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
The big white fluff is back visiting her friends at school! While it takes her a bit longer to walk through the buildings and greet students because of COVID protocols, both the students and Jeep are enjoying their time together. Students diligently use hand sanitizer before petting Jeep. They patiently wait for Jeep to come to them so they can maintain social distance. Many students think Jeep has gotten bigger since they last saw her, but I remind them she is only 105 lbs of fluff (OK, she used to be 98 lbs) but who hasn’t packed on a few COVID pounds? At least Jeep now can happily walk them off as she travels through the schools. It is great to have her back!
Staying away from school is hard! We can’t see our friends. We can’t see our teachers and principals right now. Your teachers and principals are setting up ways for kids to stay connected to learning using technology. That will start up on April 7th.
In the meantime, if you want to see some smiling school faces, be sure to watch this video created by our teacher friend, Mrs. Jen Carter, a few years ago. I hope it makes you smile as much as it does us!
P.S. Jeep sure does miss all of you!!! She is glad she gets to hang out with Dottie Com.
Spring has arrived, but so did a little snow this morning. Jeep took full advantage of the snow and hasn’t come in all day even though it has since melted. Too bad there wasn’t enough snow to build a snowman or a snow dog. I guess for now, Jeep will have to do.
Jeep will be at the PTO’s Family Fun Night tomorrow at 6 p.m at Palombi Middle School. Jeep is spending time today with her good friend, Lisa Doane, at Dirty Dogs Grooming Salon in Lake Como, Wisconsin so she can be extra fluffy for tomorrow’s event. Jeep loves spending time with Lisa and her dog friends. It is surprising that Jeep actually enjoys going to the groomer’s to get a bath once she has had enough time playing in the snow.
If you need some fluff, please come out to support the PTO tomorrow night. Jeep would love to see you and there will be lots of fun things to do! Admission is FREE!
This Veterans Day, Jeep had a wonderful time meeting all kinds of servicemen and women this morning at Thompson School during a Veterans Day Recognition Assembly.
But, it is not just two-legged friends who serve and protect our country. Did you know that working dogs in the American military date back to the country’s founding when Benjamin Franklin recommended their use? Since then dogs have served in nearly every American war. During the Civil War they were used as messengers and guards. In World War I, Sergeant Stubby, one of history’s most famous war dogs, saved American fighters from mustard gas. War dogs sniffed out Japanese positions in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Nearly 4,000 dogs served in Vietnam, saving 10,000 American lives. That is pretty doggone impressive!
While I think the Halloween snow is a trick, Jeep definitely thinks it is a treat!
This year, Jeep and I based our costumes on our recent experience. (Sometimes you just have to work with what you have.) Today I am Dr. Bones, Veterinarian, and Jeep is my patient. She is a good sport about keeping her purple bandage on along with her “ouch” sign.
We hope your day is filled with all treats and no tricks – Happy Halloween!