Hey there, folks! It’s me again, Jones, your friendly Labrador Retriever and aspiring Pacific Assistance Dog. Can you believe it’s September already, time sure does fly when you’re having fun!

This month has been all about expanding my repertoire of skills and experiencing new adventures. I’ve been diligently working on my training, particularly mastering the art of getting up on things like play structures and in and out of the vehicle. It’s all part of my journey to becoming the best assistance dog I can be.

Early in the month, I got a shiny new leash and collar. You see, I’ve been growing so fast that my previous ones just couldn’t keep up with me anymore. The collar is my canine fashion statement, and the leash is like the final piece of my ensemble. And to top it all off, I got a brand-new toy as a reward for being such an awesome trainee. It’s safe to say that I’m one lucky pup!

But it hasn’t all been about training and gear upgrades. My raisers decided to treat themselves to some quality time, and I tagged along for the ride. We headed to Lake Country, where we visited some lovely wineries. While they sipped on Okanagan wine, I took in the breathtaking views of the vineyards, the picturesque valley, and the shimmering Okanagan Lake. It was a win-win situation for all of us!

Of course, I couldn’t let the month go by without some outdoor adventures. Hiking is one of my favourite activities, and this month, I had the pleasure of exploring Myra Canyon. The old Kettle Valley Railway and its awe-inspiring trestles left me in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. It’s moments like these that make me appreciate the great outdoors even more.

One of the highlights this month was a visit to the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. I had the privilege of watching the UBCO men’s Heat volleyball team in action at the gym they affectionately call “the furnace.” The energy in that place was incredible, and I couldn’t help but cheer along with the crowd.

I also had the incredible opportunity to visit Vernon and take part in the Armstrong Co-op fundraiser. This event helped to raise funds to support me on my journey to becoming a full-fledged assistance dog and to contribute to the amazing PADS program. It warmed my furry heart to see so many kind-hearted people stopping by, saying hi, and generously donating to support our cause.

Well, that’s a wrap for my adventures in September. I can’t wait to see what exciting things October has in store for me. Until next month, stay pawsitive and keep wagging those tails!

Yours truly,

Submitted by: Terry & Sandy