Another Mission Possible is behind us. This time I got the early Monday morning shift in the ER. It meant that I had to get up super early. I was also the only Dogtor on duty. At first, we seemed to be off to a rough start as our usual parking spot was taken by a big truck. The truck was not only big but also made a lot of noise. Turned out that it was a mobile shredding truck. I guess secret missions require the shredding of lots of papers. Luckily, my magic harness, Dogtor bandana, in combination with frozen carrots hand delivered to me at the exact right time, gave me Popeye strength. This helped me to make it past the truck and into the building without further ado.
Today, the waiting room was nearly empty and there were not that many patients in the ER. It made my job a lot easier and I was pretty much single-handedly able to keep everything under control. Those things that are not patient related are not always easy to circumnavigate though. For that reason, I’m always looking out for unusual things. This time there was a garbage cart out of control. All of a sudden it came flying towards me from around the corner at the nurse’s station. Its speed was dizzying and the human it had in tow was practically centrifuged into the air. Thankfully a handful of frozen carrots gave me another Popeye boost and imminent danger was easily averted.
Once we got the junk out of the way and the patients were taken care of, I had time for the nurses. I love the nurses as they always enjoy my reversed Reiki therapy so I tried my best to give them my all. After we completed my ninth undercover super-secret-mission, we had to make two more stops in town before we could drive home. At home, I almost immediately fell asleep and practiced Zuluism for inner balance and Zen.
I did it! I commandeered the big box yesterday! I learned that a little help from my friends makes a huge difference. I went with my buddy Capone and a new CCI friend. I think it was their magic capes that made it work. M forgot to bring my magic harness, she even forgot my leash…., but that was quickly resolved as I could borrow one of Capone’s.
We found the big box waaay back in a building. We had to walk through small corridors and a crowd of people to get there. But it worked, I stepped right in, sat down, and then wooshhh we went all the way up from the basement up into the sky. It was a spiffy big box as it hardly made a sound. The pic is a bit blurry; we were going that fast! Proof that warp speed travel is possible.
Warp speed traveling
Once we were high in the sky, the doors opened on the other side and a deliciously good aroma lured us out of the big box. Lots of people were dining and we were greeted by some very nice people who wanted hugs. And that my friend, I have plenty of.
Hugs for all of you too, Benji.
M(om) wants me to wave my magic tail. Apparently, all kinds of dirt is being stirred up in the human world. So much even, that we hardly watch the news anymore. While I really love to help stir up dirt, I am not sure if I can help unstir it. M assured me that since I have acquired the title Dogtor Who (thanks Q) and am in the possession of a magic blue harness and red bow tie, anything is possible. Hmmm…, if anything is possible I should be able to get yummies out of this too. I have to ponder this over. After all, Doctor Who needs a whole episode to unscrew the world. Maybe I can get some help from Ms. Zulu. She is very wise. Yes, that is what I will do. I will ask Ms. Zulu’s help; she can be my assistant. But first a nap.
El Capitan, November 2015
Finding my sea legs
Ahoy! The boat is back in the water, so we are sailing again. It had been at least a half year since the last time I sailed. So understandably, it took a couple of minutes to get my sea legs back. Yummies did help; every sailor knows that you get seasick with an empty stomach! It was fun once I found my sea legs. Of course, they were on the boat in case you were wondering …
Today, I also got a new cape. I haven’t tried yet if it is a magic one, you know the one that opens doors. Ms. Zulu was MIA as she needed her beauty sleep. I will include a photo of her from a while back so she doesn’t feel left out. I was dog tired after all that steering. Luckily I was able to confiscate the only two pillows that were on board. After all the captain always gets first dibs.
Moi, February 2017
Ms. Zulu, January 2015
Soaking up the sun
Back in the harbor
Reminiscing at the beach
Night, night, Benji.
Reardon and his magic cape
My CCI buddy has left again with his magic cape. I wished he could have left it behind. He seems to have superpowers when he wears his cape. When he stands in front of a store he can go inside while I can’t.* I asked mom if I could have one so I could go shopping with her but she explained to me that superpowers come with super-obligations. Reardon is expected to leave his temporary home for training once he is about a year old. He then has to go through even more training. Eventually, if he completes all his training successfully, he will live with a person who needs assistance with activities of daily living and thereby improve that person’s independence.
When dogs such as Reardon are unable to complete the CCI training they are adopted by one of the families that are on an adoption waiting list. In that case, they may become a therapy dog like me. I hope Reardon succeeds in whatever his destination is. It would be nice if we could meet again someday in the future. I also hope that he has always enough time for playing in his busy schedule. Because you just can’t play enough.
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Reardon and I goofing around after school
I am so excited! We are having a visitor at our house for four days. Meet Keane, he is a CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) puppy in training. He will ride the elevator and go shopping later today. Wished I could go too. Keane even gets to wear a special cape, like superman. Keane’s cape shows people that he is being socialized and in training. One of my friends came over to say hi to Keane.