Poppy Goes to Kindergarten

Yes, I know Poppy is a dog.  As in raising children, however, things have changed in the past 25 years since we got our first poodle and went on Standard time.  We’ve been on Standard time for mostly 25 years now, and, well, time marches on.  Or rather, poodles march on and people try to keep up.

As I informed you a week or so ago, Poppy had selected her new clothes to go to school.

 She thought it was to be boarding school, but her parents had a change of heart.  She is, after all, just 7 months old, so it was decided she would go to kindergarten, a more appropriate age-level classroom.  (Yes, she is still wearing the same outfit.  It is very hard to get her to change.)

Of course, she had to have her physical before going, so she visited her friend, the vet, on Friday and decided she’d stay overnight there for a couple of nights.  This was good experience.  (And the house was full of new people for the weekend, interfering with her nap times.)

On Tuesday, Poppy hopped into the back seat of the car while The Authorities drove her to her new school.  She and the Authorities paid a visit to inspect the school, Greymont Kennels in Fairview, Tn, but most of the time she had to wait outside for Mother Superior  (No No!  This is NOT a Catholic school) Authority to double check that all was appropriate and clean and well, you KNOW how Mothers are.  Anyway, it was approved, and Poppy was invited to come spend the following day for a ‘personality evaluation.’

I am not kidding.

So, on Wednesday morning, bright and early (school starts at 8 a.m.), Mother Authority and Poppy, in the backseat because, as we all know, children under a certain weight can not ride in the front seat, set off for the school.  Poppy was very excited.  She recognized it immediately and could not wait–COULD NOT WAIT I TELL YOU!!!!–to get her collar and leash off and go with the nice lady to join the other children canines in the back room.  They all congregated there before they went out, as a group, to the playground.

Mother Authority was asked to return between 3 and 4 and, at that time, a trainer would give Mother the report card for Poppy’s personality and it would be determined whether or not she could attend.

She passed!  I don’t know if she was happier or Mother was happier, or the school was happier, but she passed.

Poppy was a little bit nervous, but warmed up during the afternoon to the other kids  puppies and played and worked well with them.  (Always nice for a Mother to hear, don’t you know.)

She took her nap in the kennel when the rest of the group did, enjoyed the various activities and learning experiences.  It was determined that she LOVES LOVES LOVES humans.  Dogs, mostly too, but all humans.  This is likely because she considers herself a human.

Mother was told that such classroom activities develop social skills for canines with one another and Poppy needed to learn dog language.

Mother was perplexed to hear this.  I mean, she does speak Poodleese, but didn’t know she should speak dog as well.  It is a foreign language to her.

“Obviously,” said the trainer.

Poppy doesn’t speak dog very well, but is learning.  She will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays for a few weeks and an evaluation will be done at the end of the period to see if she is ready to move along to the next level.  Meanwhile, Poppy will receive a report card at the end of every single day she attends so that Mother Authority can keep track of her progress.  Or lack thereof.

One of the big concerns for Mother Authority is what to pack for snacks and lunch.  Do the other kids have peanut allergies?  Peanut butter is Poppy’s favorite treat.  Are they allowed to have treats?  Should her name be attached to her coat and all her belongings?

Another benefit to this school is that Poppy can take the bus if she wants to.  Or her parents wish her to.  For $10, the bus will come and pick her up and for another $10 bring her home from school.  It is a nice option to have, although I don’t believe Poppy is quite ready for this yet.  However, in a pinch, it’s a good option.  She would like a window seat.  Of course.

The Authorities are already planning for Poppy’s future education.  After elementary, junior and high school, she will need to go to college.  Tuition has increased as we all know.  There is great concern about funding said education, but The Authorities have assured Poppy that if she studies hard, does well, they will help her through college.

While she has not yet decided upon her career, it seems likely she will go into the geriatric health care field.

Didn’t I tell you things have changed?




6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie Pilozzi (sis)
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 17:16:22

    I’m so glad Poppy passed and will learn alot at her new school!!!


  2. harpethview
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 21:01:15

    We are hopeful. We are hopeful indeed.


  3. vickie
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 09:37:23

    I see a book about her adventures coming to stores very soon. Perhaps even a “Lifetime” channel movie. Lol. Love the way you can spin a tale!! Thumper


  4. harpethview
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 11:25:49

    Well, dear Thumper, that’s just it. It isn’t just a ‘tail’….what I wrote in this post is the Canine’s Own Truth. I can’t just make this all up, you know. Glad you enjoyed.


  5. sosew
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 08:06:14

    It is wonderful that Poppy has such caring parents. She will enjoy her new friends while getting the education.


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