Yesterday was a pretty busy day. Our first trip was sort of odds and ends, depending on what the student needed to do. I worked on country routes again, just so I feel comfortable with it. Valiant did an excellent job and I don’t see us having any issues with that part of my routine. I also practiced targeting a bus stop with the clicker. Valiant did great at this, as always. He is a very quick learner and I think we’ll not have any problems targeting various items at home.
I don’t remember what breakfast was, but lunch was a pizza burger and fries. It was a beef pattie with pizza sauce on it. I forget what the rest of the meal was though. I did have the hot plate.
I played with Valiant and his toy some time during the day. He still wants to get up on the bed with his toy, but he’s getting better at not getting up there as much.
The afternoon trip was pretty fun and exerting. We went on a trail called Jockey Hollow Trail. Valiant did so well, I was really impressed. I was afraid he’d slow way down with all the things to navigate around. He didn’t though and he kept up a nice pace. There were logs to step up and over, large street roots covering half of the path that he had to go around and lots of different sized rocs and sticks. I think Brian was really impressed too. He said every time he saw something that might cause an issue, before he could say anything, Valiant was taking me around it. I think he was also surprised by how well I kept my footing and balance. I only almost went down once and that was when a huge limb caught the toe of my right shoe. I was actually trying to move it as I stepped when I realized it was tripping me up. It was a funny sight. Brian kept cracking up at the dilemmas I kept running into. We also crossed two small bridges. I’m not sure how long the trail was, but I’m thinking at least 2 miles, if not more.
I don’t remember much between then and dinner. That was a pork chop over gravy and a vegetable I can’t remember. I think it was zucchini or something like that, because I only had the pork chop. There was the usual salad plate, but again my mind draws a blank. The dessert was coconut blondie. It was like a brownie with coconut in the middle and the brownie was not chocolate though. I had the hot plate and dessert.
We had an evening lecture on dog attacks. They also gave us a packet to take home with varies things in it. I know it had a couple of the access info cards and a DVD of 3 of the videos we watched during class. The lecture just went over what to do if you ever encounter a dog attack. One of the things is to yell loudly and to carry a cell phone and call 911 on it. You can also carry a whistle or one of those pin alarm things that will make a loud shrilling noise when you pull the pin. They do not recommend you trying to separate the dogs. They also suggest carrying a disposal camera or use the camera on your phone to take pics of the dog. You also want to take your dog immediately to some sort of vet, whether it be emergency or your personal one.
After the last park, another student and I had our night trip. It went fairly well. Valiant was distracted by a dog only once and we encountered several. We also looked at the statue of Morris Frank and Buddy. Valiant had a very nice pace on this trip as well. I can honestly say I can see a much smoother walk than 2 weeks ago. I believe we’re finally getting insync with each other. I really love it. Some teams get insync right away and then others can take a while. For Valiant and I it was the latter.
I do go home tomorrow, so not sure when I can write on today’s events. I am having to do laundry since all the washers were broken. I also will need to pack at some point. We’re going to do odd and ends stuff soon and fit in last minute small things like revolving doors. Anyway, that’s an update of yesterday and I hope everyone is still enjoying the blog, even if it is getting smaller. LOL.