Hello, I am Robbie, a yellow Labrador Retriever. My birthday is October 5, 2016. I am on my way to graduating this year. I still enjoy playing like a puppy. I am very confident, and I like to be rolled around on a rolling chair.
From Robbie's Handlers
"I didn’t realize how deep my feelings really are for Robbie until you guys talked about him leaving. I was feeling irritated, numb, and distant. I didn’t want to talk to people. When people tried talking to me I just wanted to leave. Normally I wouldn’t take the time to analyze my emotions, however I have learned from working with Robbie that I need to be aware of what is going on in me, so I decided to go running. (That's one of my coping tools.) As I was running I realized that I was irritated and numb because I was anticipating the loss of Robbie who has been a part of my life for almost two years. I was hurt and grieved over his departure. My time with Robbie has been a blessing. Sometimes it has been hard, but I have never experienced a relationship like the one we have together. I’ve never put this kind of work into a relationship for this long. I generally try to guard myself against getting too attached, but admittedly I recognize I love him. Building this relationship has also helped me in other areas. I apply the principles I learned with Robbie with my kinds and the results are evident. I have a wonderful relationship with them now. I’m so thankful for this opportunity and I am sad it is almost over." -Kris Blehm
See Robbie's Progress Below
OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE
Hi NLK9s family! September is my last full month with my handlers and puppy raisers. Since I am graduating soon I haven’t been doing a whole lot of learning, but I have been receiving a whole lot of love and affection from all the people who love me. I’ve also been able to play my favorite game everyday which is any game that has to do with a ball. I love to play catch, I like to find it when they hide it for me, and I love to just chase after it. My outside skills are mastered, my humans take me everywhere and anywhere they go so I have been able to see a lot of environments, people, sounds and sights. I am so excited for what next month holds for me. I will finally be accepted as a FULL TIME service doggie and go to my veteran or first responder anywhere they go and help them. I can’t wait to meet them! Check in with me next month, my last and final update!
SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE
I am learning how to turn on the light, I sometimes get overly excited because it’s so much fun that I accidentally mouth on it. When I am retrieving I am learning that not everything I have in my mouth is a toy. I like my shapes so much that I sometimes try to put my whole mouth on them. I have been helping my friend Dazzle learn her manners and not be rude to her other friends. I know how to help people up and down the stairs. I want to make sure they don’t fall. I also take off socks and unzip sweaters. When I graduate I will be helping my person with those skills when their back may be hurting.
AUGUST 2018 UPDATE