We are happy to share with you another update letter we received from Dia, our sponsored guide dog!
It’s me, Dia! Happy New Year!
I recently celebrated my first birthday – can you believe I’m a year old already?! I am a growing girl, but still smaller that some of the other pups my age. I don’t mind though – I may be small, but I’m spunky!
I am still enjoying my obedience classes, training and going on new adventures! My favourite part of the day is going to my Puppy Raisers’ daughters’ school. Every morning I wake up bright and early, go outside and ‘get busy’, give my body a wakeup shake, have a bite to eat, and wait patiently to go to school. I ensure my chores are done quickly – especially breakfast – so I don’t make the girls late for school. I can’t wait to be a student! I hope I make the grade when I’m in advanced training!
I’m still top dog with celebrity status at the elementary school. When the bell rings at the end of the school day, streams of children exit their classrooms waving and saying ‘hello Dia!’ I wag my tail to say hello, but save the best tail wagging for my Puppy Raiser’s daughters.
I have made a very good impression on the school faculty and have been invited to go on many field trips. My most memorable one was to Fish Creek Park with the Grade 5 students. It was supposed to be a 5 km walk, but with one wrong turn and a few misguided steps it turned into a 13 km adventure! The teacher and parents were relieved I was there as the students took turns holding onto my leash. I think I was a positive distraction from the children feeling tired from their longer than expected journey. I had a great time though!
I was a special guest for Grade 7 students who are studying animals with jobs. I had an opportunity to practice blindfold walks with some students who were blindfolded and I gently led them around. I was thrilled I could practice my training! They told me I was a very smart girl. At the end I was allowed to have some play time. My special blue training jacket came off, and the students gave me pats and hugs for a job well done!
I have been practicing finding curbs, stairs and doors, and sitting in front of them until I’m told I can proceed. I have also been learning about escalators. I’m learning it is important to stand on the step without leaning against the side as I don’t want to get my fur caught!
Soon I will be travelling to Delta BC to start advanced training. It will be tough to say goodbye to my Puppy Raisers, who have looked after me since I was an 8 week old pup! I sure hope I continue to make them proud.
Thank you for supporting me, and I’ll write again soon.