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!

Sincerely,

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

 

A Special Welcome

Jeep and the entire Lake Villa 41 community are excited to welcome our new students from Ukraine! According to this young man’s mom, he was very excited about a special visit from Jeep. He referred to Jeep as “a very special friend who wore a yellow and blue scarf to support him and Ukraine.” This mom reports that her son loves school and get so excited talking about American school, teachers, and kids. He is amazed at just how kind people are in America.

Jeep and I are very proud of how welcoming and kind our students and staff are to our new friends from Ukraine.

Going Green!

Jeep wishes everyone a Happy St Patty’s Day! She thought the frigid weather for Saturday’s Lake Villa parade was ideal – I am not sure I agree – BRRRR!

She enjoyed seeing all of her friends today at Martin, Thompson, Hooper and Palombi schools. I can’t believe she kept her leprechaun hat on. That is lucky!

Hanging in the Leaves

Jeep is never one to let a good pile of leaves go to waste. (Of course, the leaves stick to her fluff and she brings them inside to share with the rest of us. How nice.) I think she is secretly wishing for the snow to start flying, but she will be content with leaves for now.

Check out Jeep’s two videos below!

Thanks to Those Who Serve our Country- Including Dogs

Brave dogs have aided US soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Dozen of dog breeds have served in the US armed forces, including the all-American mutt. Modern military working dogs are mostly German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois.

Labrador and Golden Retrievers are also used as specialized search dogs because of their fantastic noses. Thankfully, dogs don’t need to be close to sniff out a bomb. Their keen sense of smell lets them detect a bomb from 50 feet away. While preparing a dog to be a bomb detection expert can cost over $150,000, that cost is noting compared to the price of keeping our soldiers safe.

Today there are over 1,600 Military Working Dogs stationed around the world.

Santa Rita, Guam (October 27, 2006) ñ Petty Officer 2nd Class Blake Soller, a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler pets the head of MWD Rico, at the War Dog Cemetery located on Naval Base Guam Oct. 27. Soller is currently assigned to Naval Security Force Detachment Guam to the MWD kennel. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John F. Looney

Happy Halloween!

Jeep hopes your day is filled with treats, not tricks!

This year Jeep came to school as herself (cute pumpkin that she is) dressed up in a candy corn scarf and orange leash. I came as Jeep’s “mummy” – thankfully the older kids got the pun.

Dr. Keim-Bounds looks fabulous as Cruella/Estella, don’t you think?

Jeep’s Jeep

Yes, it is true. I enjoy putting Jeep the Dog in my white Jeep Wrangler and going for a long drive. Of course Jeep prefers having the windows all the way down even if it is raining or snowing. She simply doesn’t care – in fact I think she likes it! I accomodate her by blasting the Jeep’s heater on high. I want to make sure Jeep is happy!

I also like to decorate the Jeep with dog stickers, wheel covers, and brakelights. After all, Jeep deserves a dog-friendly Jeep, don’t you think?

Be sure to wave if you spot us driving around town!

Bonus points if you can identify the yellow character on the window next to Jeep the Dog!

Fall Fun

Jeep and Dot Com had some fall fun last week hiking in northern Wisconsin where the fall colors were in spectacular peak. Neither Dot nor Jeep ended up swimming – they just waded in the lake.

Jeep likes nothing better than a wide open window during a car ride – well, except for being outside in a snowstorm. (That will come soon enough, Jeep.)