Ramona, DeeDee and Deb
After the dogs had a potty break, we started practicing commands for our practical working exam. Everyone at Goodwill has joked that Murphy is the diva of the dogs. He doesn't like wearing his service dog vest. It is such a distraction to him that he has a hard time following commands. Ramona provided me with a smaller vest that I put on Murphy for the practice session. I could tell he was having a hard time focusing because I had to give him commands multiple times. As we made our way around the stations in the classroom, he was able to perform the tasks but needing a lot of targeting.
Murphy turned the light off
Murphy just wanted to love on me
Take to Ramona...your other mommy
Each team went to the office with Ramona one at a time to practice a very important command of find help. This command will be of great help to Mason, Rich and me if we ever need assistance and can't go get someone. Our dogs will be able to go get help for us by 'alerting' someone in the house by nudging the hand of the first person they come to with their nose. I can think of many times this command would have helped me in the past.
Murphy is not happy about wearing his little vest
Ramona and I also worked on a new command for Murphy. Annabelle likes to ride on the footplate of my wheelchair with me. I thought this would be a good option for Murphy if the ground is too hot for him to walk on or if there is something dirty I don't want him to have to walk through. We started by having Murphy lap (put his front paws in my lap) and then Ramona picked his hind legs up and placed them on my footplate and I said ride. It will take time for Murphy to learn this new command but Ramona thinks he will be able to do it.
Today our lunch was brought in by Cindy who is VP of Missions Services at Goodwill. We had Jenkin's fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, okra, and corn bread.
Ramona, Tim and Cindy
In addition to all this great news, Rich FINALLY got his wheelchair fixed. That's right, he has been without a vital function of his wheelchair for a WEEK now. I really wish there was a quicker turn around time on having a repair made to our wheelchairs when they break.
Despite the threat for bad weather, we decided to head to Target so we could take our public access exam. Murphy was still in his vest but when we got to Target, I couldn't get him to pick up his leash. Ramona suggested we remove his vest and instead put his service dog bandana on. Once we did this, Murphy followed my commands and we were out of the van ready to take on the world.
Let's go to Target
Rich goes to Target...with Topper
Murphy hanging out on the baby aisle
Topper and Rich
Walking around Target
Carter with Murphy
Mason and Danny
Carter, DeeDee, Murphy and me
Just a stroll through Target with Rich and Topper
No Murphy you can't have those treats Ramona dropped