first was not only the first day of 2015 it was also my first birthday! Petra made me wear a silly bow around my neck for a photo before I got to have my birthday bone! At least she didn’t make me wear a hat like Murph does…I hate wearing hats!!! In January we also had our Hero Dogs quarterly meeting. That is an exciting night since all the Hero Dogs come to the meeting and we all have to behave while the humans sit around and talk. We did do some training though to help us get our wiggles out. Sit, down, stand…touch, wait and settle. I heard that a lot that night. I have been having a little trouble settling down when there are lots of my dog friends around. It’s so hard to concentrate when I have so many distractions…like Amber, Boomer, Murphy and Mitch!
Petra and I took another trip to Baltimore. We walked around on the piers and I tried very hard to walk without pulling. My one year old brain just forgets sometimes and then Petra stops in her tracks until I realize what I have done and I come back to her. We did a lot of that! There happened to be an event with the Naval Academy at the Inner Harbor and we stopped and had a photo taken with some of the Navy Midshipmen. They were all so impressed when Petra dropped her pen and I picked it up for her. I like showing off like that!
One day Petra told me that we were going to do a puppy swap. I didn’t exactly know what that meant except that I got to go home with Mitch’s family and Mitch went home with mine. I was a bit confused when I left with Tim instead of Petra but it was all good! I had a really exciting time. Tim took me to Florida with him. I took my first airplane flight! Tim said that I was as good as gold! Of course, I am a Golden Retriever!! I spent some time in a hotel but that didn’t go as well since I did some watchdog barking during the night and I don’t think that’s allowed. Tim and I spent lots of time at the Vietnam Memorial Wall and I was a very popular attraction!
I know I have talked about all the fun things that I have done lately. But I am always practicing and learning service dog skills. Petra incorporates training and working into our day to day activities. I get Petra her shoes and get my leash when we go out and I wait before going out door. I pick things up for her during the day and pull open and close drawers. I wait and settle and come when I am called. I walk behind the grocery cart and can carry a bag at the store and help to unload them at home. There is so much to learn in the life of a service dog in training.
I am loving wintertime and playing in the snow! Right now I am extra lucky to have Hero Dog York living with me for a while. We have so much fun running in the yard and playing and wrestling! I’m a lucky dog!!!