Furry Farewell August 11, 2011Posted by macethedog in Mace.
Tags: canine companions for independence, cci, dog, Mace, service dog
It’s time for me to say goodbye. I will be going on to the next phase of my training, on Friday Aug 12th. Thank you all for helping with my training so far. It’s been very important to have all the interaction (petting) that I have had in the past 18 months. I have learned to sit or stand quietly while letting kids pet me (OK…sometimes hug me or strangle me but that’s alright). I have learned not to lick the little kids, no matter how good their faces or hands smell. It’s really been a lot of fun to have all the kids read me stories; I think that has been the best part. I got to put my head in their laps and snuggle up to them and hear great stories. It’s been a lot of fun to be able to come to work with my mom. I’m going to miss her. We have had some great adventures. We went hiking in Virginia (don’t ask me about the ticks…ouch). We drove to NC and FL to visit family and then rode home in a big plane! I didn’t have much room on the floor, but I did great. In fact, I have heard (while I was spying) that I was the best puppy she has every raised, that I did everything great! Now I hear that I’m going to have to really work hard, if I want to have a career as a service dog. I hear that I will be in training for 6-9 months with the best trainers. I will be taught to open any doors (refrigerators included…yum, yum) and pick up anything off the floors, on command. I can’t surf the floors looking for goodies though. I will really have to be on my best behavior, if I want to graduate and make my mom proud of me.
I have to tell you about my replacement puppy; her name is Saleena. She is my half sister (we have the same 4-legged mom), but let me tell you, she isn’t anything like me! My 2-legged mom will have her work cut out for her with that golden airhead. She has way more energy than I have, but mom is a great trainer and I know she will show her the proper way to behave. I know you will all help her to train Saleena to be a great dog like I am.
I love you all and will miss you,
I Dream In Color March 28, 2011Posted by macethedog in Mace, Programs, Steele, Youth Services.
Tags: dog, Mace, programs, youth services
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It’s been a while since I have been able to write. Mom has been keeping me busy and away from the computer. I think she is afraid that I will drool on the keys. I finished my Doggy Tales program at Horseheads and am missing all of those kids reading to me, but on Thursday April 7th, you can come to the Steele Memorial Library at 3:30 and read to me. I can’t wait!!! Please!! Please come and read to me! I love to have little kids pet me and lay on me. Let’s face it, spying in the library isn’t a very busy life. I really just do a lot of sleeping in the library, but you can wake me up and ask if you can pet me. When I’m at the circulation desk, no one knows that I’m under the desk sleeping until they look into the hole where the cords go and see me under there. Usually they are surprised to see a dog in the library. But I’m a special dog!!! Mom likes to fool the kids by saying “How do you think he got down that small hole?”.
Come see me on the 7th!!
Paws For Books February 11, 2011Posted by macethedog in Horseheads, Mace, Programs, Steele.
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Mace “the spy” here, reporting on what’s happening at the library. I’m a very busy dog. Besides “the spy” business, I have my own program and its called Doggy Tales. I have the cutest kids bring a book and they read to me. Come visit me at the Horseheads Free Library on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and read me a story! I get lots and lots of petting. All I have to do is lay there and listen. They sometimes use me as a pillow. They sure read me the best stories too. I heard all about Fly Guy. Can you imagine having a fly for a pet? I have a cat as a pet—his name is Snickers. That’s a little strange don’t you think? What kind of pets do you have? Does anyone have a fly as a pet? They read me a book called “Green Eggs and Ham”. OK who has green eggs and would you eat them? I would because I like to eat.
I found out the Steele Memorial Library has a program called Toddler Story Hour for kids from 18 months old until they are 3 yrs old, on Fridays at 10:00am. Well I’m 14 months old but I look big for my age so thought I would check it out. That’s what spies do you know, sneak into places. Well, it was a lot of fun. Miss Janet read us stories and we got up and danced. OK I’m not a very good dancer but I wiggle a lot and prance around.
The next time you are at the Steele Memorial Library, look for me at the circulation desk. If you ask you can pet me, I love to be petted. Sometimes I have my head under the door watching everybody leave with their books so don’t be startled.
Dog Days January 25, 2011Posted by macethedog in Mace.
Tags: dog, Mace
It’s finally happened!! Mom is putting me to work. But first let me introduce myself. My name is Mace and I’m a 13-month-old golden-lab dog. I’m in training to be a service dog some day. My 2-footed mom has had the job of socializing me and teaching me about 30 commands for the last year. She will continue to teach me until August when she will return me to CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) where I will have to go to school for 6-9 months. I have had a pretty easy first year, with a lot of sleeping and just hanging out at the library. But that is changing. Mom explained to me tonight that I will be expected to write a blog for the library. Does anyone know what a blog is? I think that instead of sleeping all day, I’m expected to write about what happens at the library. Maybe I’m expected to be a spy. Wow!! That sounds like fun. I bet I could find out a lot of information. People talk around me all the time because I’m always sleeping but now I will only pretend to be asleep. First, I will have to learn how to type though. I’m not sure my big paws can push down on those little keys. They do offer computer classes at the library upstairs, for people that would like to learn about computers. Do you think they will accept me as a student? If I’m going to “spy” I will have to find out what other programs are going on at the library and check them out. Stay tuned, I will let you know next week what I find out.