GOLDEN CHAPTER 3
It's Buddy . . . I'm back! Oh boy, oh boy, oh, boy, I've
had another great week and can hardly wait to tell you all about it! This week started out
with me getting to spend more time in the house with Mary and Butch. I was really good
this time, I didn't even have one little accident. :)
Let me tell you about the Haunted House Party. This house
thing is pretty big and overwhelming for a little guy like me. There's all this stuff just
waiting to attack me. For instance, the stuffed Teddy Bear that sits on a corner table . .
. I just know he growled at me! And then there was this big
Golden Retriever-eating plant that kept watching me wherever I went . . . Eek! It was about that time that Mary invited me
to have a "haunted house party." Hey wait, parties are supposed to be fun . . .
We marched around the house while Mary opened and closed
squeaky doors, turned radios on and off, turned the volume on the TV up and down, slammed
cupboard doors, flushed those big water dishes, and banged pot and pan lids together all
the while yelling and talking really loud. I'm not sure, but between you and me, I think
she's been into my drugs. It's obvious to me now why they don't have many neighbors around
their house, they'd all be wondering what those crazy MacQueens were up to this time! You
know what, that haunted house party really was fun! It was like
going to a parade! Every time I wagged my tail and checked things out, I got a biscuit.
Wow, houses are cool!
Later that night, I got to lay on the floor in the living room with Mary and chew a nice
big rawhide bone. She kept taking it out of my mouth and giving it back just to see how I
would handle that. She obviously doesn't know what a real gentleman I am. I love to share
with her, she's my new bestest friend now. Please kids: don't ever try this with a new dog
cause it can be very dangerous, I just happen to be an exceptionally nice little boy . . .
and humble too!
After I ate some of my bone, Butch took me out to go potty before bed. Now don't laugh at
me, I really didn't want to tell you all this, but Mary and Butch said I have to face up
to my fears. So here goes. I'm just a little bit afraid of the dark. :( Stop making fun of me you guys! It can be scary out there
beyond the lights when you're in a new place you don't really know yet. Anyway, Butch was
really gentle and walked me all around the yard to let me explore. It wasn't so bad after
all, and nuthin even ate me! That night, I got to stay in a crate in the
living room so I could get used to things more. I was really good and didn't even cry at
all. I am liking my new adventure more and more every day!
This week's training was really fun. My obedience is really coming along and Mary says I'm
a perfect little gentleman on a leash now. Not that I need one mind you, I just like to
show off how good Mary is doing when I take her for walks.
My drug detection work is really coming along. Uncle Steve hid real cocaine, heroin, and
marijuana in boxes and suitcases this week and I found all of it. Sometimes it was even up
high off the floor. The heroin was the easiest for me to find, but Steve says I'll be
excelling at all of it in no time at all. Whenever I made the find and scratched this
week, my towel came flying down from the sky in front of me instead of being in the box or
suitcase. They didn't want to take any chances on me being sick from getting into
those nasty drugs. Speaking of which, did you know that uncle Steve has a special first
aid kit in case any of us drug dogs did get into the drugs by accident? He's pretty cool,
he thinks of everything!
By the way, Steve and I have this really cool game we play. He teases me with my towel and
gets me to tug on it while he sits in his wheeled desk chair. Then I get to pull him all
around the room! It's really neat and it doesn't scare me a bit!
Thursday we all got to go to the Kane, PA Police Dept. and play with a real honest to
goodness drug detection dog named Shadow. He's my hero. He can find drugs no matter where
they hide them. When I grow up, I wanna be just like Shadow!
While we were there, they hid either real drugs or my special towel in
various places in the maintenance garage, and I had to go find them. It was really fun. I
found some in a cupboard, under some stairs, and in a locker. Scratch, scratch, scratch,
in comes the flying towel! They can't fool me!
On Sunday, I got to go and train with Kinzua Search Dogs, my step brother and sisters
(Badger Willow and Peach's) search team. We stayed out all day in the early sun and the
afternoon pouring rain. It was really fun cause we got to get all muddy and messy! I got
to do tracking work with "Zeb" the Bloodhound (What's with all that flying
slobber anyway?), and did really good! I was laughing at my new friend Zeb cause he makes
really funny noises when he tracks. Mary was calling him "Mr. Snuffle-up-agus!"
When I did my track, Heather (Zeb's handler) said all she could see was the hot dog pieces
on the ground flying by. I was so excited about tracking I hardly even stopped to eat any,
just zoomed and followed the track to the end! I really like tracking for people, it's
After training on Sunday we stopped at the local beaver pond to go swimming
and rinse off. Something really scary happened. Mary and Butch let all four of us Goldens
out of the truck and threw the Frisbee in the water. Willow, Badger, Peaches and I all ran
really fast into the water, then it happened . . . The
bottom fell out! There I was running into the biggest puddle I ever saw,
and somebody took the bottom away! I put my head way up and started using my front feet
like big plungers. There was water splashing everywhere and all the sudden, somebody put
the ground back under my feet. Way cool! I swam!
Now I know I died and went to Golden Retriever heaven! Life is good!
By the way, I have my first real "assignment" coming up in May. We have to go
and check cars and stuff for drugs that are supposed to coming into an area near us. I
can't tell you where or when cause it's a secret, and there could be bad guys lurking out
there. I am so excited (and maybe a little nervous)! A real drug search! Me! I hope I can
remember all I learned!
Well, I gotta go for now, I hope you all enjoyed hearing about my antics. I promise to
make you all proud of me someday. Until then, stay Golden.
Love and Sloppy kisses, Yer little
buddy . . . Buddy
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