Hello again. I hope your week has been as pawsome as mine!
Last week I was talking about the first day that I went to big dog college to
learn about searching for explosives. It was a really fun day. It feels so good
when you get to take the action steps you need to make your dreams come
Gemma loaded me into the car on the second day, and I was sensible
enough to stay nice and relaxed on the way there. Finding my ball is
important to me, and Gemma told me that we had a busy day ahead so I decided
to conserve my energy until then.
Before we start searching, we go for a run around somewhere. Some dogs
like to embarrass their handlers by going to the toilet indoors. Cheeky aren’t
they? I wouldn’t like to embarrass myself by doing that, but there are some
dogs who definitely find it funny!
On this day, we were inside a big industrial unit with shiny floors, noisy roller
shutter doors, and stairs with holes in them. I was quite used to all the farm noises
but this was quite different so it took me a little while to get used to it. Gemma
showed me how to have some fun, and she showed me how to not be afraid
of these things. As soon as she told me my ball was somewhere upstairs, I
decided that I’d have to ignore the stairs with holes, and just go for it. When
you think about it, it’s quite clever to be able to overcome fears and
I think Gemma must have been tired or something because she was going
slowly up the stairs, so I decided to help her out by pulling her up behind me.
I was really keen to make sure that no one else got to the ball before me. Not
that it’s a competition or anything of course. I did find the ball, and what was even more exciting is that there were two balls hidden.
As soon as I found the first ball, I was asked if I’d like to find the other one too. I had to run all the way to the end of the warehouse by myself. I had to pull up my big brave pants for that one, but I did it!
A bit later in the day, the instructor decided it was time for me to start to
learn the first type of explosive. I had great fun with that game. Every time I
put my nose on the pot, my ball appeared. I could have played that game for
hours but we had to go home because it was getting late. Boring!!
But I did enjoy my run around the farm when I got home and had a nice
swim in the paddling pool to cool off. I love swimming and splashing around
in the water. Gemma says that the paddling pool is a much better option
than a dirty and smelly muddy puddle.
I don’t know what she means...