*as of 8/6/2019
I was born on May 5, 2017. I get really excited when all of the sudden out of no where I see my human friends in the same room as me, even though we had been in the same room for 5 minutes. My favorite game is tug and going swimming! I am learning about colors and shapes, how to identify objects, and building confidence.
From Donovan's Handlers
“I have been lucky enough to be Donovan's primary Handler/Teacher for 14 months. We have grown together, we have learned much about each other, and we have loved one another. Donovan is a very special little boy/dog who loves to love, be affectionate, play his heart out, meet new people and seems to always be there when I need him. When ever I feel down, stressed, or overwhelmed I just look up and he seems to always be there with his tail wagging and his beautiful liquid eyes saying "Here I am". He has taught me much about my self and has shown me a unique perspective on how to view the world around me. He looks at everything with fresh, inquisitive, bright curious eyes that discover the wonders of the life around him. He play-bowed to a bumble bee so that they could be friends. He's amazing. Thank you." -Wesley
See Donovan's Progress Below
Hello all, it’s Donovan here again. This month has been a bit bitter-sweet for me. I got to spend a lot of time with my brother and sister, who I love so so much, but then I also had to say goodbye to them again. But, we had so much fun! We ran around and wrestled with each other. We went swimming and we snuggled. I’m grateful that we got to hang out, even if it was for just a little while. They both got to move in with some pretty awesome families, so I know that they will be happy and loved. Safe travels to Annie and Curtis, love you always.
April 2019 Update
Hi everyone! It's Donovan. For the past two months I have been on a lot of cutting with Welsey and Chris. In the mornings, Chris takes me with him to R&R where we hand out humans their property. The rest of the days, Welsey takes me to the education buildings, the library, medical appointment and many other places where I am able to socialize, but still have to behave. We've been going on backpack walks that have been taken place mostly inside, because Wesley doesn't like to sit outside in the rain. We've also been spending a lot of time really getting to know each other because I won't be at the prison for that much longer, and my Dads want to make sure that I know everything I need to know to be successful. It's been really nice! Well, that's all for now, see you next month.
March 2019 Update
Hi everyone, it’s Donovan! I hope that you’ve been having a great new year! I’ve been pretty busy working on all my skills, since I’m getting close to graduating and becoming a service dog. I always have so much fun playing with all my friends, especially Cole. I love play time, but learning new stuff is like playing too! My favorite game is when I get to find objects and toys that are hidden under towels or boxes and bring the back to my handlers. It’s so much fun! I’ve also been practicing walking nicely, so I’ll be ready for my future veteran or first responder. Well, that’s all for now, I’m going to get back to work! See you guys next month!
January 2019 Update
Hey everyone, It’s Donavan! I’ve had a super busy month working on improving a bunch of my skills! Mostly I've been focusing on my colors, retrieve, go get help, and brace. I’ve also been going on outings with my girlfriend Gracie. She is really cute! However, she doesn’t like strange surfaces or enclosed areas, so I’ve been going with Gracie to show her how it’s done. We walked up and down some grated metal stairs and then we wrestled and played tag. She was able to see that it wasn’t so scary after all. I’m glad that I could be such a helpful boyfriend.
November 2018 Update
Donovan is a love bug and our best greeter. If you are gone for as little as 5 minutes he treats it as if he hasn't seen you in an eternity, Donovan is also a huge goofball. He loves to act silly and he loves to let puppies believe they are beating him up. He is very patient and loving to all of our babies. He is a gentle giant and loving friend.
His working on go get help, brace, retrieve, loose leash walking and impulse control. He loves loves loves frisbees and playing tug with his buddies.
OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE
Another month down, about 6 more to go! Time really flies when you’re having fun. My handlers have slowed down on teaching me things and have started to perfect the things I already know. I am working on learning new colors. I already know blue and yellow, but am currently learning new colors like red, orange, black and purple. I am currently trying to master ‘go get help’. I have a lot of fun with this one, someone is hurt and asks me to get help and I find someone to come help. I just need to remember to turn around and make sure the person heard me and is following me. I will get it pretty soon! Check back in with me next month to hear about my service dog adventures!
SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE
I have been really busy this month. I have been teaching the new handlers how to handle and teach my friends. I am a good role model, and I am glad to be helping all my team members. Not only have I been helping my humans friends learn, but I have been helping my doggy friends as well.
AUGUST 2018 UPDATE