Hi Friends –
I know I haven’t posted in awhile. Things just seem to be moving at a speed that’s even hard for me to keep up with, and you know how fast a Dane is right? I’m sure you’ve heard that we are getting ready to drive to Oklahoma. I’m tail-wag happy that I get to meet Mom’s family. She is an amazing woman so I have no doubt those that raised her are as well. Mom says I’m going to get to meet a lot of people and some new animal friends. Dad and I can’t wait to see what lies between New England and Oklahoma. I am so excited that I’ll get to share this with all of you. I know it’s going to be bark-tastic, but that’s looking ahead and you want to know what this secret service Dane has been up to, so let’s get to that.
The past week has been filled with mostly boring routines. Dad and I have been in the office all this week so I’ve been napping most of the time. I’m sure I told you that we’ve been working on my stairs; that is going well and I’m getting much better at not taking several stairs at a time. This is good because when I first saw a full flight of stairs I wanted to take two or three at a time going up. (At home I can take 4 at a time when I race upstairs with the human puppies!) The down was more of a controlled fall according to Dad, and trust me he knows a controlled crash when he sees one. Dad says when he was a puppy his physical therapists specifically taught the art of crashing into the floor and how to do it with crutches and other items either on you or near you without breaking body parts. He must be a black-belt because he has never broken anything; unless you count his head, that’s been stitched several times, and may explain a few things for those of you who have met him in person. (Don’t worry we can joke since we’re a team.) We’ve been doing better on our walks. Dad is less anxious about me doing or not doing things and I’m figuring out that other dogs don’t always want to meet me, easpecially not when I pull and bark. I still pay attention but I’m quicker to get back to task these days. I’m even doing better with the fuzzy basement monsters, well at least when they are behind the cat gate. I’ve met them nose to nose and stayed calm for longer than I used to. Mom and Dad say good-boy. It can be hard not to lean over the gate and try to fit one in my mouth, though. One day soon I may even try not chasing after them when they are out and about the house, but it’s hard when they run. One day…one day.
Dad has been telling Mom how well I’m doing at the gym too. I’m getting used to all the strange movements but I really don’t like the partner assisted stretch, it looks like Miss Jessica is going to hurt him so I always get in the middle. Dad always tells me calmly that he’s okay so I’m starting to believe him and trying to stay in my down-stay.
Last night our friend Claire came over for a visit. She’s going to look in on the basement monsters while we go on vacation. I was so glad to see her again. She was impressed with how calm I was at home. The first time we met, you may remember, was at her house after my Vet visit. That day I was super excited because she has a cute furry bunny in a cage that I wanted to play with. I was glad to show her a new side.
I need to run off and get back to looking after Dad, so please keep your tails wagging and your barks friendly until we meet next.
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Casper, my boy, you are doing very well. You are a quick study and before you know it, nothing will distract you. I saw you on a video today when all of you Chuppies were just little pups and out for your first run. Mama Chaos was checking on each and every one of you; she seemed so anxious that you were all running about, but you were all so cute. Brought back some great memories (some of the ladies were even in tears!) Not me, just made me happy, and I get to see you almost every day and read about your adventures. Looking forward to hear all about your trip to Nana’s. Have fun! Love you, buddy! ❤
Glad you are doing so good Casper. Just love hearing about your adventures. Cannot wait to hear about you trip to OK.
what a good boy Casper. I enjoyed your trials and tribulations and you are doing very well and being a good boy. I bet your mom and dad are very happy with your growth as a service dog and member of the family. We cannot wait to hear about your drive to OK and all the new people you will meet. I am sure Mom’s family will love you just the way you are. You keep your dad safe and have a good time Love you Casper, you are a fantastic Dane secret service dog.
Oh, Casper, you are such a character. I am amazed at how much and how quickly you are learning and not even a year old yet. You and Dan both picked winners to bond with. Enjoy your vacation trip and all the new things to see and do along with people to meet ….. and impress. Look forward to reports on your new adventures. Take care of your family and be safe.