Oh, it has been way to long since our last update! Almost a year!! My computer crashed and I got way behind in everything! We’re back in business! A quick update…Maggie is weighing in about 54 pounds, stands about 2 feet, and is lovable as ever! What has she learned…sit, down, stand, stay, come, lap (puts her paws across our lap), go to bed (very convenient), kennel (goes to, and into her crate), back, under (goes under a chair or table when we are eating), visit (puts head on our knee), and has begun to learn “heel”. She has learned to go up and down stairways with us one step at a time, a very important skill for her future work with the disabled. She really enjoys her time chasing her ball (which we refer to as play/retrieve). She has learned to “give” when she returns with her ball/toy. This gives her much needed exercise and trains her for retrieving objects for her “Partner” in the future. Finally, she learns to release the object (“give”) when she returns with it. All of this she does well.
Maggie has taken to horses! She loves horses…I guess she thinks they are giant dogs. She will go nose-to-nose with them, and then runs like crazy to try to get them to chase her (which never happens). It is a real treat to watch this. Fortunately, we have a friend that has horses that are used to having dogs around them, so they are very gentle with her.
Enjoy the pictures, and I promise I will keep the blog more current. Maggie is now 16 months old, and starts her “advanced” training on Monday, March 4th. That means 5 days per week in training, and we get her on weekends. That’s a 8 month process…then GRADUATION, and we say good-bye to Maggie forever. But she will change someones life forever with her service.