Thankful for my precious puppy and all the things she is learning and teaching me, not to mention all the friends who helped us find one another.
I know it has been a while since our last diary. To this all I can say is that November has always been a bad month for me when it comes to writing. But I am healthy, everyone is home and safe, and I am not allowed in the kitchen, which means that I have time to write. Though obviously not as much time as I had hoped. Still, I wanted to take a few minutes to sit down and let you all know how she is doing.
Counting. Yes, you heard me right, she is counting. We know this, because we bought our pack a toy referred to as a hide-a-squirrel. This little thing consists of a stuffed tree stump, in which three plush squirrels are hidden within the various holes. Shortly after we purchased this thing, Mom found little M playing with it. She had two squirrels, looked at them, tapped each one on top of its lil fuzzy head with her nose, and then went back to the stump to find the third. We also got a leash rack recently, given to us by a friend of the family. It was sitting on the floor, waiting to be hung on the wall. Lil M was sniffing and investigating this new part to her environment. She paused, and tapped each small white hanging peg, with the tip of he nose, looked up at me, and grinned with her tongue hanging out of the side of her mouth. Who knew klingons could count, much less their Targs!
The other task she is learning, is perhaps not so cute, but there is no doubt that it is just as useful. We are working on learning to ring the strip of christmas bells that now hang from the front door whenever lil M needs to pay a visit to the outdoor facilities. Trust me when I say that as a blind man, the audio cue is quite a bit more helpful in tying to make certain that she gets out in time.
So, to make a long story short, we are still making progress, and she has become a very beloved part of our family. She has even decided that the place she wants to sleep is on the foot of our bed, so that she can wake mom or I up if either of us is having breathing trouble and needs the machine.
Already she has shown herself a talented service dog!
Thank you again, all of you. We love you all!