Hello everyone, it’s Jones, the yellow Labrador Retriever Pacific Assistance Dog in training, back with my monthly update! 

December has been a whirlwind of excitement, especially with the holiday season in full swing. My focus this month has been on refining my skills including attending my weekly training classes where I get to meet up with all my other PADS buddies. I’ve been diligently working on improving my “down” duration, mastering threshold procedures, and perfecting my recall. It’s all part of becoming the best assistance dog I can be for my future family.

One of the highlights of December was experiencing my very first snowfall. The fluffy white stuff came early in the month, and I couldn’t contain my excitement as I bounded through it and ate the odd mouthful. Unfortunately, the snow didn’t stick around for long, but I’m hopeful for more in the coming months.

About mid-December, I attended my first hockey game in Vernon a BCHL game between the Vernon Vipers and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. This was a fundraising night in support of the PADS program with the Okanagan PADS volunteers selling 50/50 tickets. In all, there were 11 PADS dogs at this event and we didn’t even get our leashes tangled. I got to visit with lots of people while my raisers told them all about the PADS program. Thanks to everyone who donated or bought tickets for the 50/50 in support of PADS.

Christmas was, of course, a special time for me. I was showered with presents, including some delicious treats and new chew toys. These not only keep me entertained but also contribute to maintaining my dental health – a win-win! I even got to help one of my raisers in the kitchen while she did some Christmas baking. The holidays also meant spending quality time with my family, going on long walks, and enjoying invigorating hikes.

Looking ahead, I’ve been told that when the snow returns, my raisers have plans to take me out for some snowshoeing adventures. I can hardly wait to experience the joy of bounding through deeper snow and exploring a winter wonderland. It sounds like so much fun!

All in all, December has been a busy month filled with family gatherings, festive celebrations, and, of course, plenty of love. I’m growing and learning every day, and I’m eager to see what the new year will bring in terms of my training and adventures.

Thanks for following my journey, and I can’t wait to share more stories with you in the months to come!

Submitted by: Terry & Sandy