*as of 8/6/2019
Hello my name is Koa. I am suppose to share a little bit of who I am and how I came to be with you, but the truth is, I have a "black out" period... I do not know how I ended up in prison with a two year old sentence. And I only came to realize my name is Koa because the humans, (I think that's what they are called), are constantly calling me that.
I am one out of six other Retrievers, and the rumor in Puppyville is that with good behavior we will be given weekend furloughs. I look forward to these; I have seen some of the bigger dogs, that have been here longer, getting them and they return very excited with spectacular toys and shoes. So, in keeping with my curious nature I really want to sniff and chew as I explore what is found on the other side of this chain linked fence. I have two human handlers and they both tell me I am royalty and destined to be a great service dog, helping others. I do not know what service dog means, but I can tell you everyone treats me like royalty. I even have a purple harness; they tell me it's a royal color. I'm very friendly, love to please humans, am very playful and can keep up with the big dogs; I'm very cautious and observant. Be careful, if you leave anything near me, I will sniff it and chew on it; I'm normally very obedient, unless I'm distracted or want to learn about my environment on a sniffy walk. I can walk straight on the leash until I get distracted or stopped by humans to adore me... squirrel? If I'm writing this for my future caretaker, know that I love to bond with humans, have a good temper, say (bark) very little, relaxed, love to play, cuddle, easily entertained, love belly rubs, and may be little, but will eat like a horse if you like me. Treats, treat, treats!
Still growing and understand the world,
From Koa's Handlers
See Koa's Progress Below
So this month I overheard them wanting me to have better manners when greeting others and not to be so distracted at new people and this new thing we-leash. I really like we-leash when my handler puts that sweet/ tasty white thing on leash, I grab it and wack around with my head, I want all to see that I can do it (I'm a big boy). My handler is getting better at understanding me. See I am really smart and do not always show my feelings, but he is getting good at reading my emotions, John is a good friend of mine, I love them.
I love chasing the kong around, my handler tosses it really far and I race after it as fast as I can. As everyone else watches or tries to chase it it with me, 9 times out of 10 I always win. I am really good.
November 2019 Update
What has been happening is they have been tying a rawhide and spreading peanut butter on the end of the attachment leash. I don't know what they expect from me because there seems to be a look of confusion on their faces when I get done chewing down the rawhide and licking off the peanut butter. If I'm doing something wrong, then why do they continue to reward me? Anyway, I enjoy playing. I like to take naps and I really love food!
October 2019 Update
Hey there, my name is Koa. This is my first update EVER! At the moment, I'm working on not eating so fast. My handler has taken our NLK9s educators' advice and is adding water to my breakfast and dinner. I'm slowing down a little bit because I can't eat food and drink water at the same time, so I must chew my food then swallow, or drink the water. I'm learning my colors too. I can recognize pink, blue, brown, yellow, white, black, and red. I'm getting pretty good at it and for some reason my handler looks surprised that I get them right. He gives me meats for doing something I love to do, which is to learn and expand my mind. I love playing with my buddies in the sprinklers and chasing them. It feels like we're playing tag and keep-away with our tugs. I love when I get to eat hot dogs. It's not all the time, but when I do get them, I'm so excited. That's what I've been up to. Check back next month for another update.
September 2019 Update