I took advantage of the sunshine today with a walk along the dunes at Holland State Park. The panoramic photo above was taken with my iphone. Can you spy Milo in the photo? How about his small white friend, Cooper? If you have not been to the beach to see it’s winter beauty, I urge you to do that sometime before spring arrives.
The week ahead will go by fast for students! It another four day week—teachers will be working on Friday to complete report cards and prepare for conferences, March 4-6.
We will be welcoming 2013-14 kindergartener parents to school during our Round Up meeting on Tuesday at 7 pm. This meeting is for parents and is informational focused. The meeting will run from 7-7:30 pm. I am excited to meet all the new parents and begin preparations for our newest group of students.
Enjoy the sunshine today and tomorrow. Looks like winter returns on Tuesday!
We celebrated Milo’s 1 st birthday today! The day opened with an all school sing-a-long of “happy birthday to Milo.” Throughout the day, he visited all 24 classrooms — although I heard that due to class changes for math and science, Milo missed saying hello to some friends. No worries though, he will be back again soon.
While visiting classrooms, many wondered how old Milo would be in human years. There were many proposals — the most common being one human year = 7 dog years. I found a DOG YEARS CONVERSION CALCULATOR which claims to be the most accurate predictor of age equivalence. Based on this conversion, Milo at age one is now age 10.5 dog years. In one year, he went from being a puppy to a fifth grader!
During the visits, Milo’s job was to walk by my side (unleashed) and stop to meet children whenever I stopped. He also needed to follow the commands of sit, stay and come. I am proud to report that he did exceptionally well — only straying on two occasions in search of Miss Taber and Mr. Gort, two teacher’s that seem to have the “just right” scratch behind the ears touch.
Many thanks to everyone for making his special day so memorable. Mrs. Wert’s class surprised him with some excellent jerky treats and Ellie presented him with a beautiful framed drawing. As I type this post, he is snoring away by my side, dreaming of his next visit to Georgetown.
The video below is from last April when Milo first started his training as a therapy dog at our school
While you are busy playing in the sunshine and splashing in the pool, Milo is taking classes to learn how to be a better puppy.
Each week, I take Milo to the Holland Petco to work with our trainer, James. Milo and I have learned how to do the following together: Sit, Shake, Down, Rollover, Come, Leave It, and Walk on a Loose Leash. He is doing well with all of these commands. My personal favorite is LEAVE IT…which I use with the trash can, shoes, books (yes, he will chew on books) and other no-no objects in the house. Click here to learn some of the hand signals and commands I use with Milo.
Milo goes to school with Murdock, a very happy black lab. Milo has learned to not stand in the way of Murdock’s wagging tail–and so have I!
If you have learned anything new this summer, send a photo our way with a description of what you have learned and Milo and I will post this on the blog.