Hi there!  Joy is finally letting me, Roja the guide dog, speak for myself!  Joy brought me to school for the first time last week, twice!  Last Thursday, I showed off my skills in Mrs. Cardiff’s class at Nicholson Elementary in Montgomery, IL, and I’d like to give a special shout-out to those 3rd graders because they were awesome!  Every time Joy asked a question, those kids’ hands went up, and after they answered, Joy let them pet me!  And some of them even got to feed me a treat!  I sat there with my harness on, acting all calm and chill, but inside I was like “WOO HOO!  SCHOOL ROCKS! I LOVE KIDS AND TREATS AND DROOLING!!!”  Don’t worry, though, I totally played cool, and besides a bit of drool, I’m pretty sure I convinced those kids that I’m the most gentle, obedient dog ever!

Then the next day, I got to go to my very own family member, Lucy’s, 4th grade class in Naperville, IL.  Her teacher, Mrs. Fawell, was so nice, and the kids huddled around me, asking all sorts of interesting questions about me.  I just got to sit and enjoy the attention, as shown in the picture below.  Joy did most of the talking…boy can she yap…blah blah blah blah blah…but I got to show off my guide dog work when the kids made an aisle for me to guide Joy down, complete with a chair obstacle and all!  I’m not trying to brag, but I was pretty much the bomb-diggity guide dog of the year, and those kids loved me!  They stared at me and petted me and applauded for me.  But don’t worry — again, I played the cool card and didn’t get all crazy, even when Joy took off my harness and played tug with me.  I did wag my tail, but that was only because I wanted all the kids to know I was happy to meet them!  Thanks, children!  I can’t wait for my next adventure!
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9 thoughts on “Who Let the Dog Out?

  1. Agreed, Roja! School is awesome! I have no skills, but sometimes, when Mom goes to do an author visit, she takes me back with her and we deliver books to the kids that ordered them. When I work as a therapy pet at the library, sometimes I forget to chill. Once I lost my mind and knocked over a table of books. It was fun.

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      You got to help deliver books? Boy, am I missing out! Once Joy finishes a book, I’ll ask if I can help deliver them. Don’t worry about the table of books… it happens to the best of us!

      Do you blog, Cupcake?

      Your new pal,

  2. Roja…Go girl! Best blog yet! You rock dog. And I know what you mean about that Joy…blah,blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…..hard to even get in a woof. Hey girl stop by the house again soon. I need you to scent up the back yard so your friend Lacey can get with using the back yard this winter. See you soon!

    • Ruff Ruff! I’ll be right over! Doing my business in other people’s yards is my all-time favorite thing to do!

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