Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Why does Walmart think the rules do not apply to them?
Saturday, February 16, 2008
She said he was great!!! The sitter said he is one of the calmest 5 month old puppies she has watched (she has raised four pups of her own). He did not have any accidents, didn’t chew on anything, and didn’t chase the cats! I am so proud of him!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Though I played a small part in his life, I will miss him just the same. The wonderful people who gave him a home for his short, but meaningful life, will be in my thoughts. They kept on trying to find a cure, kept on giving him love, and just stayed committed to Otis when most others would have given up. Only when Otis's quality of life began to suffer did they say goodbye.
I hope that now he is healthy and strong, happy as he always was during his stay here. Run Otis, and know that you are loved and missed.
Hugo on the left, Otis on the right.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This is his beautiful mother Parkay, with her litter. Sterling is one of those black puppies.
Here is his sister Sunset. She is being raised in the Guide puppies of Seattle Club, in WA.
Here is Sarita. She is being raised in the Puppy Guides of Snohomish County Club, in WA.
Here is Sparky, his brother. He is being raised in the New Leash on Life Club, in Utah County, UT.
Then there is also Shaw, who is being raised by my leader in the Summit Guide Dogs group, in Summit County, UT.
I do not have any pictures of Shaw and Sterling on this computer, but I will add them to this post tomorrow!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I like the black labs, since their hair doesn't show in the car! This is Sterling's favorite spot; he gets to get pats while hanging out with me.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I really want a job that will allow me to still interact with dogs on a daily basis. However, I do see the need for financial security that would allow me to continue having all the dogs that I have (and hopefully my own house with a yard to put them in someday!).
I have thought about doing Occupational Therapy; they are using Animal Assisted Therapy more often in this field, and of course I would love to bring one of my own, certified and trained dogs to work!
Really I have no idea though...which brings me to my question, what do you want to be when you grow up? (Or if 'grown up' anything you wish you could change to?)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Today they said we would have 2 inch, and that it would only snow until about 10 am. It is 11 am now, and we have about 6 inch in the driveway, with no signs of this stopping!!!
Work should be interesting today, if we can even get the dogs up from Salt Lake.
Monday was my Mom's birthday, and we all went out to the Melting Pot in Salt Lake. Besides it being great food, and everyone being in an awesome mood, it was the first time my Dad had been on an outing that Sterling came on! I could tell he did not really want him there at first (The Melting Pot is a nice restaurant), but he didn't say anything and in we went. Sterling was so well behaved! Our waiter did not even know that he was there! This place had the cleanest floors of any place I have been with Sterling so far, as he only tried for one lick, and then went to sleep! My dad even said at one point that labs seem like the dog to get, since they are so mellow!
That may be true of GDB breed labs, but most I have encountered are hyper! But I was very happy for his experience to be so positive.
My favorite random quote of the week...(Sterling and I are in Great Harvest waiting to buy cookies and a women and her daughter came up to us...after I explained that he was a puppy in training.)
"But you don't look blind!"
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Here is a quick update, with pictures to come later.
He is doing well, very well up until this afternoon in fact. But then I got a bigger vest from my leader, and now we are back to square one! He defiantly has vest reactivity, and I am almost at a loss of what to do. Even with the food protocol he is balking in the new vest. We are gong to switch back to the small for a little while, but he cannot wear it forever! This is just such a weird problem. I have packs, vests, and coats for my other dogs, and they have never balked at it! Even booties on Hugo went fine after a couple minutes. Sterling has body sensitivity to some degree I guess.
In good news though he is now sleeping outside his crate and doing excellent on recalls and stays for his age!!! I can even call him when he is playing with other dogs. Dante's recall has really improved too, as he figured out very quickly that he will get a treat if he comes too!
The other boys...
Marley is doing so well; I think I might put him back into training if his evaluation with the vet goes well. Skijoring seems like a possibility too. I might start tracking work with Hugo in the coming weeks, since right now "search" means "find Tom".
Dante is wonderful as always; I think my parents like him more than me! It is such a complement though, they are always commenting on how much they like his personality and behavior: all a credit to my amazing puppy-raising skills! (Well, maybe not, but it might be!)
Same as always, rapidly coming up to midterms. I just do not get the whole medical terminology thing. Oh well, I am trying, and that is what counts, right?
One of the dogs from our group that went back for formal training in November has been pulled to be a breeder!!! The other two are still in phase three.
Sunday is Sterling's 5 month birthday!
Thursday is Hugo's 1 year Birthday!
February 29th is guide dog evaluations. (Got to work on 'down!)
End of month...midterms (bleh)
I will post pictures by the end of the week!