GOLDEN CHAPTER 7
Hi Every Buddy! Oh boy! I studied
and studied and worked very hard to be really good, and I think I made Mommy real happy!
So much has happened I don't even know where to start. I had one busy social calendar, let
me tell ya! I got to met gazillions of new friends and went on tons of new adventures!
My week started out as usual with lots of training at Steve's every day. We practiced on
all the hard drugs so I will get really good at finding all kinds of that bad stuff.
Marijuana is getting pretty easy, so now we are working on heroin, cocaine, and
methamphetamine. I can really start to find 'em all much easier since I've been studying
real hard. Pretty soon we are going to start looking in cars and real unusual places for them so I can be ready for my
certification testing. (I don't know if I should pass that dumb old test or not cause I
don't wanna have to go away.
My trailing work has been getting much better. We hardly use food at all any more. I'm
doing close to a quarter of a mile at a time, with lots of turns and different areas of
woods, grass, and even a few road crossings! I like these cause I get extra food at the
roads to help me find the way. Now about all my new friends. I think last week I got
petted by no less than 1,500 people. Honest, no lie! My Mommy (and especially my Daddy!)
said it's not good to stretch the truth, so 1,500 might even be an underestimation!
Last Thursday, Steve, his German Shepard
Dog "Holmie," Mommy, and I got to go do a demo at an Elementary School for about
300+ kids. It was my very first demo with Mommy and I was kinda scared. First I had to
stay in the truck while Steve, Mom, and Holmie did some stuff. Holmie got to show the kids
how well trained he is in obedience and drug work. (Holmie is my idol. He's eight years
old and has lots of drug busts to his credit. He even showed the kids how he can do
push-ups! Cool!) Once Holmie did all his good deeds, it was my turn.
Before Mommy took me in to the school, she had to tell the kids all about me so they would
know not to scare me. I can't believe it, she told them everything! I thought they would
all laugh and make fun of me. When I came in the door, I stuck my nose in and
s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d as far as I could without going too far in, to make sure there were no
monsters in there. As soon as I stuck my head in, 300 little voices went "Aawwgghhhh,
he's so cute!" That was it man, I was in there! They didn't even laugh even one
little bit! I loved it! Mommy and Steve told them all about how five weeks ago I wouldn't
even have come in the door, much less be able to show them all I knew.
First I did a little obedience for
them. I did it really wel because I was really focused on Mommy as my security blanket.
After the obedience, I showed them all how good I am at finding drugs. Steve hid a box of
marijuana up on the stage and I had to go find it. They were very proud of me cause I did
so well. Then guess what? All those kids clapped and clapped . . . for me! Awgh shucks!
Once that was done, I showed the kids the only trick I knowed. I can't do push-ups like
Holmie, but I give the bestest hugs in the whole wide world! Mommy kneels down, then I put
my feet on her shoulders and hug and hug and hug!
When I got all done showing my stuff,
the best part happened. Mommy let me walk through all those rows of kids sitting on the
gym floor so they could each pet me! It was a little overwhelming at first, but I stayed
right with Mom and she reassured me. Pretty soon, Mom just sat down right in the middle of
all of 'em with me. Last I saw Mommy, she was somewhere at the bottom of that pile of
kids. :) Me? I was loving every minute of it, wagging my tail and washing lots of little
Then we got up to walk through the
rest of the crowd, and that's it happened. I met my very own special friend. She was a
very pretty little girl in a special chair with wheels under it. She was so cute! I went
right over to her, sat down next to her special chair and put my big paw very gently right
in her lap. Well you shoulda seen her smile! She isn't able to talk to humans, but she
sure told me how wonderful she thought I was! Her teacher got a very special picture right
about the time that she was smiling and trying to pet me. I was petting her at the same time and my smile was just as big. I would love to
have someone like this as my forever friend. We could tell each other all our secrets and
not get laughed at ever!
The next day was Saturday, and we got invited to do a demo for the Golden Retriever Club
of Central New York's "Fun Days" near Cortland, NY. Our new friend Rue Chagoll
invited us, and we had a blast! That club is filled with very nice people. Almost all the
dogs there were rescued from bad home situations to go and live with these nice people.
That sure was nice of them peoples.
Even though the weather Gods were mean to our parents that day, we Goldens thought 32
degree temperatures and SNOW was really fun! I got to do my demonstrations, Steve came
along with and explosives detection dog for a demo, and then we Goldens got to eat cheese
balls! Yup. Mommy entered me in the "Cheese-Ball Glutton" contest (the Golden
that catches the most flying Cheese-Balls wins). Well, I didn't. Mom kept throwing
Cheese-Balls at me and hitting me right between the eyes! I kept trying to keep my eye on
the ball, but I ended up getting cross-eyed! After getting hit with about fifteen of them,
I decided the best defense is a good offense, so I opened my mouth! Now
I Get It!! Here I thought
that Mommy was still mad at me cause she was throwing things at me. Well, I ended up
catching a mere two when the time was up,
and nobody would believe my story that I didn't know the rules! That's OK though, Uncle
Rue said I could come back next year, and I'm really gonna practice up for that one!
Sunday brought another road trip and adventure. Mommy got invited to be a judge at the
Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Match in Ohio. And guess what? "Judge Mommy"
didn't even send any puppies to jail! There sure were some beautiful little Golden babies there.And guess what else? All the winners got really cute little stuffed aminalz to play
with! Maybe some day I could do good enough at a match to win a cute little stuffed
aminal. I wanted to sneak a couple of 'em in the truck when nobody wuz lookin but I didn't
want to take toys away from those cute little puppies!
Mommy took me along to get "socialized."
She let all the show doggy folks go over me after the match so I could get used to it. I
wasn't scared one little bit this time. They looked at my toofs, petted my back, touched
my tail, and even told me what a pretty boy I was. I made lots more good friends that day
too! The club then asked me to do a little drug dog and obedience demo when we had lunch.
I did a really good job. I had a wonderful day, and tried to suck up lots, so Mommy would
be extra proud of me. I gotta keep trying to do that whenever I can so Mommy won't send me
away. I hope it will work.
Well guys, it's getting to be way past my bed time and I don't want Mommy and Daddy to get
mad at me. I still have lots more to write so I'll see if I can write again sooner to tell
you all the other things I've been doing lately. Please make sure all you Golden kids out
there give yer Moms and Dads big hugs every day so they know how much you love 'em! That's my plan! Until next time, Stay Golden!
Love and Sloppy kisses, Yer little
buddy . . . Buddy
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