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)


The Return of Mrs. Splashypants



A lot of Jeep’s friends wonder how Jeep keeps cool in the summer, especially since she is so fond of cold weather.  Every day we fill Jeep’s kiddie pool up with fresh cold water and she jumps right in.  We have never seen her actually sit down or lie down in the pool like Dot Com does, but Jeep enjoys it all the same.  Check out these slow-motion videos of Jeep in action!

First Day of Summer School

IMG_2885Although today’s weather certainly did not feel much like summer, Jeep was on hand to welcome all of her kid friends to the start of summer school.  This year summer school is being held at Hooper Elementary.  Jeep is looking forward to spending time in all the classrooms.  I think she likes having kids from all four schools at Hooper!IMG_2874

Field Day Fun

IMG_2850Jeep had a terrific time watching all the Field Day activities at her schools.  She especially liked the water sports.  I have to say, she was a bit disappointed to find out that the kiddie pools actually held plastic balls instead of water.  (Too bad Dot Com wasn’t around – she would have LOVED all the balls!)

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Join Jeep at Culver’s on Tuesday!

culvers-guyThat’s right!  Our friend Jeep will be at Culver’s in Grayslake on Route 83 at 5 p.m. sharp tomorrow night to show her support for our PTO’s Dining for Dollars event.  This is our last Dining for Dollars night, so be sure to get   your family there.

We all know what a picky eater Jeep is, so I am wondering what she will like more, a plain Butterburger with cheddar OR a vanilla custard cone? They both sound yummy to me!  I’m sure Jeep will want to bring something home for her friend Dot Com, too.  After all,    that is what friends are for!

Hope to see all Jeep’s friends at Culver’s!



Getting “Tick”ed Off

downloadIt is tick season again! If your furry friends spend lots of time outdoors like Jeep and Dot Com, you need to be on the lookout for ticks.  Ticks can be black, brown or tan.  They have eight legs because they are arachnids, just like spiders.  Some ticks such as deer ticks can be very tiny.  Pay attention when you are petting your dog or cat.  A tick will feel like a small bump on their skin.  These tiny bloodsuckers can make dogs (and cats) sick.  As ticks feed on your pet, they swell up with blood and become larger. This makes them easier to spot.  You can pull them off with a tweezers or tick puller, but be sure to get the whole body and not leave pieces behind in their skin.  That could cause an infection.

Here is a great video about how to remove a tick should your furry friend get one.  Oh, don’t forget, people can get bitten by ticks, too!  I know – YUCK!!!


Be sure to talk to your vet about tick prevention.  Every three months Jeep and Dottie are given a special pill to swallow.  (Jeep HATES swallowing pills even when they are hidden in steak, cat food or peanut butter. I have even tried sprinkling yummy beef liver treats on the pill and she still won’t eat it. Picky Pyrenees! )  The good news is that these pills keep our girls safe throughout the year.

You may recall that last year our friend, Jeep, contracted Lyme’s Disease from a tick.  Jeep became even more sleepy than usual and had trouble standing up.  Poor Jeep! Lucky for us, our vet had her blood tested right away and placed her on medication for two weeks – yes, that meant more pill swallowing fun.  Now she gets her tick pill every three months even though it’s still quite an ordeal to get it down her.

I have been told that a person can get a dog to swallow a pill simply by placing a pill in the back of the dog’s mouth, holding the mouth shut and blowing in their nose.  For some reason it causes them to swallow right away.  I think I will try it next time IF I can get my hands around Jeep’s big mouth!IMG_2705


Jeep Recognized as Citizen of the Year!

imagejpeg_1 (1)That is right, friends!  Our fluffy girl was formally recognized last night by the Lake Villa 41 Board of Education as a Lake Villa Citizen of the Year 2018!  What an honor, especially for a four legged friend!

Here is what some of Jeep’s second grade friends had to say about her:

“Jeep gives me confidence to try my best on what is hard for me.” – Penny

“Jeep helps me feel happy when I am worried.” – Lily

“I like to hug her and lay on her a bunch!” – Jackson

“Jeep always makes my day brighter.” – CasayIMG_2717

When I am having a bad day, and I see Jeep, I think everything is going to be ok.” – Landen

“Jeep makes me feel like I can do it!” – Katie

“Jeep makes me feel good on the inside and the outside.” – Frankie

“Jeep gives me confidence when I do not know words in a book.” – Angelo

“Have you ever needed Jeep in your life? Well, I have! Jeep keeps me focused instead of not doing my work.” – Lucas

“There was a Halloween parade and I was nervous about walking in front of the whole school.  Jeep was there and made me feel all better.” – Lavinia

“I love you Jeep and thank you for helping me get through all of the hard stuff that I was working through.” – Evan

“When I feel frustrated, I pet Jeep and I feel calm again.” – Merek

So, now do you need a Jeep friendship fix?  If so, click on this special video Martin teacher Mrs. Carter made about Mrs. Fuzzypants.  It is sure to make you feel all better!  Who knows? You might even see yourself or one of your friends!   A Friendship Story – Jeep

What’s in a Name?

FullSizeRender (4)A lot of kids ask me how our friend Jeep got her name.  For starters, my husband and I are Jeep fanatics. We own a fully restored 1947 Willys Jeep pictured here. Some of you have also probably seen the white Jeep I drive to school that has our fluffy white Jeep inside.

We think Jeeps are cool and we all know Great Pyrenees are one of the coolest dogs on the planet.  Jeep owners also like to play in the mud with their Jeeps and slosh around in the snow just like you-know-who.  I also remember reading once that dogs pay more attention to words with a long e vowel sound.  (Don’t ask me why, I am not a dog.) Finally, we wanted a name that was unusual.  “Jeep” fit the bill.  Of course, we have since come up with a LOT of nicknames for her like  Mrs. Fuzzypants, Mrs. P (for pyrenees), Baby Jeep Jeep, Mrs. Beep Beep, and Mrs. Fluff n Stuff just to name a few!

Thinking about Jeep’s name started me to wonder what my own name be if I was a dog. Would I be called Bella? Lucy? Lola? Princess? Rover?  What do you think? Oddly enough, the folks at Rover.com have a way you can find out.  Rover.com has the largest database of dog names.  On this link you can find out what your name would be if you were born a dog.  I am NOT kidding!  Try it! This site compares the popularity of your first name in the year you were born and matches it with a dog name of equal popularity.     What’s Your Dog Name?

By the way, I am happy to report my dog name is Sophie which makes me smile.  I am so relieved my dog name isn’t Queenie or Tulip.

Jeep in Jeep

Holy Cow a New Jeep Book!

Last year, Jeep released her first book Jeep Practices the Seven Habits.  If you are a Lake Villa 41 kid you have seen copies in your libraries and classrooms.  For those of you who don’t know, Jeep describes how she is learning to be a super leader dog by practicing the 7 Habits of Healthy Kids.  Jeep and I are tickled pink that the book is the #1 checked out book in the school library! I think it’s because everyone likes to see Jeep be a little bit naughty from time to time.

Since then, kids have been asking me, “When is Jeep’s next book coming out?”  Well, the LONG wait is over!  Friends for Mrs. Fuzzypants: Just Another JEEP Adventure has just been released!  In this book, Jeep describes her work as a therapy dog (as many of you know, THE most important job on the planet) and how wonderful it is to make friends.  Jeep reminds us how important it is to always be yourself and that friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  You can order your own Jeep book thru blurb.com with a simple search for Mrs. Fuzzypants.  (Warning – this will cost you $3.99 for postage.)

Better yet, if you are a Lake Villa 41 student or staff member you can purchase Friends for Mrs. Fuzzypants for $10 by filling out this form and bringing to to your teacher.  Hey Kids and Parents   This way you save the postage.

The best part is that ALL proceeds from the sale of this book go directly back to the school to help fund the new Leader in Me program that teaches kids about the 7 Habits.  Kids get a Jeep book with a very special message and the schools get money for this incredible program.  That is what our friend Jeep calls a win-win!  Good girl Jeep!


Where Did Jeep Go for Spring Break?

Jeep and I heard from a lot of kids today who traveled during Spring Break.  Kids and teachers shared stories of visiting Florida, California, Minnesota, Alabama, New Mexico, Tennessee and even Wisconsin Dells for indoor water parks.  Many of them wondered where Jeep went during break.

Jeep did nothing more than chill out at home with Dot Com last week.  They had plenty of fun running around and play fighting although Jeep missed her kid friends.   Jeep also had four other dogs visit and stay overnight so you can imagine how much playtime all SIX dogs had!  (Our kids call our house Disney World for Dogs because it is so much fun to be a dog there – plenty of steak bones, plenty of room to run and of course, plenty of dirt to dig.)

Last week, Jeep also visited her very good friend and groomer the wonderful Lisa Doane.  Lisa is the owner of the stress-free Dirty Dogs Grooming Salon in Lake Geneva.  Lisa and her husband take such special care of our girl Jeep!  Jeep always looks and smells AMAZING when she has time with Lisa. We love Lisa and Dirty Dogs!!!


This is Lisa’s girl, Odette. She and Jeep like to play together. Isn’t she a beauty???