Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

I (and my litter mates the Phonetic Alphabets) are officially one year old!  Everyone thinks we are so much older because we have grown so much in this year.  Here is a picture of me when I first when home with my humans and a picture of me today:

See how much I've grown?  Look at all of us together!
The Phonetic Alphabet Litter at our birthday party
Mrs. Aldridge and I at my party at The IMT Group

I am working on my mobility training.  At times when a Soldier is serving his/her country they get hurt.  When they return home it is often difficult for them to bend over, move around or pick things up.  That is where we Service Dogs come in!  We help with mobility issues.  Our Battle Buddy could also be in a wheel chair.  We learn to open doors, turn on lights, open refrigerators (Mrs. Aldridge said she isn't going to teach me this one yet because I like food too much and she is afraid I will help myself to the BUTTER!). 
I have been working on retrieving any item that Mrs. Aldridge points to with two fingers.  Sometimes I try to play with it a little, or I drop it at her feet.  She points again and asks me to pick it up and hand it to her.  She praised me so much the other day because it only took a very short while for me to quit goofing off and hand items to her.  She said this will be particularly helpful to my Veteran.  I am eager to pick up keys, shoes (no nibbling!) and other items they might need.
I do confess I have difficulty with newspaper.  I do love to shred things!

See me in more photos!

Month 11

Month 12

Happy Birthday

Love and Licks!

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