“Today is your day! You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.” Right, so definitely not shoes. Many thanks anyway to Dr. Suess for the fun segue. (Notice that rhymes. Dr. Suess would be proud, don’t ya think?)
Micron is five months old and we are so outta here. We got things to do and people to see. He has earned his big boy cape. Because he is only five months, we start off pretty slow with quick in and out trips to the local places. During Inga’s puppy raising we found certain businesses around town that were supportive of CCI, so we hit those first. Grabbing a latte at the Starbucks kiosk in Kroger was our first stop. Grande vanilla, nonfat with cinnamon sprinkles, in case you felt the need to know. And of course, the Northmont Library where they still don’t know my name, but remember Inga’s. The Wendy’s around the corner is a good stop too.
We did have an interesting thing happen last week that I wanted to share. Micron and I met my mom (Hi Mom!) for lunch at K’s Restaurant in Brookville. K’s is another wonderful supporter of CCI. You ever really notice the floors at restaurants? Sit down with a dog and you will. I love K’s spotless carpet. Anyway, as we walked past a table we heard a growl. “Dang, was that somebody’s stomach?” was my first horrified thought. But when the barking started from two tables down we saw a service dog under the table. I want to be clear right now that this was not a CCI dog. Micron handled things like a pro. He looked at the dog, looked at me (“play?”), and was given a Down command. Which he did, much to my pride and relief. How utterly and completely perfect of him. As the handler could not get their service dog to settle, Mom, Micron and I moved to another table out of line of sight so they could enjoy their lunch in peace. The moral of this story is this is exactly why CCI demands so much of their service dogs. These dogs must be solid in every situation, regardless of distractions. At five months, I’d say Micron is off to a very good start.
On to another topic, here’s a fun side trip. Micron’s brother, Mars, has a blog on the 7 News Denver Channel website. It’s written from the pup’s point of view and is very clever indeed. Being a widely read blog in Denver, it’s a wonderful way to raise awareness of CCI. Mars had received an email from Micron and here he tells his puppy raiser about it: Mars.
One more bit of bragging them I’m done here.We just finished puppy classes at Dayton Dog Training. At the end of the course, an evaluator tests the pups for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. I’m so proud that Micron is now a card carrying S.T.A.R. dog. He, however, is very humble about the whole thing and only wants to eat the medal.
Doesn't he look handsome in his “big boy” cape? There are a couple of CCI hearing assistance dogs here in my area. I “run into” them from time to time. The last picture could be a postcard. So cute!