A Weekend with Wendel
Service-Dog-to-be Wendel’s training is going really well, and at the moment he is doing all the Service Dog demos for visitors to the Gladys Evans Training Centre. And he remains immensely popular among visitors and staff alike, though apparently he has a thing for chewing through his leashes!
When I fetched Wendel on Friday afternoon, I asked if his weight was still good and they said he was indeed a little tubby again and had to go back on a diet. Apparently some dogs have a tendency to gain weight and Wendel is one of them – even with daily exercise.
On Friday evening he and little puppy-in-training Annie had a cuddly snooze on the kitchen floor towel while I finished a cake I was working on. He’s very good with the puppies.
All four of the dogs – GDA’s Wendel and Annie and our Riddick and Lennox – had a wonderful weekend together!
On Friday afternoon, Wendel and Annie both had an interesting experience and both handled it really well. A swarm of bees moved into the disused fountain-slash-water-feature outside our bedroom windows, and we had people come and remove them for us. The two men were walking around the garden in the big white beekeeper suits and using a vacuum to suck up the bees into a box, and it was very strange for the puppies. Annie didn’t bat an eyelid and after Wendel had barked a couple of times he listened to me telling him to “leave it” and settled down.
On Sunday morning we spent a few hours at the SA Guide-dogs stand at Hobby-X with Wendel and Annie. It was unbelievably busy and I didn’t have a chance to take any photos, but Wendel was a superstar. He handled the crowds and the cuddles like a pro!
On Monday morning, I was packing a lunchbox for my husband and brushing my teeth and such, and put the dogs out after they’d had their breakfast. It couldn’t have been more than 20 minutes but when I called them inside so we could leave Wendel, Annie and Penny (most likely the instigator) were covered in mud!
By the time I dropped him off at GDA he was a little cleaner, but he definitely needed a bath!