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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Kindness Day at Hooper School

Never underestimate the power of a wet nose and a furry paw on a bad day.  The kids and staff at Hooper clearly know that happiness starts with a wet nose and ends with a tail.   They went out of their way this morning to show Jeep what kindness looks like and sounds like on Kindness Day.   Jeep was definitely feeling the love!

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Jeep and the Winter Blast

Jeep enjoyed the unexpected mid-April snow yesterday.  She stayed outside for over nine hours.  When I finally coaxed her inside, we had to remove large snowballs that clung to her feet and tummy.  She didn’t seem to mind a bit. I don’t think she is looking forward to summer.

Poor Jeep – we will just have to fill up her kiddie swimming pool soon so we can deal with the spring mud season.  I am NOT looking forward to the Return of Mud Monster, are you?

A magnificent way to catch a few tasty flakes


Enjoy Spring Break

Free LOW RES Digital Download_DKB-00086.pngWe hope your Spring Break is off to a marvelous start!

If you miss the big white fluff this week, you can a dose of Jeep right here – and you can practice your math skills by counting how many hands are actually petting Jeep.

For those smart friends up for an even bigger challenge, figure out just how many fingers are on her at one time.

Enjoy Spring Break!

Back for a Limited Time Only

So happy to be with kid friends again!

This morning, Jeep was all tail wags to visit her friends at Martin School.  She has yet to make it back to Thompson, Hooper, and Palombi, but don’t worry – she will!

Jeep is still limping slightly and favoring her right back leg.  Stairs remain off-limits.  After our visit to Martin, we took the elevator up to our second-floor office at Palombi where she gulped some water, chomped down some yummy beef liver treats, and slept the afternoon away.  Jeep will have to build her stamina back up before she can handle two schools in one day.

Special thanks to my husband for driving down here so he could lift the fluff ball in and out of the Jeep vehicle so she didn’t have to use her ramp.  You’re the best!

So many questions!  “Jeep, where have you been????”
Special buddies saying HELLO!
See how well Jeep’s scar is healing on her back left leg!
Somewhere under those kids is a big ball of fluff

Halfway Through the Road to Recovery

IMG_0392Jeep has been healing for 3 1/2 weeks and is getting a bit antsy to play with Dot Com.  Likewise, Dottie also wants to play and teases her with toys.  Of course, Jeep can’t resist a stuffie, especially one covered in Dot spit.

It is getting harder and harder to keep Jeep calm with all four paws on the ground.

Check out this video of these two buddies playing softly together.

Staples Out!

img_6817Today marks two weeks since the Big Fluff’s surgery.  She is doing very well! Yesterday, she went to the vet’s office and had her staples removed.  She loved the Jeep ride over – she had her head outside the window almost the entire way.

When we arrived at the vet’s, Jeep was her usual calm self and didn’t seem to mind a bit as two vet technicians pulled her staples out.  Her leg is healing nicely and her fur is starting to grow back.  But, she has a long way to go before she gets her fuzzypants back!


Making Progress!

img_0350The big fluff is doing very well five days since surgery.  She likes being outside in the cold so she has her own small spot.  We are using heavy outdoor furniture to block her in, but no doubt in a few weeks she will figure out her own escape route and then we will have to be even more creative.

We put the purple tape on this morning for a few hours to stop her from  licking her leg.  She is not licking the part where the stitches are – just the part of her leg she can reach.  If she is not careful, she will end up wearing a cone around her neck!

Here is a quick video of her taking a very short walk with me.  Of course being the friend that she is,  Dot had to check in with Jeep.

Jeep is Doing Great!

img_0306Thanks to Dr. Scot and his team at Lake Geneva Animal Hospital, our friend Jeep is well on the road to recovery.  She came home tonight and is finally sleeping.  She was a bit out of it from her pain medication.  She tends to whimper when I leave her side so guess who will be spending the night on the floor in my sleeping bag beside the big fluff?   Come on, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up with all that fluff?

Here are pictures of her surgery that went SO well!!  Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers and concern for Mrs. Fuzzypants – well she isn’t so fuzzy on one side of her pants now, but the magic fluff will grow back.  BTW Dottie Com has been very worried about her sister.  Good girl, Dot!

Dot seemed sad not to have her friend Jeep to play with her today – so was I!  Dottie kept looking out the window awaiting Jeep’s return.  Dot does have a great snuggly side about her.



Jeep did very well during surgery thanks to her talented vet team.

Dottie really wants to help her friend, but we can’t allow her to get too close to Jeep who is sore.  Poor Dottie, but what a good friend she is to keep watch.

Dottie and I are SO happy to have Jeep back home and doing well!!!!  Now we just have to pass the weeks and let our girl heal.  Good girl, Jeep!