Last summer, ENC Strategy joined in supporting Hero Dogs, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing service dogs to injured or disabled military veterans. ENC’s support goes toward training Grant, a black Labrador Retriever. Since our last update, Grant has continued to master skills and commands during class and excursions with his “puppy raisers.”
According to his puppy journal, November featured a handful of big occasions for Grant, including representing Hero Dogs during two Combined Federal Campaign events at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and National Credit Union Association. He made a big trip to the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he met and interacted with disabled veterans. Grant also put his training to the test when he visited a post office, a shopping mall and a country club. And a visit to the veterinarian’s office had Grant weighing in at a healthy 47 pounds.
In December, Grant completed another Puppy II class and experienced a few firsts: his first hotel stay, his first Christmas celebration and his first snowfall! Although puzzled at first, Grant became a big fan of the fluffy white stuff. Trips to the beach and a park also proved fun—and challenging, as his interest in playing with the ducks and geese was not reciprocated by his feathery friends. Such is the life of a Retriever!
There’s a lot in store for Grant in 2013, so stay tuned for updates about our Hero Dog in training!