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)


First Day of Summer School

Jeep was on hand to welcome all students to Summer School at Thompson this morning.  Some of Jeep’s friends from Hooper and Martin were both surprised and pleased to know that Jeep visits all four Lake Villa 41 schools.

Jeep’s tail couldn’t keep still when she saw her kid friends return.  Good girl, Jeep!

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Mrs. Fluff n Stuff

FullSizeRender (77)We all know Jeep is the ultimate chill dog.  She rarely gets excited and when she does she will gently wag her tail.  She doesn’t jump, doesn’t bark and doesn’t run around.  She is calm even in the lunchroom.  Jeep likes nothing more than hanging out with her kid friends (unless of course there was some mud nearby.)

Jeep is very lucky.  She has a lot of kids that love to hug her and some like to use her as a fluffy pillow.  I have to admit, that is one thing that I like to do, too.

Remember when Jeep first came to school?  She was 16 pounds.  She is now 100 pounds of pyr fluffy love.


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Join Jeep at Culver’s!

download (2)Our wonderful PTO has a fundraiser at Culver’s in Grayslake on Tuesday, May 23rd  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (yes, that is tomorrow!)  Kids be sure to tell your parents you want Culver’s that way your mom and dad don’t have to cook and you don’t have to do the dishes!

Our friend Jeep is feeling MUCH better since her recent10 allergic reaction and she is looking forward to a small vanilla custard ice cream bowl and maybe even a plain butter burger.   Jeep and I will be there at 5 p.m. sharp.

It’s probably a good thing both Jeep and the ice cream are white in case she gets a little bit messy – I am sure Dot Com would like to clean her off.  On second thought, ssshhhh!!!  Let’s not tell Dot, she might get jealous.

Poor Jeep!

Our friend Jeep has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately.  We all know how much Jeep likes to play in water, but for the last month Jeep has been drinking way too much water!  She just wants to guzzle, guzzle, guzzle water.  I am pretty sure she would drink her wading pool dry if we let her!fullsizerender-39

Jeep has been to the vet to see what might be causing her to over drink.  Her vet took blood and urine samples.  She was treated for a week with an antibiotic called amoxicillin for a urinary tract infection.  But that did not stop her crazy drinking.  After even more tests, her vet switched her yesterday to a new stronger antibiotic called Cipro.

I gave Jeep her very first pill last night.  Now we all know Jeep is a very picky eater and an even worse pill taker so I put it in liverwurst and covered it with maple syrup. She gobbled it right up. Yum yum!

But almost as soon as Jeep swallowed the pill, she started to shake her head, ears and body.  Pretty soon

her eyes started to swell shut.  Even her ears swelled up.  They felt as thick as pancakes.  I knew right then that our friend was having a serious allergic reaction to the medication and she needed help.

Unfortunately it was night-time and our vet was closed so I rushed her to the animal Emergency Vet which was a very  long car ride away – 45 minutes!  Once we got there the emergency vet gave Jeep a shot of antihistamine (Benedryl) to stop the allergic reaction.  It worked perfectly!  Whew! ( I have to brag that our Jeep was a good girl about getting her shot – she was very brave and didn’t cry or even whimper!)

I brought Jeep home last night and we haFullSizeRender (81)ve to give her even more benedryl for the next few days.  In case you didn’t know, benedryl makes people and dogs very tired.  Our Sleepy Jeepie is now at home stretched out on her cool pads with a fan blowing on her fur, dreaming great doggy dreams. (probably about stealing Dot Com’s ball and splashing around in her wading pool. I sure hope it’s not about drinking more water!)

Dog Gone!

download (2)Meet General.  He is a ten year old Great Pyrenees.  His family
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Obviously General wanted to be with his family.  He escaped by opening four doors (one with his mouth) and was found later sleeping (no surprise there pyr fans) in a neighbor’s yard waiting for his family’s return.  Interestingly, some of the doors General had to push open and others he had to pull open.  I wonder how he knew what to do? He is one clever pyr!

Hopefully our friend Jeep doesn’t get any crazy ideas like that. Pyrenees are known in the dog world to be escape artists and secure fencing is a must for a pyr family.  Thankfully General is home safe and sound.  I bet next time his family will take him with them on vacation.  Hopefully they have a BIG car to fit everyone in.

Check out the video on this link –   General the Escape Artist

The Return of Mud Monster

A Smiling Mud Monster

In case you are wondering what Jeep is doing over Spring Break, these pictures should give you a pretty good idea.  Our Mud Monster has returned!  Jeep is enjoying every minute of her time outside.   She stays out for hours finding new ways to roll, dig and flop in the dirt.

Fortunately, our friend Jeep is very good-natured about getting a bath when it’s finally time to come inside.  She actually walks me into the shower and waits patiently as I gather towels and turn the cold water on for her. (Of course it is cold water –  after all, she is a Pyrenees!)



Dot Com is wondering what happened to you

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What do you mean I can’t come in?

Kiss Me I’m Irish

FullSizeRender-6 copyJeep was feeling the green today as she walked through the halls of Thompson, Martin, Hooper and Palombi.

Hopefully she doesn’t really think she has anything in common with leprechauns.  They are naughty!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Jeep’s Snow Day

FullSizeRender (71)While we might not like the bitter cold blast that is currently sweeping the Midwest, our friend Jeep is ecstatic. Jeep stayed home yesterday and played in the snow for over 12 hours.  She didn’t even want to come in for dinner.

Of course she liked it best when Dot Com ventured out for a few minutes.  Apparently it is quite fun to chase Dot in the snow.  Dot seemed to enjoy the attention and certainly did her own share of chasing.

This has been Jeep’s first winter and I am pleased download (1) she got some more time to play in the snow.

Goodness knows it won’t be long before Jeep will be playing in the mud instead.  We all know how much she likes to do that!  Ugh.