May 9, 2014
Mrs. Matthew's second-grade class loves to have Future Leader Dog puppies visit. They are well-educated on how to interact with working dogs, so they wait for permission to pet. If no permission is given, they might be disappointed, but they understand why.
FLD Bandit snuggles on my lap while I answer questions. Some students want to know how LD Dutch is doing in Pennsylvania (he is doing great). Others want to know why Bandit is going to prison. Many share stories about their own dogs.
|Mrs. Matthews takes a photo of her class and FLD Bandit on my lap. I am holding a Nylabone for Bandit to chew - instead of my hands!|
After a while the children back up along the edge of the round rug and I set FLD Bandit down. He shows off for them, demonstrating how he's learned SIT, DOWN and TOUCH. He is also learning "leave it." Because Bandit stays focused on me, the children are allowed to pass by, one-by-one and give him a pet. He hardly notices the attention. (The treat I hold in my hand is more interesting to him!)
When the students return to their desks, FLD Bandit and I take a seat by the door and hang out for a little while.
|FLD Bandit hangs out with the second-graders. They are learning math!|
|FLD Bandit says, "I know the answer!"|