My sister Lucy and I were in invited to the Chalmers P Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center open house. What a fantastic time we had and we met a lot of new friends. Daddy told me this Center is for all the people who were in the military; he called them veterans. After Daddy told me what a person did to become a veteran and what they gave up in their life, I think they should be called HEROES.
At this open house Lucy, Mommy, Daddy and I attended as part of the new therapy dog program for the Chalmers P Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center. There are six teams of therapy dogs that make up our squad. We visit through the week and on weekends to make all the heroes and doctors, nurses and staff feel welcome and loved. Let me tell you, they gave us a lot of love.
I've got a secret to share with you. It was Lucy's first time as an International Therapy Dog. She did great, but Mommy looked whipped after 2 hours with Lucy. When they were trying to take our picture Lucy kept putting her butt to the camera. She sometimes is so funny and everyone, including Mommy, was laughing so hard. Daddy finally had to scoot her around so she was facing the camera.
Now for me. I went everywhere on the first floor and met so many people. Of course, everyone wanted to have their picture taken with me. Then Daddy took me to the second floor to visit more people. We took the box that goes up and down; daddy calls this an elevator and I did great. When we reached the second floor, I took one step out of the elevator, my legs went four different directions and I landed on my belly. Me, handsome and cool, looking like a clumsy Newfoundland rug. I tried to get up, but I kept sliding everywhere. Daddy finally pushed some button and that box opened and Daddy pushed me in. Once I was inside the elevator I got up and looked cool again. The rest of the day we stayed on the ground floor. Daddy told me people can say "HI" to me going up and "Bye" to me coming down.
Lucy and I will be at the VA Center every week for the next 6 months so if you're one of those heroes, look for us. If you live in the Sunbury area, every Thursday in June and the first Thursday in July Lucy and I are learning to be good listeners. We have been asked by the Sunbury Community Library to let people read to us. We will be there in the library from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Please go sign up and we will listen to you read us good books.
Hi friends. I hope you had as much fun this week as I did. I got to visit Trinity United Methodist Church's TUMPS Preschool in Marble Cliff, Ohio. I was greeted by many neat little humans and some fun human adults. My mommy read two of my favorite books and told all the young humans about me and my furry kin. I made many friends that day and they asked me to come back next year during school. Thank you TUMPS for being so nice.
I have been telling you about my little sister Lucy. This is a picture of her when she was 3 months old, hiding behind daddy's boots.
I'm so proud of my little sister. She received her Advanced Canine Good Citizen ribbon last night. This is the sister that still pulls my ears and pulls on my legs--the same one who jumped on top of me just before she left to take her tests. She said she was a good girl. Nobody asked me for my opinion.
Here is Lucy being sweet and Daddy talking to her just before she took her test to be a licensed Therapy Dog International and Advanced Canine Good Citizen.
Poor daddy looks worn out, but Lucy is now a licensed therapy dog and has one more ribbon than me. The bib says it all, yet I am so proud of my little sister.
These are my new friends from Chapter #304 of Therapy Dogs International, Inc. We were asked by this really nice lady at Ohio Wesleyan to come to Hamilton-Williams Campus Center and help the young students relieve their stress from classes and homework. We all did a great job; the students told us so with hugs , kisses and great petting.
The students texted all their friends and within minutes the place was packed with so many dog lovers. They came from everywhere. You could say it was raining young as well as older humans. That sounds better than saying raining cats and dogs. Look closely. There are dogs among all those humans.
These young folks were so nice and friendly and they smelled like many different breeds of dogs.
The young man in the grey sweatshirt was really fun and I think he missed his furry friends at home. When there were only a few people around I got to show him how to wrestle and play. He was such fun and he is my friend.
Thank you to all the young students and staff from Ohio Wesleyan for being so nice to all of us from TDI. You guys ROCK!
My job is so tough. Every morning before the show when the vendors came in to set up they would all come over and say Hi to me. Two nice ladies from Israel and a young man from Germany visited me and gave me big hugs. They missed their furry loved ones at home so I gave them kisses to make them feel better. At these shows I get to play with my friends and meet many wonderful people. This is me with my friend Amanda from Logan Heat and Air. She is so sweet and has a cute pup at home, I love Amanda.
So many humans came out to see me on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We had a great time. People shared many pictures of their furry families and I got a lot of smooching. Many people got on the floor and played with me, petted me and gave me big hugs.
This little person and her mommy came over to say Hi and meet me and my mommy. They were so nice.
I get to kick back this week and enjoy my days off with my sister. My sister, Lucy, graduated from her TDI (Therapy Dog International) class last Monday and in three weeks she takes her Advance Canine Good Citizen test and her Therapy dog test to get her TDI license. My sister is so sweet and I am so proud of her. Yet, we can keep that a secret that she is so special to me; you know she is my pest of a little sister.
April 19th I will be on the Campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware Ohio. Like my little sister, the students are studying for their yearly finals so they can go home to their furry families and play with them for the summer. Daddy said they sometimes get stressed out and need doggie love to get them through. That is my cue: Einstein with Doggie Love anytime, any place.
Today Daddy and I played and wrestled all afternoon. You know how big my daddy is and I beat him. I pinned him in 2 minutes flat. Then my little sister jumped on him and we had so much fun. Right now my little sister and I are resting up for an exciting day tomorrow. Daddy said there is going to be up to 5 inches of snow. I love snow.
Last night Mommy and Lucy had fun at the Mall. I first thought it was just a girls' day at the mall, but later Daddy told me it was Lucy's Therapy Class.
