Bella’s training took a different turn this week as she is now accompanying me to physical therapy. While I certainly wish I weren’t there, it’s great for her because she may be doing something like this with her warrior. The staff at Select Physical Therapy are great, but they say it’s so hard to ignore Bella. They understand, though, that they’re helping with her journey to be a service dog. At the end of each session, I take her vest off and tell her to “make a friend” so they can get their Bella loving!
After getting bonked on the head a couple times by the recumbent bike pedal, she finally laid down to wait.
She carefully watches the range of motion work to make sure I was doing it correctly.
Her favorite part of my physical therapy is the icing at the end. She thinks it’s her job to comfort me by laying on top of me.
In the first pic, she was watching another patient doing his shoulder exercises.
Then she settles down for a nap.
Puppy Classes at Camp K9
Twice a month we go down to Camp K9 in Nocatee for our class with Kathy, our K9s For Warriors advisor. To be completely honest, I’m always nervous before the classes. I want Bella to do so well, but she still is a puppy and impulse control is not her strongest attribute. Last Saturday, 5 of the older pups (8 months and older) were together, and it was demo time. Walk on a heel, sit, turn …. sort of like a cat walk for dogs. Fortunately, Bella did great in that exercise. Big sigh of relief. She’s so freaking smart and so loving that she really just wants to play and love people. But she also has a sensitivity and sweetness that will make her a great battle buddy for one of our veterans. She’s getting there with her training, and her time with me is coming to an end. Soon, she’ll be ready to start her next phase preparing her for that most important job!
K9s For Warriors is all decked out for the holidays. Sweet Bella did let me get a couple of photos of her in front of the decorations outside the clubhouse.
Updates from K9s For Warriors
Now, how freaking cool is this?!?!?!!!!!!! Give Hope to Challenged Vets
K9s For Warriors was deemed a “Top-Rated Charity that Keeps Giving All Year Long” by Parade Magazine! (The link above takes you to the article that lists that top 23 charities in the nation!)
Ponte Vedra, December 12, 2016 – K9s For Warriors today announced it has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its effort of saving dogs in the fight to end veteran suicide.
90% of our service dogs are rescues. Many escaped euthanasia. Some overcame neglect. But no matter what, they rise above to serve!
These veterans are staff at K9s for Warriors!
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Check out Battle Buddies, a book written about three service dogs in our program. This inspirational story is great for children!
‘Tis the season of giving. Consider a donation to K9s For Warriors this holiday season. Visit here to see how you can help!