Last summer, ENC Strategy joined in supporting Hero Dogs, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing service dogs to injured or disabled military veterans who have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. ENC’s support goes toward training Grant, a black Labrador. Since our last update, big things have happened for this Hero Dog in training—including a celebration for his first birthday!
According to his puppy journal, he’s found continued success in outings to restaurants and stores, and now he’s also begun to master the Metro to embark on new adventures in the big city. He ventured downtown shortly before the inauguration and braved the crowds and hustle and bustle of the preparations for the big event. He also visited a museum where, as expected, he was on his best behavior, impressing even the security guards. On another trip into the city, Grant went to the convention center to attend the D.C. Auto Show—along with thousands of other people. To no one’s surprise, Grant conducted himself with maturity and class, not even fazed by all the different sights and smells. But traveling to different places isn’t all Grant’s been up to—he’s also been hard at work, training with the other Hero Dogs at school.
He has made incredible strides in his training. Grant continues to conquer various commands, including “paw,” “stay,” “heel,” “lap” and “side.” He can also pull a wash basket across the floor to help load and unload the washer and dryer. Grant can also retrieve anything dropped on the floor, including keys, credit cards and cell phones. And, as his breed indicates, he’s happy to retrieve shoes, socks or gloves (in exchange for some kibble!). One of Grant’s favorite games is “Find It,” in which he finds a hidden ball that contains kibble. With a sharp sense of smell and an aim to please, Grant’s always a winner in that game. He’s also getting good at saying “hello” by putting his chin in someone’s hand.
We’re so excited about how far Grant has come in his Hero Dog training. He’s on a great path to be a veteran’s devoted pal. And as his puppy raiser, Brent, says, while Grant may not be the biggest Hero Dog, there’s no doubt he has the biggest heart. Stay tuned to see what’s in store for Grant—after he wakes up from his nap.