Look at all those dogs with their humans. So many butts to sniff and so little time. If you look closely you can see my little sister and our proud Mommy. What a pair. My sister in blue bows and my mommy in a blue shirt.
The pretty human is our Mommy and the one with the bows in her hair is my little sister Lucy. Don't worry I teased Lucy about those bows when she got home.
My little sister rocks. She passed her Canine Good Citizen's test and she is now in her 5th week of Therapy Dog International class. Last Saturday she appeared at the Pet Expo in Columbus Ohio. Many of my friends came to the Pet Expo and said Hi to Lucy. I could not go because I was taking a long desired nap. Do not get me wrong, I may be proud of Lucy, but little sisters can be a pain in the rear and a menace at times, especially when she is tugging on my ear, but I love her and she makes me so proud of her. YOU GO LUCY. This week Lucy will be at the Polaris Fashion Mall on Monday at 6:00 PM.
Now for me, I have had a few weeks off and I must be doing something right for my Mommy just said, "Look how dirty you are?" I am not really sure if that was a comment or a question. I think Daddy said I have several appearances coming up in April. You see, there is this really neat preschool at Trinity Untied Methodist Church in Marble Cliff. I am meeting with the Directors of TUMPS to see if we can make a program for me to meet with the 90 children and for Mommy and Daddy to read to them. Also the children will get to read to me. TUMPS would like me to stop by once a month in the new school year and I think that would really be fun.
Please come and see me for I am being featured once again with my good friend Maggie (Daddy's and Mommy's Robot) in the AUTMOW BOOTH at the Home Show on the Ohio State Fairgrounds April 6, 7 and 8. I had so much fun making people happy at the Home and Garden Show I wanted to do it again. Stop by and say Hi when you are there.
Let me tell you I was exhausted with seeing so many old and new friends. I have slept for two days, mainly outdoors and in any water puddle I could find. The people at the show were wonderful and everyone was so kind. The guy in the Home Depot booth kept bringing me treats and I loved them. All the people working at the show and Nikki, Shows Group, were my best friends. Nikki really knew how to give me great rubs. Every morning she greeted me and during the show she came up and gave me those great rubs. THANK YOU, Nikki!
I kinda thought Daddy felt lonely; every morning we walked into the show everyone would say hi to me or come over to the booth just to see me. I gave Daddy extra love those days to show him I cared. Daddy and Mommy talked the whole time telling people I was a Landseer Newfoundland; I did not understand; I thought everyone would know who I was and what I was. Daddy lost his voice half way through the second week and now he has to give me hand signs until he can speak again. Lucy and I keep looking away from him and play like we cannot see his signs. HeeHeeHee.
The only time Daddy was disappointed in me was on Friday night after the show. We came home and it was raining. My favorite days are rainy days. I sprung out of the car and found the biggest mud puddle I could find in the yard. I ran full blast, picked up my legs and slid across the mud and water. My sister came out and joined and we had a blast. Daddy said I was bad and he had to get up at 4:45 AM on Saturday to wash me and get me dry for the Saturday show at 10:00. I love the water and mud; to me it is called having fun, not being bad, Daddy.
Hanging in the mud with my sister; THAT IS A GREAT DAY!
My sister Lucy did it. She 15 months old and she graduated from SunnySide Training Center in Johnston Ohio with her Canine Good Citizen class and took her test and passed. Lucy is really good to humans, now towards me she a little stinker. She constantly is pulling on my ears and harassing me. Daddy says it the puppy in her, but I think it just her being my sister. You know how sisters can be. Yet, I love my little sister
The Dispatch Home and Garden Show has started and we have had a blast. Before the door open all the vendors came down to pet me and say Hi. I love our neighbors Amanda from Logan Heating and Air; she is a star and she still got on her knees and played with me. Then the doors open and the crowd of people flowed in for 2 days. I had over 250 photos the first day and Daddy lost count after 310 photos on the second day. Daddy needs to go back to school and learn more math so he can count higher.
So many of my friends and new friends stop by to say hi and pet me. I love them all and I think I made some of them feel really good. Several female humans cried and said I was so cute. One lady held me for so long and said, "I just needed this and thanked me." Another female human got on the floor with me and held me tight and told me I was like a Teddy Bear. I wanted to tell her Teddy Bears are not this cute and they are not this soft and fluffy; yet the lady smelled so nice and was soft herself, so we just cuddled.
My favorite was all the little Humans that petted me so nice and held me. One blind little human came up and ran her hands all over my face and then held me; she did the same to my Daddy's face and held him and then she said to her Mommy, "They both are furry." The little girls Mommy cried and thanked me. That little human was so sweet and her hands were soft.
Please remember I will be at the Dispatch Home and Garden Show on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please come down and see me, Mo and Maggie (Mo and Maggie are the lawn robots friends; they are the stars of the booth ) in the Autmow Booth next to the front door. My Mommy and Daddy tell people all about my robot friends and how they help older humans and humans with body part problems stay in their homes. Human Mommies and Daddies are like that and they care for everyone.
I hope to see you guys soon,
Karen Smith is the owner of SunnySide Training Center for dogs with her daughter Megan. I know most of my furry friends do not need a trainer, but your human friends do. You see Karen and Megan really teach your Mommy and Daddy's how to act in the ring when we do our own thing. They also have a Club for all the Therapy Dog International dogs and Big Mike is one of the officers. I like big Mike, but I love his furry friend Anna. She is so sweet and cute.
Karen and Megan are really good and they have the best treats in town. I love Karen, Megan and big Mike.
This is my classmate Anna and Big Mike. I do not know if you feel the same, but my heart is racing and my tail is keeping time on the floor thinking of my friend Anna.