*as of 8/6/2019
Hello, I'm Leon and I'm an English chocolate Labrador Retriever. I'm lovable, energetic, and fun. Almost everyone comes to love me at first sight; I'm adorable. I'm very confident for my age, and I believe I can expand it even more as I mature. I hope to become a service dog and graduate with full public access.
From Leon's Handlers
See Leon's Progress Below
This month I’ve been learning to give the items I retrieve. Also, I’ve been learning to climb on top of benches and racks, so that I can build my confidence. I don’t normally jump on things, but I know eventually I’ll have to be confident enough to do it when I need to. I still need to grow a bit taller for a better leap. I have kennel cough right now, so I can’t play with my friends until I’m better. For now, I’m enjoying time alone, long walks, and doing some exploring. It’s wonderful! Talk to you next time!
July 2019 Update
Hello everybody! This is your young, male chocolate Lab at CMC-West. This month I’m working on opening and closing doors, retrieving items, and identifying items, such as a leash, a book, a remote control, and a monkey. It’s not easy work, but I’m making’ it happen. My walking could use a little work because there are so many things to distract me while I walk. I’ll keep trying my best until I get it right. I want to be the best service dog ever, so I need to refine my skills. I know I can do it! My favorite playmate is Hana. She’s always got me on my back, but its only because I let her think she’s winning. Thanks for reading this message and I’ll see you next month.
June 2019 Update
Leon here! This month I've been working on my walking. I have a tendency to walk behind my handlers, but I realize what I'm doing as soon as they call my name or slow down. I'm getting better. I've also gone swimming this month! I'm still young, and I'm getting used to being in a swimming pool. I'm sure I'll enjoy it more as I mature. And, I'm even learning to count numbers. It helps me get smarter. In the end, I want to be the perfect friends, companion, and assistant for my future human so we can enjoy life together. Lately, I've been enjoying time with my friend Maria. She comes into my crate once a day and we wrestle, of course, I take it easy on her because she's little and because I'm the perfect gentle puppy. Yeah, that's how I roll.
May Update 2019
Hey everyone! This month I'm working on my walking, learning to open and close doors, and I'm learning counting and identifying shapes. When I master my walking technique I will not be a burden on anyone who may be trying to walk me. Opening and closing doors is a good skill because my future veteran or first responder may need my assistance in retrieving medication or water. If I open a cabinet door to get an item, I can close the door after myself so that my person won't have to. And if my person needs me to tug open, or close a bigger door I'll be able to do that too. During playtime I love to wrestle with Hana. We take turn pinning each other down. And for treats, I love banana, apples, and carrots. That's it for now. Talk to you next time.
April Update 2019
This is my first update ever! I could not be more excited. This month I'm working on "yes or no" choices so that I'll be able to communicate better with my human companion. I'm also working on "ick," so that I won't pick something up that may be harmful to me. I'm even learning to walk without pulling ahead or lagging behind. I'm learning my name, how to be patient, gentle, and going to the restroom at the appropriate time. It's not easy, but once I learn and perfect all these things, people will enjoy having me around because I'll be so well-mannered. So please, everyone wish me good luck! So far, I like to explore in grassy areas, play with Faith, Hana, and Cooper, and I like cheese. My favorite toys are tugs and stuffed animals.
March Update 2019