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!


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


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.)

What Should Jeep be for Halloween?

This is a question I am asked a lot lately.  Halloween is right around the corner and it is definitely on the minds of our elementary friends at Hooper, Martin, and Thompson.

Jeep’s costume is always a challenge.  Some kids want Jeep to be a zebra. But, I don’t want to dye her fur because it might not come out.   She would look pretty funny with permanent zebra stripes painted on her.   I also know how much Jeep enjoys cold weather, so I can’t bring myself to cover her fluffy up with a hot costume.

Here are some of Jeep’s past costumes. Let me know what you think we should be this year! The Halloween countdown is on!

Pretty as a Picture

Jeep and I had a terrific surprise in store this morning at Hooper Elementary. Two talented former Hooper students, sisters Hailey and Madison, did an incredible job designing and painting a mural that highlights our big white fluff! They also included the Hooper expectations of Respect, Safety, Honesty and Responsibility. I know that Hooper students will enjoy seeing this beautiful work in the entry foyer. Well done, Hailey and Madison!

New Friends

Jeep enjoyed her time this morning at Hooper Elementary. We passed out new Official Jeep Trading cards and met new Early Childhood friends. It was the perfect way to start our day! Good girl, Jeep!

First Day of School Friends

Jeep was all smiles as she came back to school this morning! Likewise, her friends were delighted to have her return. Jeep got lots of attention and love. Many of the students received new Official Jeep Trading Cards to start their day out right. It has been a fabulous First Day of School!

Jeep is Back at School!

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!

Needing a Friend Fix?

IMG_1577Staying 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.

Click on the link below to start smiling –

A Friendship Story

Last of the Snow for Jeep

IMG_0816Spring 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.