*as of 12/7/2020
Hi! My name is Cole, and I am a Labrador Retriever. My birthday is February 16, 2018. I love food more than anything in the whole world, except love that is. I can retrieve items, open doors, pull down zippers, take off socks, and I am currently learning to turn on the lights. Many people say I look like my brother Gregor; one thing that we have in common is we both have cool looking eyes.
From Cole's Handlers
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Hi everyone, how are you? It's been hot lately but my human teacher takes me to the park to have fun in the sun. I've also been helping my friend Blitzen in school, showing him how to tug open doors and alert humans. I love playing with all my friends, having fun in the sun, running in the water, getting chased, and chasing. I've been looking at the humans and for some reason you humans like to cover your nose and mouth. How do you smell all those wonderful smells or eat all those great snacks? Humans are funny and silly. Well, stay safe and I'll stay Cole. :)
May 2020 Update
Hi everybody! How are you doing? Well, I've been missing all of you, especially my weekend parents. I've been doing well in school, teaching all these young pups great manners by leading in example. I see people walking with those funny things on their faces, which makes me wonder what that's all about. Hang in there!
April 2020 Update
Hi everybody Cole, here! I have great news. I went to the vet this week! It was so much fun taking a road trip. I'm also able to hang out and play with all my friends again. As a senior, I'm showing the new group of humans what a service dog is like. I just taught them a "like me." I've been on the sidelines for most of this year, but Colester is back! :) #TeamCole #ColeWorld
March 2020 Update
Hi everybody!! This is Cole checking in, so this month is a big one for me because it's my birthday month which means I'm one of the oldest dogs :) I'm leading by example with my magnificent manners. I also went to the vet so he could tell me how I'm healing. Of course I'm doing well I just get excited because I miss playing with my friends and going to school. My recovery is the most important thing. Thankfully everybody in the NLK9s team loves an takes care of me which has really allowed me to heal. I love food and really miss playing. As we say, love is all you need! #ColeWorld #ImAChamp
Check out this collage my puppy parents put together for my birthday!
February 2020 Update
Hey, everybody! Happy New Year! I already got to kick it off with a bang! My friends Cooper, Gregor, Buddy, Crawford, Ruthie and I all took a field trip to CMC East! We were the first group of. dogs EVER. We said hi to sooo many people of course they loved my eyes and kept calling me "Mr. Handsome." I also had surgery on both of my elbows, so I may look different with my hat on and hair cut on my legs. For now, I can't play, run, or jump so I just hang out in my area. I'm glad I have such great friends who love and take care of me. #ColeWorld #TeamCole
January 2020 Update
Hello again everyone! I've had a really good month, I went to a rugby game a few weeks ago. Last weekend, I went to a high school football game and got to hang out on the sideline with the fellas.It was my first time for both and I really got a kick out of watching them two-legged humans running around after a ball; I was like, "give me a chance and I'll show them some real running." I also got some beach time and I love swimming in the waves, but my moms been tripping out screaming for me not to go out too far, but I'm like, "I don't get this much fun everyday, so I do my thang." Stay posted on my updates because I'm going to be graduating in a few months.
October 2019 Update
Whew this month as been busy! I’ve been splitting time with my teacher with my 12 week old half-sister Jenni. Between showing her proper daily etiquette for life with humans, I’ve just been working on polishing up all my skills. Here’s some really exciting news. I ran in my first 5k run with my puppy parent! Everybody said I was a huge hit. That’s it for now, talk to you next time!
June 2019 Update
Hi everyone, it’s Cole! Lately I’ve just been reating. Rosa took me to the vet, where I fell asleep, and when I woke up, I had a cone on my head! Before I went to the vet though, I had been working on answering “yes” and “no”. I know what both mean, but sometimes when I’m being asked a question, I don’t pay attention, and I pick the wrong answer. So, I’ve worked on watching the carefully the whole time to make sure I can give the right answer. I’m doing pretty great now and I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported my journey to becoming a service dog. Make sure to come back to hear about what I’m up to and check out my videos on Facebook!
March 2019 Update
Hey Everyone! It’s my birthday this month!!! I’m finally going to be one year old. Only one more year until I graduate. I can’t wait to be a service dog! I’ve been learning an emergency recall, so I will be able to return to my handler at any time. I’ve also been working on putting my toys away when I’m finished playing with them. Sometimes I still forget, I’m just one year old after all. Thank you for checking in. I have to go now, it’s time for me to eat some birthday cake!
February 2019 Update
Hi friends, it’s me! Handsome Cole. Happy new year to you all! I’ve been working on learning a bunch of new skills like getting help and emergency recall. I am having so much fun with my teachers as they help me to become the best service dog I can be! Also, they give the best tummy rubs. It always makes me smile! Well, I guess that’s all! Make sure to check back in with me next month. Bye for now!
January 2019 Update
Hello everyone! It's me again-the one and only Cole. I'm happy to update you all on how things have been going. First, I want everyone to have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, please be sure you have a little turkey for me. I'm still working on my skills with handlers Glenn, Josh, and Luis. They are some lucky dudes since I'm such a smart dog that I make it easy for them to look good. However, they are always saying to me "Hey Cole can you walk a little better", but I love walking next to my companion because that is what I do as a service dog. The thing is I'm still a puppy and I enjoy exploring my surroundings. Until next time!
November 2018 Update
Hi Friends and Supporters! This month, I have been assigned to new team members at CMC and have been getting used to learning with them. I really enjoy hanging out with them, they are so much fun! They have helped me solidify some of the things I have already learned and made them easier for me. I also just learned this thing they call ‘go get help’. I have not mastered it yet but I love their faces as I bring one person back to another…it’s as if they have never seen each other before or something. Well stay in tune for the new things I will know next month!
SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE