*as of 8/6/2019
Hello there, (said with a syrupy southern drawl). My name is Delta and I'm as laid back as a lizard laying out on a rock. My handler, who calls me his "Little Cowboy," says that I am a very special yellow Labrador puppy that is going to save someone's life someday--I can't wait! Everyday I am becoming more confident and secure while always holding onto my child-like qualities because I know that these are things that make me special to everyone (being lovable, playful, gentle, analytical, and eager to be of service). You just don't know how great it is for everyone around you to love you and treat you like a big bungle of joy every time they see you! If I could stay a puppy forever I think I just might. My favorite things to do are playing in the water outside, chomping on my little furry squeaky bird, devouring a new rawhide until it looks like an old wet sock, taking sniffy-walks, playtime with my other buddies (dogs), and wrestling with my silly handler who makes us both laugh and act goofy. I make my handler feel safe like he makes me feel safe too, and he says that is going to be very important in my life as I get older. I will say that I am not a big fan of sunlight/heat, even though I do like going outside and playing (that will probably change as I grow). I'm learning how to walk on the leash pretty well right now, even though my legs are a lot shorter than the older dogs. But, you better believe I'm going to be running past everyone like a field and track star when I get longer legs and can leave 'em all in the dust! I will admit, I am a total ham when it comes to the picture thing and letting everyone see how handsome I am. Two hands in and lovey-hugs from strangers always makes my tail wag! Oh! And of course, an extra bit of kibble gets my tail wagging too! My handler is teaching me how to be polite in public and stay near him when we are on our way somewhere. I don't think he realizes though, I'm the one that is actually teaching him new things everyday. If I can make someone happy everyday of my life I think that everything for me is going to be just fine, friends. So, if you happen to see me, the "Little Cowboy" out and about, remember I am going to save someone's life!
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From Delta's Handlers
"Sometimes we start to live our lives the right way after having lived it the way in which I had for many years, (selfishly and poorly), so when you begin to fix yourself, as I always refer it, there’s things that you can’t learn on your own about yourself and that’s how having Delta makes me feel like. Through him I can now learn the fundamental principles on how to value life around me, just as I always should have been; not to mention the true sense of the word 'bond,' (trust)." - Keith Erickson
See Delta's Progress Below
Hello there all my two-legged and four-legged friends. :) Boy! It feels like the months are just flying by, and you should see how big I've grown (I've actually grown into the big paws that I was born with :)). Three tiny brown Labradoodles moved into the neck of my woods this month and I've been learning how to play gentle with them-- but, my favorite little buddy is Finn who is a chocolate Labrador. Everyone says Finn is going to be big like me when he grows up, but we all know there's only "one" Delta. :) This month I've been focusing on my social behaviors, like how to act out in public. I can easily say I'm getting the "perfect gentleman thing down."
Well, everyone that knows me will tell you that my favorite pastime has anything and everything to do with food, but let me tell you something; I really love playing with my soccer ball on the weekends and walking around on top of my trampoline. I still love chasing Nala around, however, she's either getting faster or I am getting slower, because that girl is like chasing a road runner. :) I hope all the girls that I end up chasing after in my life won't be able to run that fast. I'm excited about next month; I'm going to learn how to turn on a light switch and maybe try opening a cabinet door. Yahoo! Yep! The little cowboy rides again! :)
November 2019 Update PT. 2
Another month gone by and I just keep getting smarter, more handsome, and boy does my handler teach me so many things that are going to continue building up my confidence. I love a good rawhide, however, I seem to be chomping them up a whole lot faster than I used to with these big teeth I have now. I still run and chase the other dogs that live here with me, but Nala, who is another lab, is probably the best wrestling partner that I have here. We run, tumble and pounce on each other. I will admit I might have a teeniest weenie crush on her. :) Anyway, the "We Leash" thing is funny; my handler thinks that he is walking me, but the truth is I'm actually walking him now. :) I have learned how to carry a bag lunch or anything else in a bag all the way back home from where ever it is that we are. That right there makes everyone smile and say how cute I look; I try. :) I'm eating much slower and gentler these days, which is a good thing because I want to always be polite out in public places with my handler/ recipient. My handler asks me "touch please," and I touch my nose to the designated spot (lucky me cause I've been getting treats, too). This week, I was introduced to an empty pill bottle for teaching purposes. This, however, was a bit tricky at first cause that was what my handler used to keep kibble in. I realized right away though that I was being taught to retrieve this empty bottle for a reason; so this week I am going to practice going and getting it for Keith. We love and take of each other pretty good, so I always want to accomplish things even if it takes a few tries. id you know that humans and dogs can actually communicate better than most humans actually do? I think it's because all those technology gadgets that distract humans; a dogs life sure is a to less complicated. I don't eat yucky things off the ground anymore like I used to as a bitty puppy; I learned that it can get me really sick if I eat the wrong things. This month is going to be awesome and I can't wait to learn so much more.
November 2019 Update PT. 1
I am working on leash-walking with my handler, knowing my left from my right turns, how to identify people by going and retrieving them in the event of an emergency, "yes" and "no," so that I am always given a choice in what I want to do or need, searching under things/objects by using my nose/senses, and by my being able to learn these skills I am becoming more and more confident with myself in the world. I know this is very important! And guess what? They brought in a "Wobble Board" for all of us to play on and I jumped right on that thing like I was a professional surfer! So, I guess you could say I ain't afraid of no wobbles. I plan on learning more things this month like how to open a door maybe, or how to identify different pieces of clothing so that I can help people get dressed that have a hard time with tasks like that, and maybe how to drive a car. Hey! We all have dreams, right? Boy! Do I love a good rawhide. Sometimes I can lay there for a few hours just devouring a brand new rawhide until it is nothing left. I love to run around in the grass and chase all the other dogs, play tag with my handler, and I am afraid of absolutely nothing. I guess I could say that my all time favorite pastime is taking a nice long nap, but all of us dogs love to do that anyways (grins). So, let's just say that anything to do with getting love and attention from new people that I get to meet is probably the best because everyone loves a handsome little cowboy like myself. My favorite threat varies; one day I could totally go for a nicely cooked green bean from my weekend Mommy, and the next day I could be craving something normal like a piece of kibble from my handler who loves to spoil me with treats. All in all, and everyone can tell you this, I am a very laid back dog that enjoys just taking in the world around me and doing it all at a calm pace. Can't blame a dog for taking his time right?
October 2019 Update