Hey there! My name is Bravo. I was born on August 4, 2018. When I was eight weeks old I took a long road trip from Arizona to California. Upon my arrival I entered my new home, Soledad’s most finest, CTF Men’s Prison. I love it here, I love all the people, I love all my dog friends - all 6 of them to be exact, and I love all the learning I get to do here. So far I find snuggling, wrestling with Country, he is closest to my age, and learning new things to be amongst my favorite activities. My most advanced skills I know so far are opening doors and caring items for my people. My handlers think I am the smartest dog in this place, but shhh don’t let my friends know. Although I am enjoying life right now, I am anxiously awaiting my future promotion to Service Dog.
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Hey guys, Bravo here! This month I've gotten to hang out a lot with my puppy raiser. We went to a bunch of places and I met so many new people. I went to a brewery and I got to go to the beach for the first time! My friend Ashley went too, so we got to play together. They took me to the World Champion San Francisco Giants Stadium too, and I made sure to be on my best behavior! I've also been working on all my skills to become a service dog. I'm a pro at "speak" and I have been learning how to remove clothing, help stand up, get my leash, and identify name tags as well! I got to show off all the things I know at Toby and Sonny's graduation. I can't wait to see what I am going to learn next! Bye for now!
January 2019 Update
Hi everyone! I can’t believe I’m already 5 months old! Since I have been growing up and I finally have all my shots, I can go out into the real world now. It was only my second time out and I went to AT&T Park. I watched the Giants play baseball! Well, actually I pretty much slept the whole time, but it’s not as much fun when you aren’t allowed to chase the ball! I also went to some stores and the NLK9’s were there with me and my weekend mom. They said I was doing awesome! I’m loving my school and really am learning a lot from all my Uncles. I am learning how to open doors and how to speak Spanish. They said next month we were going to try this new thing they called turning on the light switch. It sounds so interesting to me, I can’t wait! Since I am the only black lab in the program right now I get special nicknames that no one else gets to have. So far my favorite is black ninja! That’s all for now, but you should check in with me next month to hear what else I have been up to!
P.S. Tell Santa we at CTF like puppy toys. I hope I get to meet him when he comes…
December 2018 Update
Hi Friends!! Happy Holidays! I have been having so much fun learning new things! My handlers tell me they think I was born for this job. I don’t know what that means, but I do feel like nothing else in the world could make me happier than getting to put all my skills into use. Then I’ll be able to help someone out in my future! Currently, I am carrying my lunch from the dining hall all the way to our bedroom (which I hear is like a half mile). I like to help with carrying just about anything, but Rob and Tony say I have to wait a little bit longer before I can handle the heavy things. I am a confident puppy though, I love the jumping and playing on the wobble board and the balance beam! My favorite times are when all my friends are learning with me! We usually do these things called “Like Me’s” together, which is where we get to copy each other. Those games are really fun! I think I’m starting to really get the hang of it. These guys Rob and Tony sure are great! I never have to do things I feel comfortable with, and they say I’m awesome and give me lots of love and treats. I love this school! Thanks everyone for your support, I heard I wouldn’t be here without you! So BIG thank you.
November 2018 Update
October 2018 Update