Please help support an INCREDIBLE man by the name of Doug Levy who is cycling 3000 miles across America to raise money for CCI. Talk about a real hero. Visit his blog at http://raam2008douglevy.wordpress.com/about/ for more information and if you are near D.C. and Annapolis come out and greet him on his arrival. I plan to try and be there so you can get to meet me too :).
Well now that I have been Sam for a few weeks, I can talk a little about team training. Team training is when we dogs get matched with the participant who needs us. It is 2 weeks of hard, hard work, where David and Sam had to learn how to handle me. The instructors are pretty tough - but they want to make sure we canines are going to be able to do the work we are trained to do. At the end, we had to take a test. It was OK, except when they threw food under the table at me, and I had to ignore it. I love my food, but Sam only gives me what CCI tells them to give so I have to try and give the "Labrador" look to ask for more. Unfortunately, David and Sam ignore my longing looks. I guess it is OK as I am nice and fit.
At the end of the 2 weeks, we have graduation and Crystal and Judy came back and gave me to Sam. It was pretty emotional for all concerned but the ceremony makes all the work worthwhile. Check out the graduation slide show at the bottom of the blog.
As can be seen from the pictures on the left, I am not the only animal in the household. There is a cat called Pebbles. I have been very well trained as I do not run after Pebbles. She treats me with disdain - but she is beginning to warm up to me as can be seen by the pictures on the left. I did manage to eat her food one time - but now David makes sure I do not sneak any of her food. Most unfortunate :(
I love to play fetch with Sam in the backyard. He throws the tennis ball and I run after it or even catch it in my mouth. David says I should be playing for the Nationals but I think I would have problems hitting the ball.