Early tomorrow morning I’m heading over to Paws for Purple Hearts to pet newborn puppies. Yes. You read that right. I’ll be petting puppies to help socialize service dogs. This is my Christmas present from me to me.
Paws for Purple Hearts instructors teach service members to engage with specially-bred Golden and Labrador Retriever puppies. Together they undergo an intensive 18-to-24-month service dog training regimen—learning more than 90 commands–while the veterans reintegrate into civilian life. These service dogs are then given to veterans who have sustained mobility-limiting injuries. The dogs reside for the rest of their lives with their new owners.
And for my cat-loving friends, here’s a little something bookish for this cold December morning. The cat’s right, of course, and he’s got a point. But then if you live with a cat, you know that already.