A big hello from your buddy, George!

It seems so long ago that I wrote my last letter. I hope you’re keeping well with all this COVID-stuff over the past few months.

First off, I’m happy to report the Training Manager says I’ve been doing ‘fantastic’ in the PTSD Service Dog Advanced Training program.
I’m loving it! I’ve been very successful learning all the PTSD Service Dog tasks needed to advance towards working with a Veteran or First Responder living with an Operational Stress Injury (OSI) like Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD).
One of these important tasks is “Chin”. It’s really helpful because it helps encourage being grounded when I put my chin on a person’s lap and apply pressure. I’m an expert demonstrating this with recipients who attend our program information sessions.

Face to face training was put on hold for the past few months, but I still practiced weekly with virtual online training. Now, we’re just starting back with very small group training sessions outside. Boy, am I looking forward to being with my buddies once again. The Training Manager says I’m EXCELLENT with my obedience, very gentle, and loving.

Thank you to my Puppy Raisers, Boarders and the terrific folks at BC & Alberta Guide Dogs and VICD Service Dogs. With all your support, I hope to be graduating soon. Paws crossed that once training gets back to ‘normal’, and client programs commence again, I will be able to share good news with you.

In the meantime, you can find me out on the beach strolling with my Boarders and practicing social distancing at grocery stores and other public places. Maybe I’ll even get to go camping soon!

If you see me on my walks don’t forget to ask if I can “shake a paw”. Everyone loves my “shake a paw” because it makes them smile and feel happy inside.

Sounds like that COVID-guy is on the run and things are getting a little easier for people to meet in small groups. I’m up for that. I just love to be around lots of people. Don’t worry. Everything is going to be ok.

Thanks so much for cheering me on. I promise to write soon!

Love and tail-wags, George