*as of 12/7/2020
Hello everyone, my name is Darla. My sister, Miss T (my littermate) and I have come from Arizona to CMC-West NLK9s service dog school because it's the best in California. A lot of family members are also attending this school. Here at this school, my educators give me tons of love, attention, and choices.
From Darla's Handlers
"Darla has continued to impact my life as Gregor II has in a tremendous way. Both have continually allowed me to put all of my rehabilitation efforts into practice. They teach me the value of a meaningful and healthy relationship and to focus on the love between." -Osa
See Darla's Progress Below
Hi, friends! It's been such a long time since my last update but I hope you all have been doing great. I’ve had so much fun these past few months in school.
We’ve all been learning new skills which I enjoy so much. When I'm out on the town I’ve been doing better at not trying to greet other dogs which my Puppy Parents have helped me with by talking to me (they love me so much). I'm going out much more into stores and learning that not every smell is for me to investigate. I've also found that my vest isn’t as bad as I thought it was but I’m still not a big fan.
I'm so glad to reach out to update every one hope you're all staying safe. 'Til next time. #DARLAGIRL #FUNSIZE
August 2021 Update
December 2020 Update
Hi everybody! It's been a good month I’ve been working with my vest more which I don’t like because it's just so hideous but It's starting to grow on me. I’ve also been learning with my friends to not go into the box that humans throw away perfectly good food in its tempting but I trust my humans when they say that it's not for me and I got to go out and explore the world more which is always fun for me.
I love playing tug, going in the water, and playing. Hanging out with my friends is the best! I've been going on hikes with my puppy raiser. Talk to everyone soon!
November 2020 Update
September 2020 Update
It's Darla! This month I worked on chilling out with my humans when they do. I love to sniff around because there are so many interesting smells! I know sometimes it is not the right time to be doing that. My humans are helping me to know when it is the right time to do that. They are also helping me to know when I can just relax. Other times we have lots of fun playing tug and frisbee! Talk to everyone soon!
August 2020 Update
July 2020 Update
Happy independence day! I took a great summer vacation from school (NLK9S Academy). I got to spend time with my mommy and went to the store, post office, and the dog park. The park was awesome because I got to meet new dogs that don't go to my school.
There is also a new student at New Life K9s. Her name is Debbie and she's my neighbor. She's so cute! We play and I make sure to take it easy on her. I can't wait until she gets bigger and can play hard. Well until next time!
June 2020 Update
Hey this is Darla,
COVID 19 has placed all of the students on home-study but not me! I love my service dog school. I have been having lots of fun playing and learning. I love playing Hide-n-seek.
May 2020 Update
Hi there, it's me, Darla. I'm not liking this "COVID-19" too much because it's getting hot out and I miss swimming at the beaches and lakes. I get to play in the little baby water pool here at NLK9s school, but it's just not the same. Hang in there everybody--this will be over soon and we will all get to go out more!
April 2020 Update
Darla barking your way! Big news... I turned one year old. I had so much fun on my birthday, playing with my friends and family members. I understand that COVID-19 has closed all the schools, but here at NLK9s, it's still open as usual. I'm loving it! I'm learning so much. I pull doors open and shut them and I also have learned to alert somebody or "get help" when I need them. Thanks for checking in. I hope you all stay safe!
March 2020 Update
Darla here! I took a road trip with my Auntie Rosa and ended up at the vet. I have been taking it "nice-n-ez" ever since! Spring break came early for me. Wow! No school! :) Since the road trip, the days have been full of relaxation, KONG treats, alone time, and tons of sniffy walks. Vacations are the best!
February 2020 Update
Happy Valentine's Day. This month has been awesome. My puppy parents took me to all sorts of places; beaches, lakes, and parks where I got to explore, swim, and run around. At the park I watched people ride around on their bikes. I also worked, putting on my working badge (vest) to enter stores, and the bank with my mommy (puppy parent.)
School has also been great. I'm building more confidence running through boxes barriers, boards that were unstable, and planks. I also listen to strange sounds with my educators and watched them ride a skateboard.
My educators are also teaching me to think for myself. They asked me questions and challenged me in my abilities to help them in their needs, such as opening and closing doors, bracing them from a seated position, and alerting them to something. I think I got some of the concepts. I am able to ID objects (items)and return them to another room. Open and close the door when they asked me, I now just have to learn to anticipate to do it without them asking.
I love playing balls with my handlers, but they have cut that off and instead playing tug with me. Which is cooler because I get to show them how strong I am. And I am way stronger than them 'cause I WIN.
I'm learning and enjoying my schooling. My handlers (educators) are so loving, kind, sweet, and patient with me. Thank you for checking with me. I'll see you all later. happy Valentine's Day everyone.
Happy New Year everyone! My handlers keep calling me Little Lady now instead of Little Baby. Also, I noticed that all the boy dogs keep crying and whining, wanting to play with me. But I've been keeping away and taking it easy. It feels like a long winter vacation! There will be more to update on next month!
January 2020 Update