Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Missing Guide Dog Puppy

Search is on for lost guide-dog-in-training
Sun-News report
Posted: 12/30/2008 12:00:00 AM MST

Argos, who was training to become a guide dog, was lost in the area.

LAS CRUCES — A 10-month-old puppy being trained to guide individuals who are visually impaired has been missing since Friday, Guide Dogs for the Blind reported Monday.
Guide Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit organization that breeds, raises, and trains canines that are later placed with visually impaired individuals who need assistance.
A Denver-area volunteer family was training Argos, a yellow Labrador, to become a guide dog as part of the program. While visiting Las Cruces for the holidays, Argos either escaped or was stolen from the family in the Mesilla Park area, said Barb Deevers, a canine communications field representative with Guide Dogs for the Blind of Colorado.
Deevers described Argos as being "reddish yellow" in color, with tattoos in both ears of an identification number. She said the dog was wearing a black collar with tags.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Guide Dogs for the Blind at (800) 295-4050.
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How sad for the raisers! I hope he is found quickly.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Speeding towards the Finish

Shaw is in phase 8 this week!  I love this accelerated program.  

Melrose and Motown are both in phase 2.

And we are getting lots and lots of snow.

Monday, December 15, 2008


I am done!  Now I finally have time to use my early Christmas present (, lol).  I got a Canon Rebel Xsi digital camera.  I have been kinda slow on using it, due to those annoying finals...but here are some early attempts. (blogger is being slow and won't let me upload alot of pictures)

The table at Thanksgiving.
Mr. Milo, our resident orange tabby.
My foster pup, Walker.  3 month old German Shepherd...amazing what comes into the shelter.
And my beautiful boy Sterling.  Enjoying our first big snowfall.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cruising along!

Shaw is in phase 6! At this rate he will graduate before Sterling even makes it back. Sammy, another sibling, has also joined the fun and is in phase 1.

Sterling is doing great: I forgot I even had a dog with me at the mall the other day.

Marley and Dante are happy, and both are on diets as my mom has been giving them too many treats. No spoiled dogs at my house ; )

My story of the week....

I got on the campus shuttle the other day, hands full or coffe cup, leash, and giant art portfolio. i didn't have time to get my sunglasses off. When I sat down, a young kid next to me asks her dad if she can pet the doggie. And her dad says...

"Yeah, thats ok, because that lady is blind and can't see anyway."

?! What !?

Needless to say, I was very short with them when I explained that I was not blind, and that you should never touch a working dog without asking the owner.

In other news...
My last final is on Monday!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Things I have done...54

Things I've Done.
To participate just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done.

1. Started your own blog- yes
2. Slept under the stars- I love camping
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower- yes
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain- all of them in PC
9. Held a praying mantis- as a kid
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris- YES!
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea- so pretty
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch- my life this semester
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning- more times than I can count
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables- we tried Tomatoes with the 'walls of water'. Yeah, they froze.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France- Yes
20. Slept on an overnight train- From Czech Republic to Poland. Passport stops at 3am are SCARY!
21. Had a pillow fight- oh yeah
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill- shh don't tell
24. Built a snow fort- yes!
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice- such a pretty way to see the city
29. Seen an eclipse- yes
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset- of course
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise- 4
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors- yes Germay
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language- yes, French in High School, which I promptly forgot
37. Had enough money to be satisfied- if the bills are paid, life is good!
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person- yes
39. Gone rock climbing- yup
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David- yes
41. Sung karaoke- does Rock Band count?
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight- mmm, peace
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business- pet sitting, oh yeah
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma- I tired! They couldn't find my vein.
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp- so sad. Auschwitz-Birkenau.
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar- ick
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle- scary!!!
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican- Europe trip
82. Bought a brand new car- my first was, (04 Subaru Impreza) it had to go, dog kennels would not fit! I now have my current car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous- yay Sundance! (Wow, the only time I have ever said THAT.)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake- unfortunatly
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Sterling is still with me, yay! For how long, no one knows, so each day is special! Motown and Melrose are both in CA for formal training. Sparky, Sterling's other brother here in Utah, has also left for formal training. Shaw is still in phase three, as of last week.

Finals are here and it is crunch time! Good thing I have a puppy to pet for stress relief before test taking.

And my little foster puppy was adopted by some close family friends on Thanksgiving! Now I will get to watch him grow (not that he has very far to go, lol)!

Bathtub Woes

At my house we have it set up so that at any given time, dogs can be put up. We have a large main area that is all tile, and the dogs are always allowed there. Sometimes Marley gets the run of this area while I am at school, sometimes he is in my room.

Well today I left him out. And when I got home, I expected to hear his excited cries (he sounds like Chewy from Star Wars). But nothing. So I go inside and listen, and i hear him whining downstairs. No biggie, I figure, my dad just stuck him in my room when he left. So I go down to let him out of my room....and, no Marley. I still hear him whining, and I look into my bathroom...


Marley is stuck in the bathtub. Now, he is not physically stuck, more mentally. There is a see-through shower curtain (that he must have pushed aside to get IN the tub) but now that he is in there, he can't figure out how to get back out.

So I pulled back the shower curtain and let him out, and man was he happy to see me!

Silly, silly pups.