16 weeks old …. 26.2 lbs…. 18 inches
Ulysses had a busy week, though most outings were short and/or quiet so as to not overwhelm a young pup. I’ll tell ya, he’s chill little dude.
He made his first trip into Julie’s for my weekly breakfast sandwich. Maged had to come out and “make a friend.” Even with the smells, he behaved well.
He was his usual self at physical therapy, even laying on my feet again while I (tried) to do toe curls. I decided for the last set to do toe curls on his back, giving him a bit of a puppy massage.
Though not of legal age, he visited a bar for the first time. We had the pleasure of attending Delaney’s Graduation / Fund Raiser at Culhane’s. Mary reported that $1625 was raised for K9s For Warriors that night, more than 3x her goal. It was fun talking with folks about the program. Ulysses also met his first dog outside of my home. Understandably, he wanted to go play with Hero (but he can’t be around other dogs until after his next set of shots). He did bark a few times at Hero, but all in all, it wasn’t bad.
I took him with me for a night of dinner and a show, and … this is beginning to sound like a broken record … he did fine. He was interested in crumbs on the floor at Outback, but didn’t fight me hard. Fell asleep at my feet staring at the crumb I wouldn’t let him have. Keeping his nose off the ground and getting him to walk quicker when leaving was the hardest.
After Outback, we went to a live show presented by The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company. At this point, I’m not worried about taking him anywhere. Not sure if my friends were concerned that he was there as the actors were told there was a dog in the audience. They did give me warning that there was a gun shot in the show…. he didn’t even wake up! The show, while absolutely phenomenal, was not uplifting. Ulysses got to make a lot of friends afterwards as folks found some comfort in petting the puppy.
As I rolled my calendar over to March, I saw that life doesn’t look to be slowing down.
I had the privilege of helping out at the K9s For Warriors table at the Scottish Highland Games held at the Clay County Fair Grounds. It was fun talking to folks about what K9s For Warriors does for our veterans, how the program works, how we raise the puppies, etc.
Charlie, one of the early graduates, was there with his service dog, Slider, and his wife, Carol. He was great with people; answered so many questions about Slider. Not sure how much the donations totaled, but I know we did a lot of talking.
This photo to the right is my favorite from the day. This little girl wanted to touch Slider, then kissed him before her Dad stood her back up.
More photos from the day. Click on the photo to see it larger in a separate window/tab.
2 other photos of Charlie, Slider and the little girl with her dad.
This disabled young man finally felt comfortable reaching out to Slider.
The little girl in pink was deaf. With the encouragement of her family, she finally gave Slider a treat.
Our table and my fellow volunteers.
From Camp K9 and Around the Web
In the last year, I’ve often said that if you want to blame someone for me being involved with K9s For Warriors, blame Kristen. That’s a blame she’s willing to take. (Yes, I know “credit” is a better work but “blame” is more fun.)
I met Kristen a little over 4 years ago while helping dogs learn to dock dive. We had mutual friends in the ‘dog world’ and were involved in similar activities with the pups. I listened to her talk about what she did for K9s for Warriors and knew that it was something I wanted to do. She continues to be an inspiration and a help. It was wonderful to see K9s for Warriors recognize her on their Facebook page.
Meet Kristen. She is one of our most dedicated volunteers. She is pictured here with one of the service dogs she raised (Chief) and his warrior. Kristen has fostered 10 dogs for K9s For Warriors! We are so thankful for Kristen and all of our volunteers.
Today was filled with public access training! You may have seen them around town!
Did you know: a dog needs to drink about an ounce of water for every pound of weight, daily. We teach our warriors to keep their dogs healthy and hydrated.
We are so Proud of one of our early graduates, Captain Jack Capra and his service dog ROCCO. Jack is a JAG officer (ret), Purple Heart, has multiple Masters Degrees, and inches away from getting his PHD. Jack continues to serve his Community helping More Veterans. You may have seen him on FOX news last night special from our home town discussing Immigration. (BTW-his Grandfather was the famous Frank Capra producer and director – It’s a wonderful life). Thanks Captain Jack for all you do.
Our warriors venture out to busy public places during their training. Learning to utilize their service dogs in real life scenarios is a key practice of our program!
The class is taking their final exam; public access and obedience without assistance from our Warrior Trainers. The guys met a little girl celebrating her 5th birthday, and as a sweet gesture she was invited to “make a friend” with all of the dogs.
Scott and Whiskey recently came to visit, and they are doing well! Click here to see how you can help a warrior-dog team just like them!
The research team from Purdue University and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute is on campus this week to study the efficacy of our service dog programs. Our Chief Operating Officer, Jason, is getting a hands-on lesson. We’re excited to share more once this peer-reviewed study is published!
Staff spotlight: Barb is a dog trainer at K9s. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She loves the Cornhuskers and Steelers. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, cooking out, and fishing. We love having Barb on our team!
Click on the link below to watch the graduation video!
Video and Articles about the Honda Classic and their donation and work for K9s For Warriors
After six years of angst, Warren discovered K9s For Warriors, a nonprofit organization that rescues and trains service dogs, then matches them with veterans living with PTSD, TBI or other trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Warren graduated the program with Goose, a new battle buddy who helped mend his broken spirit and reunite his family.
Race and Walk For Warriors Promos
… In 2017, organizers hope for more sponsors and entrants than ever. The minimum goal for this year is $200,000, though Chad Layman is hoping to raise $275,000 and have 1,500 people participate in the race. “K9’s For Warriors is truly saving lives,” says Chad Layman. “I am extremely honored to be helping them.”