Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups

Helping dogs on the road to forever, forever finding ourselves as we walk that road with them.

Balton the Brave: Super Hero Flight School


Life as a superhero in training is perhaps a little different for Balton than the average caped crusader. While other heroes are working on leaping tall buildings in a single bound or using superhuman strength to carry cars over their heads, Balton works on not sweating the small stuff and using superpuppy self-control to keep calm and carry on.

Following Balton’s beautiful stranger moment, I didn’t think it could get much better for the week in class. But it did, because our classmate wasn’t the only one who had noticed Balton’s good behavior. After nearly a year of hard work and much practice, Balton earned a new cape.


Okay, not a cape, exactly. But close. This orange bandana is what they give to Rowdy Rovers when they are allowed to go to a “regular” class. It means Balton has  shown enough confidence and skills through his behavior modification to try one out, so he can work on his training skills in a new environment. Much like the capes that he’s worn before, this orange bandana must be worn in his new class, so the other students and new teachers can easily identify he needs space, and Balton can learn without getting overwhelmed by other people not familiar with Rowdy Rover protocol being too close or making him uncomfortable. But unlike those other capes, he’s earned this one. And he’s going where no Balton has dared to go before.

Our caped crusader’s next adventure is going to be different. It’s going to be new, which means it’s probably going to be just a little scary at first. But I know his teachers will help me to help him feel safe, just as a good super hero sidekick helps to provide backup. And if we do a good job, B will have found one more not-so-scary place in this world.

We hope you’ll wish us a little extra Lucky Dog luck this week, but more than that, we hope you’ll send us lots of encouragement for superhero courage.


Author: faithtrustnpups

Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups is a combination blog for animal welfare, humane education/positive training, recognizing the beautiful bond that exists between pets and their people, and other fun stuff. I share information about adoptable pets in the DC metro area, promote animal rescue and resources to support adopters and fosters, and share stories and lessons related to the dogs I care for. Much of my writing is for especially my "foster failure" with some specific fear-based issues. In an effort to help understand often wonderful, sometimes challenging dogs like him better, I learn to understand myself. Together, we share our stories, and walk together, leash in hand, and in building faith and trust within one another and within ourselves.

9 thoughts on “Balton the Brave: Super Hero Flight School

  1. Congratulations Balto! That orange scarf is pretty cool. You and your mom are my inspiration. I am going on a little trip to Peaceable Paws tomorrow for some extra guidance on my own “journey”. Good luck in your new class! I know you will do great. best wishes, Roxy Lulu


    • Thank you Miss Katie! Roxy is such a rock star and Mama and I have heard that the Peaceable Paws classes are really wonderful. Please let us know how your excursion goes, can’t wait to hear all about it!


  2. Congrats to balton. Good luck on the next class and his cape is awesome.


  3. Super Balton!!!! You guys are BOTH going to do great! Keep in mind that each new level is a good challenge and that he is supposed to be where he’s at! You guys are gonna rock it, I just know it!


    • Each new EVERYTHING is a good challenge in our world. 🙂 We’re very excited that this window of opportunity has opened for us though, it’s been a long road to get this far! Thanks for always being such a super cheerleader for us!


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