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)

 

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.)

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!