*as of 2/11/2020
Hello everybody! My name is Blitzen. Yup! Just like Santa's reindeer. I think it's because I was born on a cold December day. I have a yellow fluffy coat and cool yellow eyes. I got here at CMC-West at 4months old along with my sister Dancer. This is all new to use but everyone here has made us feel at home.
From Blitzen's Handlers
"Blitzen is my family. He makes me feel loved, we share all those special moments I've been missing: joy, laughter, fun, and even moments of frustration. But we always work things out because in the end it's all about the love we share. He's my other son." -Ismael
Watch handlers Ismael and Nicolas on Team Blitzen share personal life stories on prison, family, and the New Life K9s program.
See Blitzen's Progress Below
Hello everyone! I'm having so much fun this month. I've been spending the weekdays with my Puppy Parents and they take me hiking, to different stores, on the coolest sniffy walks, and to my favorite place, New Life K9s where I hang out and play with all my buddies. All of those cool social experiences have been building up my confidence. On the weekends, I come back to CMC where I spend time with my handlers and they tell me my manners are getting much better. I'm proud of me. Woof woof!
March 2020 Update
Hello everybody, it's Blitzen again and I want to wish the world a happy New Year! This year I made a resolution to bark less, wag my tail more, and make lots of people smile. I can't help but to be a little goofy sometimes. I think I get it from my handlers. But it seems to make people smile and laugh and I enjoy your smiles. My handlers made a video this month! Go to the New Life K9s YouTube page to hear them talk about what it's like working with me. I love hanging out with my puppy parents because they take me to lots of fun places and they help me out and about. Don't forget to ask if you can say hi to me. Happy 2020 everyone!
January 2020 Update
I'm having a great time being myself. Everyone is intrigued by my unique looks. I love saying hello to new people and new dogs, I'm the CMC socialite. When I bark I mean no harm, I just get so excited when I meet new people. My handlers are helping me with my excitement levels, and I'm maturing to say hello in a proper way. My manners are getting better! :) Have a great day everyone! Woof woof!
November 2019 Update
Hello humans, this is Blitzen. I am learning so much here and becoming very confident. Sometimes I get a little too excited when I see new dogs or people because I'm very social. I'm learning how to say hello properly like a big dog. That means using my best manners. The weekends are awesome because I get to explore new places with my puppy parent family. I got to see donkeys, horses, goats, chickens and ducks. At first, I wasn't so sure, but I was intrigued by the different animals and sounds. The pumpkin patch was great because I helped pick out the best pumpkins, (see picture above).
October 2019 Update
September Update 2019
Hello everyone, it's been a while and I'm doing just great here. I've gotten really confident since I first joined the program. I really enjoy playing hide and seek! Everyone tells me I've gotten so big and that I finally grew into my big paws. Sometimes when I put my paws on a window sill like my handler, I notice that I'm almost as tall as him. Maybe soon I'll be taller than him! On the weekend, I have a blast with my puppy parent family. We even went to Top Dog Coffee Bar to make new friends.
I've been learning so much since I've got here and I've been having a lot of fun! Everyone is amazed by my big paws; some human's sarcastically call me big foot! I just laugh it off. I've been using my paws to tip little boxes over to get my delicious treats. I'm not sure how they get there but I have a feeling my handler Ismael has something to do with it. I'll be watching him. I really enjoy spending time with cool, fun people. My favorite pass time is cuddling and chewing on raw hides. Check back for more updates, as I learn to become a service dog!
May Update 2019