Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Assignment!

I am so excited and NERVOUS!  I am off to a new adventure!  My new trainer is Ms. Hingtgen and Chloe!  I am not sure Chloe will train me in the same way that Ms. Hingtgen will.... but I am pretty sure this new dog friend has some rules for me to follow!

Ms. Hingtgen is a pro!  She just finished training Ava for Paws & Effect.  Ava graduated in March and was placed with her new raiser.  I will be try to be a great house guest but you know me... I'm a crazy pup.  I am so excited that I have a fellow canine companion.  Leaving the Aldridge household was a little nervous to my tummy but I am excited too. 

I went to 4Paws Unleashed for doggy daycare and boy was I wiped out!  I played a lot with new friends and when I got home to Ms. Hingtgen and Chloe all I could do was sleep!  (I am pretty sure they were relieved by that!)

One of the times I WAS NOT asleep was my annual visit to the vet....

It is extremely important to keep your eyes on those doctors!  They are awesome at Jordan Creek Animal Hospital but invariably.... they poke me with something and look at my body all over.  I do like the treats they give me at the end!

I'm looking forward to sharing my next adventure chapter with you!  I know it will be very exciting as Ms. Hingtgen teaches me all of the things she showed Ava.  I am aspiring to be as great a Graduate as she was. 

Here is a picture of Ava and her group of fellow graduates and Soldiers:

This is going to be an exciting trip!  You know I will be nothing if not entertaining to my new adventure!

Oscar 2013 April and May

Love and Jumps,

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!