Dia is the Guide Dog Services puppy that Edgemont Veterinary Clinic is proud to be sponsoring through to her graduation!
We are very excited to hear about her progress!
It’s me, Dia! I am the puppy you are sponsoring to become a life-changing dog. I am excited to be able to write my first puppy update letter to you!
I spent the first couple of months with my Mom, Jacuzzi, my sister, Lois, and brother, Bear. I then travelled by plan to Calgary, Alberta. Not many pups can say they have travelled by plane, this this pup can! I am already a jet-setting pup! I arrived at the Calgary International Airport to a very warm welcome! My Puppy Raiser and her two daughters (aged 9 and 11) were there to meet me. Everyone had a turn giving me a hug before we left the airport. On the car ride home I was snuggled by both girls and fell asleep between them. When we arrived at my home I quickly settled in. I love the attention I receive, and am particularly fond of my belly being rubbed.
In Calgary, I continue to have my puppy check ups and my vaccinations. My Puppy Raiser says I am small in stature, but am full of energy!
I have been learning the ropes of what it takes to be a working dog. My Puppy Raiser and her daughters all participate in my training. I am lucky to have so many people helping me to achieve my training goals! I have been learning commands: ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘down’ and ‘come’. I am also practicing steps and curbs. When I come to a set of steps or curbs, I must always remember to sit and wait for my Puppy Raiser to indicate it is okay for me to proceed. During my training I will need to master this so that I can help a blind or visually impaired person identify these landmarks or make sure a child with autism doesn’t go too far away from his or her parents.
I am also learning to ring a bell when I need to go outside and ‘get busy’ –if you know what I mean!! When I ring the bell, my Puppy Raiser puts on my leash and takes me outside to relieve myself.
I also attend obedience classes every two weeks. I get so excited that my body vibrates with excitement and my tail wags super-fast. I try to control my excitement, but it’s so hard!! It’s really important for me to say hello to my friends, then focus on what I am there to learn. It’s a work in progress! As part of my training, I go shopping, visit friends, attend my Puppy Raiser’s daughter’ activities, and go to various appointments. I also go to work! My Puppy Raiser works full time, and I got the green light to go to work with her and be her assistant! Every day I meet new people and go to really important meetings.
Happy summer to you and your family! And thank you for your support of the Puppy Sponsorship Program and particularly of me!