*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 have been putting my big nose to work. My handler John is not only putting kibble and other tasty treats in the grassy areas for me to find, but now I have been finding his stuff that he's been trying to hide from me, like his hat, watch, eye glasses case, and his shoes. My nose is just really powerful that I can find them with no problem. Plus, I am really smart and have a good memory too. John even tried to put multiple items out and asked me to go find them or pick them out. Using my memory and nose I did it with no problem. John was so excited that he gave me lots of praise and love and that makes me laugh inside and wag my tail really fast and give him licks and kisses. I've also been working on going to different handlers and I remember each one too. We did lots of fun stuff this month. Also, I gave John lots of love on his birthday. I sensed he was a little sad that day. He knew I understood. At night before bed, I have come to really love and bond with John. He understands me when I am having a bad day if there is such a thing. John is a good friend who always puts me first every day.
May 2020 Update
So I've been through a lot! No more weekends with my friends and it was my birthday. It's OK though, I have my buddies here! I'm finally 1 year old (or 7 in doggie years!) My handler John sang to me happy birthday and I loved it. :) I gave him lots of love and kisses/licks on his face. He really spoiled me that day. I hope all my birthday celebrations are as good as this one. As far as my learning, I am doing awesome. That's a word my handler uses with me, especially when I remember something he's taught me weeks ago and I do it with no problem. He gives me rubs and love! I have even pulled his sock off )only once) but that's a big accomplishment for me. I don't like using my mouth or teeth unless it's treats. But I did it! John was so proud of me. We walked the whole track, also while I was off-leash. John kept encouraging me and giving me kibble. He cares so much that I do my best at all things, so we worked all the way around. I was not distracted at all. And he kept tell me, "you can do this buddy." I know I can and I did it! All my friends were roaming or chilling and I walked past them all. John praised me and gave me lots of hugs. One last thing I've been doing with John is before bedtime, I get under the bed or on top and he rubs my belly, my arms, and my head, and lays on the floor or bed with me. It's really fun and I love doing that because our friendship/bond is amazing.
April 2020 Update
Koa here! So this month, I really worked on my we-leash and I have almost perfected it. I am also working on being calm when I see my friends, canine, or human. My handler John always talks to me before we approach, so he prepares me in advance. He also gives me nice tasty treats as we get closer. I also learned how to put a ball through a hole. It was pretty cool! John gave me lots of love and praise. I felt really proud of myself. I have also been doing and learning what they call "like me's" with my handler and other handlers. Also, it is awesome to be able to work with different handlers with different voices. So, I also finally went out for two weekends with a tall friend of mine who I get so excited to see. My first weekend was super fun and wild! I was happy to finally get away from where I live. I love Justin but I needed a break from everything. A time for me to decompress and unwind. This weekend I stayed back because of all this coronavirus business going around, or something like that. Hopefully, I get to leave this weekend. My handler also told me I might be getting a new puppy parent named Christina. I met her on Friday in the yard during playtime. She seems nice and caring. I will have to remember my manners when I finally get to go with her. I always hear my handler say "be nice," "no jumping on people," and "mind your manners, please..." I know he loves me and is doing his job to teach me correctly to be the vest best of my abilities. Next month is my birthday! I overheard John making me something special. I can't wait to tell you about it.
March 2020 Update
So last month I came into my teenager ways and it has not worked out as I thought. My loud barking and pulling on leash ways did not go well for me. Thankfully, I have a handler John who has demonstrated lots of patience with me as I go through this part of my young life. He loves and cares for me and constantly reminds me to be shelving and awesomest dog that he knows that I am and fell in love with. So I snap out of it and listen and things seem to go easier for me. I learned I have a lot of names from Koa monster, and my big nose (for smelling food) I was called Brian from Family Guy. I've never ever seen that cartoon, but my handler and some of the others just start giggling I just crack up inside. I also learned I am really fast, the other dogs cannot catch me. My handler encourages me to keep running and not let them catch me. I laugh inside knowing I am so fast. One other thing, I was praised by my handler John, Nicole, and Kate for being attentive and alert to my puppy raisers son when he was about to have a seizure. I just thought something was different so I acted on my instinct. I felt awesome inside knowing I was hoping my friend in need. Also, my puppy raiser is going through some medical issues. John my hander described it as chemo therapy. I have been comforting my puppy raiser for the past couple of weekends. I just love them so much and want to be at there service as much as possible. My handler John always tells me that 2 make this day. I also received a new toy the silver coyote, who I love to chew and toss around it makes John crack up when I play with my new toy. That's all for now...
January 2020 Update
This month was busy for me, I was able to learn how to tug on a handle that opened a door with kibble inside, it was like cool, let me try this again, and there they were, kibble! But this one time there was a dice bottle and my friend John asked me to bring it to him, so I did, that was really fun. I did this fun learning exercise a few times during the month. My hander John told me to stay inside for about a week so, he wanted to play and teach me a couple of things while we had time. I have a favorite toy named Billy Goat, but after I tore him up, my handler/ friend John sewed him up and called him Franken Billy, I think he said like Frankenstein, he was cracking up and so was I and I was so excite to play and make Franken Billy squeak really loud. WE could play and tug and John would be laugh so hard I think he screamed. I started laughing too, he and I can have lots of fun anywhere, he also makes learning fun, too. He sometimes praises me with a really high pitched voice by saying "good boy" and "you are so smart buddy." I believe we make a good team, he helps me and I help him when he sometimes gets anxious or sad about something, so I go over to him and put my mug on his cap and look at him and he pets me and says, "thanks Buddy I really needed that." He really loves me and will do anything for me. I had a wonderful time with my puppy raisers over my first Christmas holiday. There were lots of food and it was really nice. I had lots of fun and can't wait for the next one!
December 2019 Update
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