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Week 11IMG_6412

This week is why we like a few weeks of ‘same old, same old.’  Busy, but good.  Bella turned 5 months old on Wednesday and is still growing nicely.  Almost 42 pounds (on ‘weigh-in Wednesday’).

Last week, I mentioned that one way I can tell she’s growing up is that she doesn’t immediately go to sleep when she’s in the truck.  In the picture to the right, you can see that she’s very focused on whatever was happening at the gas station outside her window.  That awareness of her surroundings while in the truck is new.


Along with the obligatory store visits, Bella went with me to the doctors where she was great.  The girls who work there met her in her first week at only 11 weeks old.  They were amazed at how much she’d grown!  Dr. Z was impressed with her obedience.  🙂

At the doctor’s office!
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She’s grown enough that I graduated her to the big crate over the weekend.  Unfortunately, the change wasn’t as seamless as I’d hoped because the crate wouldn’t fit where her first crate was located.  So, not only a new crate but a new crate in a new location.

After it was setup and I realize she did not want to get into it, I had Midget go in to show her that it was ok.  Hmmm.  That didn’t do any good at all.  Then I remembered when Macho got is new big crate and what Kristen did….

Yep!  I crawled in the crate and called her to me.  Showed her the IMG_6476new crate was nothing to be afraid of and that she had a lot more room.  (Afterall, we both fit!)







As you can see, she has a lot of room to stretch out, and we were successful in getting her in there!  She still runs to where her old crate was for meal time, but I’m sure after a few days she’ll go right to the new crate.









On Tuesday, 7/12, we had the pleasure of being at Pusser’s Bar and Grill in Ponte Vedra Beach for a K9s For Warriors fundraiser with Bryan Hayes.

I figured out quickly (after reading about him and then talking to him) that Bryan doing this fundraiser for KFW was a perfect fit.  Bryan made sure to come over to meet Bella and talk to me on one of his breaks.  He has Labradors on his farm outside of Memphis, his band is called “The Retrievers”  and label is Retriever Records.  The other side of the coin is that Bryan spent most of 2009 and 2010 in Iraq.


From his website:”As many of you know, The Retrievers & I are passionate about giving back to our nation’s service members – the few who fight to protect the freedom of this great country. Often times many of these inspiring individuals come home with wounds you can and can’t see, like a missing limb, combat stress, or depression. Because they’ve risked everything for us, we’re committed to raising awareness and funds for these wounded service members and their caregivers. We are proud to host & participate in events benefiting an organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. ”


Listen to his song about being a soldier.  At the end, he talks about the war never leaving him.     Soldier’s Prayer

A few photos of the pups that night at Pusser’s.  Click on the photo to enlarge and view the slide show.  (Bella with Delaney.  Bella and her buddy, Rocco.  One of our warriors with his service dog.)



The Big Red Train

Parking space at their Old Sugar Mill station

On Saturday, 7/16, our puppy raisers group were treated to a ride on Ripley’s Red Train thanks to our adviser, Barbara, going down to inquire about discounted ticket.  Little did she know that they were going to tell her “No, we won’t give you discounted tickets.  We’ll donate the train ride to K9s For Warriors!”  How cool is that?!?!?!!!

News 4 Jax had this article about our train ride.  Their writer says it much better than I.  (But you might recognize the photo from a previous blog….)

Ripley’s Red Train Tours Hosts K9s For Warriors Puppies

All of our puppies did great!  What a wonderful way to have them experience different sights, sounds, movement, etc.



While on the train, we experienced something I’d not seen before.  The lowering of our American flag to half mast on a large public flag pole.  It takes a fire fighter and a ladder truck!



Enjoy the photos from our ride on the Big Red Train!  Click on the first photo to go through the slide show.  Captions are to the right (or hover over the image).

Inside the Train Station


Macho in the conductor’s seat.
(Photo by Kristen, Macho’s Momma!)



Baby Tango looking back at the TV camera



Baby Tango and his momma getting on the train.
No, this photo wasn’t staged even though with the corner of the KFW banner, it looks like it might have been!
Beautiful photo by Christina Kelso with



My Train Photos


Photos take by Christina Kelso from
She really captured some wonderful emotions! photos


Ripley’s Red Trains Tours hosted K9s for Warriors onboard the Red Train on Saturday July 16, 2016. As part of their training to become service animals for military veterans, 10 puppies less than one-year-old boarded the train with 20 K9s for Warriors puppy raisers for a 30-minute tour of downtown. K9s for Warriors is a nonprofit organization which works to provide post 9/11 military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or sexual trauma as a result of military service with service dogs to assist them in civilian life. Ninety-five percent of the dogs raised by K9s for Warriors are rescues, as the organization hopes to give both the animals and veterans “a new leash on life.”by:


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