*as of 2/11/2020
Howdy ya’ll! The name is Country and my breed is handsome, aka Golden Retriever. I was born on March 29, 2018. My favorite things are wrestling with my BFF Roofus and napping on the cool floor. I love it at New Life K9s. I’ve heard that I am being taught to become a service dog one day. To me, it just seems like I’m having fun with the people I love. When I grow up, I get to help someone who needs me. I can’t wait!
From Country's Handlers
“When I set out to teach Country, I didn't expect that I would be the one learning. However, that is exactly what happened. When I witness him discover something new, it’s like I’m seeing that thing for the first time. He has a brilliant soul and is going to be an amazing service dog to someone. I am humble to be part of this journey...” - Greg Faulk
“ Being part of Country's life and journey has given me back hope. Through his unconditional love and affection he has reminded me of a side I thought I lost. He has helped me see how broken I was and has started to make me feel whole again. Country is destined to help heal, feel loved, and save someone's life. I'm blessed to have this opportunity, because of Country and NLK9s, to make amends in this world.....” - J.P
See Country's Progress Below
I think I've caught the travel bug! I went on a long road trip this month and loved it (mainly because I got to sleep the whole time). I was around a lot of people and had to be super gentle with all the tiny humans (I think they're called children). I learned how to do my chores this month because now I know how to take trash to the trash can. I'm now a whole year and a half old! Check out my "glow up!"
September 2019 Update
This is Country! I visited Sgt. Gregory's house this month and did so well! I was so excited to meet the family and my namesake. Also, I got to go to the movies with my puppy parent. It was hard to concentrate with so much delicious popcorn around me, but I settled down. I have been perfecting my service dog skills, like turning on a light switch, "come closer," and bracing for a person. Guess what? We welcomed two new golden retriever puppies to the team! It was so fun to have some mini-me's to play with. I am showing them the ropes!
August 2019 Update
Hi everyone, it’s Country barking at you! This past month I went to some interesting places, like the optometrist and nail salon. I handled it like a champ! My skills are growing everyday. I’m working on pointing out an object that was placed somewhere. When my handler asks me, “where is it,” I go get it, even if it’s in the locker. I aced learning to drop objects in a box and close doors. Big news! When my puppy parent took a tumble, I went to alert her family. It was awesome! That’s it for now—back to working hard on my education. See you next time!
July 2019 Update
Hello everyone! It's Country! I've been up to a bunch of stuff this month. I hung out in the other yard for a bit so I could show off my leash-walking skills. I also got to go to the store with my puppy raiser-there are so many yummy smelling things there! When it comes to work, I have been practicing closing cabinet and locker doors. I gotta say, I'm getting pretty good. Next month I'm going to get to work on learning to run on a leash, which is going to be super fun! Hopefully, next month I'll fit in a few more visits to the dog park too! See you all then!
May 2019 Update
Hey guys, it’s Country! I got to do so many cool things this month! I didn’t get to see my puppy raiser as much, but when I did, I got to go out to the dog park for the first time. There were so many fun dogs that I met and played with, hopefully I’ll get to go back soon! I’ve also been working on my training. I learned how to “lay down” and, I gotta say, I might just be the master of removing socks. Now normally, I run in the opposite direction when anyone wants to give me a bath, but this month I decided to give them a chance. I still don’t like getting all that soap and water all over me, but getting blow dried was pretty nice. Well, that’s all for now, I’ll see you guys next month!
April 2019 Update
Hello guys, it’s Country. This month I went to the mall. It was really fun because I got to meet a bunch of kids! I also got to play with my puppy raiser’s older dog for the first time. Usually he doesn’t feel like playing with me, but this one weekend was different! I also have been working on “getting help”, retrieving named objects, and taking off socks. I’m excited to learn emergency recall and turning on and off the light switch next month. I’ll tell you guys all about it in my next update!
March 2019 Update
Big Country here! This month has been great. I went to the library at CTF and made friends with the librarian. I was a perfect gentleman and sat quietly in the isle, allowing people to pass by. My behavior was so impressive that I was invited to visit the library on weekly basis. I wonder if they have Clifford books? In other news, I saw my buddy Roofus open a locker and then showed that I could do it too. I'm awesome. My puppy raiser took me to see her dad and I was so calm and attentive she was really proud of me. I did however become friendemies with a chihuahua who kept barking at me. I guess he doesn't like my hair or something, some people call me a lion. Well, see you all next month.
February 2019 Update
Hi everyone! This month I visited a bunch of places. I went to Lowes, CVS, and Costco!. I also had to go to the doctors office with my puppy raiser, but I was on my best behavior to make sure that I could help in any way they needed. Toby and Sonny graduated this month to go on to be service dogs! I got to show off my skills at the ceremony by removing jackets and gloves, and retrieving medicine bottles. I also got to learn a few new things, like how to pick a specific item out of a bin! Maybe by next month I will be able to retrieve two items! Well, that's all for now. Talk to you guys next week!
January 2019 Update
Hi Friends, the holidays have been fun so far, but it hasn’t stopped me from learning. For instance, I learned that I really like turkey! I also learned that Santa is a pretty popular guy. I tried to take a picture with him, but the line was too a little too long. I also showed everyone that I know how to pick up my leash when someone drops it. Everyone was surprised because I taught myself this all on my own! I can do lots of stuff people don’t know about, but I only show them when I think they’re ready. Well until next time, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
December 2018 Update
Hey everyone, Country here! I am so happy I have two new buddies to play with, Bravo and Moose! Now I am not the youngest one here anymore… but I am still the cutest! We have been having so much fun playing and wrestling. I was even able to show them how “Like me’s” are done. Oh and guess what?! I even starred in a Veteran’s day parade. I saw and barked “Hello!” at this big ‘ol dog (he was even bigger than me) but we didn’t get to play. Someone said his name is Horse. I am learning so much and love having fun while doing it. I really like doing all the group exercises because it’s always an exciting time for all of us. All my friends and people in the same place at once, having fun! Tune in next month so I can fill you in on all the wonderful adventures I will be going on!
November 2018 Update
Hi everyone, I had lots of fun this month. Now that I have a puppy raiser, I get to go to all kinds of cool places. Just last week I went to the beach for my first time. I didn't really like the water but the sand was awesome. I can dig holes in that stuff all day. I also went to the movies and watched "The Meg". It was about a big ol' fish. I have also been practicing for a demo. I'm going to show everyone how I can help take off shirts and shoes. Tune in next month to find out how my demo went!
August 2018 Update