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)

 

Jeep the Sheep with Bo Peep

IMG_0743Jeep and I had a terrific time visiting classrooms on Halloween!  We saw some incredible costumes and many happy kids.

Jeep was a great sport about turning into a sheep this year.  (This was definitely one of the times I took a hit for our team considering her costume requirements were pretty minimal. Oh well, what are friends for?)

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It’s Official!

IMG_3504We have all seen Jeep’s picture on our staff yearbook page, so we know she is definitely part of the team.  However, today for the very first time, our friend Jeep got to wear her staff ID badge!  She proudly wore it to two schools today and we were impressed by how many of her kid friends noticed.  A number of the students agreed, “Of course, Jeep is a teacher!”  Now, if only we could get her on the payroll then she could buy her own bacon double cheeseburgers.

By the way, Jeep proudly posed for her new yearbook photo this afternoon sporting her new ID badge.  What a girl!

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Jeep is All Smiles on the First Day Back

IMG_3432Jeep certainly missed her kid friends over the summer.  She spent the morning at Hooper and Thompson Schools.  She watched over the new seventh graders at Palombi as they figured out where to sit in a new cafeteria.  This afternoon – after she has had a nap and a couple of bowls of water – she will head over to Martin to see her friends there. She is one busy pup!

WELCOME BACK!!!  We all missed you!!

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Rise and Shine

FullSizeRender (8)We have all seen how much Jeep sleeps during the day at school.  (We don’t call her Sleepy Jeepie for nothing!) Apparently, Jeep isn’t the only hard to wake up Pyrenees out there. Check out this video of a pyr who works on a farm watching over goats – well, he is supposed to be watching them.  Looks to me that he is asleep on the job.

If only pyrs weren’t so set on being nocturnal.  Jeep is usually wide awake in the wee hours of the morning and would love nothing better than to get me up to play outside with her.  Fat chance fluff ball!

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Jeep is All Smiles at the Dentist

Jeep visited the dentist today with my husband just to remind all her kid friends that a visit to the dentist’s office isn’t scary.  In fact, Jeep enjoyed meeting the whole crew at Smiles by Design in Richmond – just check out her smile!

Jeep and my husband were welcomed by an amiable receptionist named Barb who asked all kinds of questions before the actual teeth cleaning.  Barb escorted Jeep and my husband into a special room with a big, comfortable chair and special lights.  Jeep watched on as Kathy, a skilled dental hygenist, busily cleaned and polished my husband’s teeth.  When Kathy was finished our friendly dentist, Dr. Jim Reichle, examined all of his teeth to be sure there were no cavities or problems.  Everyone was very kind and attentive!

Did you know that both dogs and people have two sets of teeth during their lives? A dog’s first set has 28 baby teeth and its adult set has 42 teeth. That is a third more than people have!  We only have 20 baby teeth and 32 adult teeth.  Both dogs and people can experience tooth decay and gum disease. Just like people, if a dog loses an adult tooth it won’t regrow.   That is why it is so important to take care of both your teeth and your fuzzy friend’s teeth.  For tips on how to clean your own dog’s teeth check out:

10 Ways to Clean your Dog’s Teeth

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Fireworks and Furballs

july-4-dogDid you know that more dogs go missing over the 4th of July than at any other time of the year?  The reason? They get spooked and panic over the fireworks.  Please be sure that your pets are safe inside when the fireworks begin.  

Luckily, Jeep doesn’t seem to mind fireworks.  I think it is because she has gotten used to all kinds of noises at school including loud fire drills and all-school assemblies. It takes a lot to rile up Jeep unless of course there happens to be a howling coyote in the area.

Dot Com, on the other hand, will hide in a closet until the night sky is quiet again.  Poor Dottie!  Hopefully, Jeep will keep her company. Afterall, that’s what friends are for!

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!