A Very Grand Five Month Birthday

Helaine turned five months old on Sunday.  Can you believe it?  I can’t.  Holy moly, our time together is flying by already. Tomorrow will mark three months together.  It seems like just yesterday I was signing the application papers and submitting them for approval.  My how time has flown and things have changed so quickly.  I am still living in a wonderful dream state.  Helaine and I have done a lot of fun things together in just a short amount of time, and I’m so looking forward to all the adventures we still have in store.  But for now, let’s talk about how we celebrated her five month birthday.

We started the day early, as we had about a 3 hour drive south.  I had volunteered for us to man a booth at the Special Olympics that were taking place at Joint Base Lewis McChord, and I had been looking forward to it for a weeks!  There is something special about being on base.  I feel so…safe, protected, honored!  I think being on base is awesome, and I’m so thankful that they are so welcoming to our Wonder Dogs.  Our puppy raising chapter even has two puppies, Lago and Laredo, who are a part of the Prison Puppy Program at the JLBM Regional Correctional Facility.  It’s pretty awesome. 

We met up with our chapter president, Lisa in South Everett.  My leg of driving was complete for the time being.  After almost 2 hours of driving, we had finally arrived.  We met up with our group and settled in to represent CCI.  I love events like this.  I love getting to speak with the public and tell them all about these incredible dogs.  It was quite a fun event, and the weather was perfect.  Our puppies were marvelous, which is to be expected!  We had one soldier, who kept coming by and sitting with the dogs for a few minutes.  It’s awesome to see them just melt when they have a puppy to snuggle with.  The feeling I felt when I witnessed this was indescribable.

More than anything, this event was inspiring.  So many incredible athletes were running around, showing off their medals and beaming from ear to ear.  They may not have been dealt the best cards in life, but they have certainly made the best of the ones they got.  It was truly humbling and I’m looking forward to spending time there next year, and many years to come.

And now, some pictures!  Beware, they are too cute!

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Practicing the “Stay” command while soldiers worked around them.

FIVE

  Helaine had a stare-down with a goat.  She remained sitting the entire time!

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She wasn’t even nervous!

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Tough men turn to little boys when a puppy is around

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And Helaine turns into a puddle when people pet her!

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I love this sweet face!

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Thanking our heroes the only way she knows how!

What a great day this was.  We represented CCI, supported and cheered for those incredible athletes, and hung out with American heroes.  It was a pretty solid Sunday if you ask me!

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