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!


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Celebrate the Year of the Dog

year-of-dogChinese New Year starts February 16th and Jeep couldn’t be happier to celebrate the Year of the Dog!  You may not know this, but Chinese New year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.

Legend has it that back in ancient days a Chinese emperor ordered 12 animals to become20493_Chinese-New-Year-Year-of-the-Dog-So-Bring-your-Dog-@-Greenbelt-Nature-Center part of the calendar.   The dog was chosen to be one of the animals.  (Seems like an obvious choice, right?) Some Chinese believe that if a dog comes into a house it is symbolizes the coming of a fortune.  What do you think it means if a dog comes into a school?

We all know that most dogs (especially our friend Jeep) are loyal, friendly and kind.  With a little luck (and with the help of dogs everywhere) we will have an entire year of kindness!  That’s pretty dog gone great!IMG_0715 (1)

Snow Chasers

IMG_1577Jeep and Dot Com love to chase each other.  The chase game is even more fun in the snow.   In this short video Dottie looks pretty snazzy in her new red coat.  (Jeep put a couple holes in her old one.  I am sure it was just an accident, right Jeep?) Jeep, of course, doesn’t need a coat.  If you look closely, you can see that Dot actually has a yellow tennis ball in her mouth that she is showing off to Jeep.  What a tease you are Dot!

More Snow Tonight

Jeep enjoyed the snowy weekend and spent most of her time outside without me.  I let her in for brief moments just to melt some of the snow that was clumped inside her paws She seemed not mind that her feet were frozen.   Jeep is keeping her paws crossed for more snow tonight.

Take a look at this video to see another smart Great Pyrenees escape from drowning when she fell through a hole in the ice.  It is amazing that the dog knew what to do with the rope – that is one smart pup.  The nice man that saved the pyr wasn’t even the pyr’s owner.  That is what I call KINDNESS in action!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2QLvphBmdQ

Wahoo! Six More Weeks of Winter!

groundhog4Our friend Jeep is SO happy that the groundhog saw his shadow this morning!  Bring on the snow and ice – Jeep wants to play outside ALL day!  It is supposed to snow quite a bit this weekend so I promise to post some pictures of the big fluff ball in the snow.  Maybe I can even convince Dot Com into going outside with her.  Good thing Dot has a winter coat.  I wonder if she would wear boots.

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See Jeep this Friday at PTO’s Family Fun Night

IMG_1685Jeep will be there right as the doors open at 6 PM on Friday night at Palombi Middle School.  Our wonderful Lake Villa PTO is hosting this FREE event for families.  Last year Jeep was quite intrigued with kids playing in the Bouncy House and flying down the slide. Jeep didn’t get to go in it herself – it is tough having big paws with claws not to mention double dew claws.

This year there will be music provided by DJ Maximus as well as face painting, a balloon artist,  a funky photo booth and Bingo with prizes.

Family Fun Night runs from 6 – 8:30 PM.  Kids tell your parents and grandparents it’s time to have some fun!  Hope to see you there!

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This weekend our girl Jeep decided to take disappearing snow matters into her own paws.  If you can’t play in snow, at least you can always play in mud.  (Personally I prefer her rolling in the snow.) Oh, Jeep, good thing you are cute!

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Someone had dinner on the porch


Sunday is Squirrel Appreciation Day

squirrelMany dogs love squirrels – love to chase them that is!  Dot Com and Jeep are no exception, although I do have to say Dottie is probably overly enthusiastic in this regard.  Dot gets so excited when she sees a squirrel in a tree or on the ground, she actually starts to tremble and shake. Because she is a German Shorthair Pointer, her hunting instinct is quite strong.  I sometimes feel quite sorry for the squirrels she torments.

its-squirrel-appreciation-yp17ksOften Jeep will join Dot on the squirrel chase, but then usually she loses interest and starts eating snow.   Jeep is much kinder to the squirrels.  She thinks every day should be Squirrel Appreciation Day!  Check out how one person celebrates by making a squirrel obstacle course – the squirrels are going to get to your bird feeder anyhow so you might as well make it interesting!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWU0bfo-bSY

(Check out our fuzzy snow cruncher in this short video. I think her snow beard looks cute, don’t you?)

You Know Who Turns Two

IMG_1563Our friend Jeep celebrated her second birthday on January 2nd!

Do you remember when Jeep first came to school how small she was?  She could sit in my lap, take a bath in our kitchen sink and be carried up the stairs.  Not anymore!

I am sure the one who is probably most surprised about Jeep’s growth spurt is Dot Com.  I am sure Dottie had no idea that Jeep would grow more than twice her size.  Now there is just more fluff to love!

I am often asked by students how old Jeep is in people years.  There is a common belief that a one dog year equals seven people years.  Using that formula Jeep would be fourteen people years old.  However, the math is not that simple.

According to the American Vet Medical Association, the first year of a dog’s life actually equals 15 human years.  By year two, a dog adds on nine years for a human.  So how old is Jeep now in human years?  (See if you can do the math in your head BEFORE looking below at the handy chart.)

Keep in mind the size of a dog matters.  Large dogs (like Jeep) age faster than small dogs.  Researchers are still trying to understand why that happens.  The average life span for a Great Pyrenees is 8 – 10 years although I met a male Great Pyr who was 14!

(By the way, I am delighted that the designer of the chart chose a Great Pyrenees picture for the “Large” dog.  That’s Pyr Power!)


Happy Holidays!

Finally the last day of school before Winter Break has arrived!  Jeep is certainly getting in the holiday spirit with all of her friends.  Looks like someone we know will be settling in shortly for a LONG winter’s nap!  Nighty Night Jeep!

In the meantime, be sure to check out this video of none other than Santa and his puppy elves!  That’s right!  See for yourself all the puppy elves working at the North Pole!


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