After my introduction to Eko’s new little sister, I would have gone into complete puppy withdrawal were it not for the cute heroics of my mom’s pup Auggie.
Mr. Fluff himself
Auggie is an adorable, fluffy piece of velcro who likes nothing better than to stick by your side. The only thing softer than his temperament is his coat. We’ve had a great couple days hanging out together.
My mom is a second grade teacher and suggested I get Auggie his first adventure badge with a field trip to meet her class. I figured she was just going to use Auggie as a cute distraction.
Auggie turned on the charm for my mom’s students
The wily teacher she is, my mom turned Auggie into a teaching tool without the kids even realizing it. She had them eagerly practicing time/math ( X many weeks old = how many months?), estimation (size/length/weight) and learning about positive reinforcement.
The kids were completely absorbed. I might have to contact Guinness because I think my mom and Auggie set a world record for having over twenty-five second graders focused on the same thing at the same time
Our trip was also fun because I had the chance to talk to the class about the best way to introduce yourself politely to a pup. The kids who wanted to meet Auggie were delighted with the results of their new found knowledge.
Auggie gave a wag, a sniff and a lick before sending his new friends back to class
No matter how old you are, you can always learn a few new tricks from your mom. Whether for students or puppies, learning is always better when it’s fun. I’ll have to remind myself of that when training the new pup gets frustrating.
Well, my 48 hours in New Jersey are up so it’s time for me to click my heels and head back to Chicago. I consider this trip a rousing success and can’t wait to drive back in just a few weeks to officially add another pup to the family!