Since 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 partner
While we might not like the bitter cold blast that is currently sweeping the Midwest, our friend Jeep is ecstatic. Jeep stayed home yesterday and played in the snow for over 12 hours. She didn’t even want to come in for dinner.
Of course she liked it best when Dot Com ventured out for a few minutes. Apparently it is quite fun to chase Dot in the snow. Dot seemed to enjoy the attention and certainly did her own share of chasing.
This has been Jeep’s first winter and I am pleased she got some more time to play in the snow.
Goodness knows it won’t be long before Jeep will be playing in the mud instead. We all know how much she likes to do that! Ugh.
Jeep and Dot Com spend a lot of time together playing. It seems they particularly enjoy roughhousing when I am sitting on the floor with them. Often the play involves one of them holding a toy in her mouth and trying to get me or the other dog to take it. Here is a clip of Jeep trying to get Dot to play with her. Notice how big Jeep’s mouth is compared to Dot’s? Dot tries to pretend she is not interested in the ball, but we all know she really is. Dot is CRAZY about tennis balls. Dot cannot stand it if Jeep has a ball. Of course, this makes Jeep all the more playful.
You can also see how the dogs use their paws to playfully swipe at each other. Of course our friend Jeep has some pretty big paws, but Dot doesn’t seem to mind. In fact a lot of times Dot is the one who starts it. Jeep and Dot also like to chest bump each other. Take a peek.
So how do you know if the puppies are playing or really fighting? When dogs play their tails are up and wagging. You might see the dogs bow down on their front legs to each other. Just like when you play with your friends, there should be turn taking. Yes, after a few minutes Jeep will drop the ball and Dottie will happily snatch it up. Then the game starts all over again with Dot trying to get Jeep to take the ball from her.
While the dogs might be growling as part of the fun, their mouths should be open and their heads moving loosely. Dogs who are fighting freeze their bodies, stare, then lunge.
I am happy that Jeep and Dot Com have so much fun together. They really are best buddies even if Dot wants to steal all the tennis balls.
Kids aren’t the only ones practicing the 7 Habits. Jeep has worked hard on Begin with the End in Mind. Do you remember Jeep’s goal to become a therapy dog? She has been working on her goal for almost a year and she is finally ready to take the test!
On Tuesday night Jeep and I will be tested for the first time to become a pet therapy team with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. If we pass the test on Tuesday, we will still have to be observed three separate times before we are officially recognized as a therapy team.
Our friend Jeep has to do a number of things to pass the test. Jeep must:
Be good around other dogs
Walk on a leash without pulling (loose leash)
Allow strangers to pet her all over including her tail
Not react to loud noises
Not jump up on people
Follow all hand signals and commands
Not react to people walking unsteadily, walking with canes or using wheelchairs
Not show signs of stress
Be clean and well groomed
Be current on all vaccinations
Thank you to all her kid and teacher friends for helping us train. I think we have a great shot of passing the test. Keep your paws crossed for us and I will keep you posted!
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!
You 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!
Cold 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.