Welcome to Jeep’s Blog!

Picture1Since making our twice weekly rounds to the schools last Spring, Jeep’s popularity has continued to soar.  Jeep’s personality is certainly suited to the work of a therapy dog.  She is extremely calm, especially for a puppy.  She loves visiting students and staff alike.  A number of parents have shared with me just how much their children talk about Jeep at home.

Hopefully students, staff and families will enjoy reading up on the antics of Jeep as she continues her training journey.  I appreciate how Jeep has helped me to connect with children and with staff.  As a superintendent, I know I have a much clearer understanding of the day to day operations of all our schools.

Thank you for allowing us both to be part of the greater Lake Villa community!


Dr. Lynette Zimmer, Jeep’s human sidekick and partnerFullSizeRender (9)


Puppy Love on Valentine’s Day


Who’s silly idea is this anyway? Next thing you know, she will make me wear a scarf!

Our friend Jeep was busy today making her rounds to Thompson, Hooper, Martin and Palombi handing out pyr  (as in Pyrenees) love to all her kid friends for Valentine’s Day.  We all know that Jeep loves kids more than steak bones and what better way to celebrate than stepping out with a Valentine’s Day party hat?


I was amazed just how long Jeep managed to keep her hat on her head.  Dot tried it at home and it stayed on less than five seconds.  Do you think it’s because the hat  belonged to Jeep?  Probably.

Jeep hopes your Valentine’s Day was filled with sweetness and fun!

Way to Go Kids!

img_0146You helped all  Jeep’s furry friends by raising over $1,440 for Save-A-Pet!!!  That is incredible! Do you know that this is the highest amount of money ever raised by the Library for Save-A-Pet?

Thank you for going to one of Jeep’s favorite places (the Lake Villa District Library) and filling in those reading logs for the month of January.  You made a BIG difference for a lot of pets who are looking for their “fur-ever” homes.  Jeep and I are both very proud of you!71hpretjsql-_sl1500_

Jeeps Checks Out Winterfest

download-1Cold weather is definitely something Jeep thinks should be celebrated.  Recently Jeep went to downtown Lake Geneva to see (and mostly sniff) the 2017 National snow sculptures.  That’s right, an entire sculpture made of one of her favorite things in the world- snow! Fifteen teams of snow sculptors spent three days, often working into the night, to create magnificent works of art out of a nine foot high pile of snow.

Sadly as the weekend drew to a close, so did the cold weather. I am sure you can guess what that means. In Jeep’s pictures you can see the sculptures slowly melting.   Too bad they couldn’t take Frosty the Snowman’s advice and thumpty-thump right out of town. Well, it was good while it lasted.  Cheer up Jeep, there is always next year.


Jeep Loves the Groundhog

aptopix_groundhog_day_31044-jpg-23e3bWe all know how much Jeep enjoys cold weather   Do you remember her Cold is Gold post?  Like all Pyrenees dogs, Jeep loves the snow.

This morning our friends at Martin School told us that the crazy groundhog saw his shadow.  Jeep couldn’t be any happier with the news that six more weeks of winter are in store.


Well, at least Jeep is delighted.  I doubt that Dot Com with her short fur will be happy.  For once, I am siding with Dot.  I am not happy either.  Sorry Jeep.

A Smiling Jeep




Jeep Becomes a Painter

fullsizerenderWho needs to be at school to have fun with art?  Jeep tried her own paws today to create a picture.  What?  A dog can make a picture?  Of course!  Our pets just need a little help from the people around them.

Jeep’s photos should give you a good idea about how she painted her own pictures.  Not surprisingly our friend Jeep  was a very good sport about having her paw dipped in paint.   I was sure to have a bowl of water and a towel handy to get the rest of the paint off when she was done.  (Yes, her white fur on her foot might look a little bit pink and purple for a couple of days.)

Did you know that “paw art” is actually something a lot of pet owners do?  That’s because a paw print of a furry friend can last a lifetime.

See Jeep at Family Fun Night Tonight

Jeep’s Excited Face

Jeep is very excited about coming to the PTO’s Family Fun Night tonight at Palombi!  I don’t think she will have her face painted, get a tatto or go in the bouncy house, but all her kid friends can.  Best of all, it’s free so kids be sure to tell mom and dad where all the fun is tonight – Jeep hopes to see you there!




Jeep’s New Year’s Resolutions

img_2769The start of 2017 is a perfect time for Jeep to think about setting some New Year’s resolutions.   Not only is it the beginning of a whole new year, but our friend Jeep is now a  year old.  Don’t you think she is ready to act like the big girl she already is?

Here are some resolutions I have for Jeep. We would love to hear what other ones you have for her!

I would like Jeep to:

  • Not pretend her water bowl is an indoor water park and splash pool.
  • ALWAYS come right away when asked – no matter how much snow is falling.
  • Not use Dot Com’s neck  and back legs as coyote hunting practice.
  • Not play in the mud immediately after a bath.
  • Close her mouth entirely after drinking and before moving away from the water bowl.
  • Pause long enough after digging to let the mud fall off before stepping into the house.
  • Chew things that are clearly meant for her such as chew toys and bones, not twenty dollar bills, slippers, books, or rolls of toilet paper.

Be sure to send us your ideas for Jeep’s New Year’s Resolutions.  Happy 2017!