June 30, 2009
Well, we had her for one day, but she needs to have some pics out here. This is "little pink girl" the day at our house. I guess she was worn out. Wish she could have slept like this through the night!!!
Here she is just hangin' out on the steps. Cute isn't she??
June 28, 2009
We first met Marley when she was 13 weeks old. She only stayed at our house for a few days last February. We kept her very busy. We went to the movies, a couple restaurants, and she was our "moneymaker" at a Mounds fundraiser.
Marley is seven months old and will be staying with us for the next two months. Tonight her greatest fear was put to the test - drums. There were ten marching bands practicing, basically in our backyard, at the high school. She was more accepting and relaxed listening from inside the house.
Stay tuned for the future adventures of Chocolate Marley, the big dog.
"A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature. You can't get it by breeding for it, and you can't buy it with money. It just happens along." - E B White, The Care and Training of a Dog
June 27, 2009
It is truly an amazing example of the difference that these dogs make in the lives of their visually impaired handlers. Two shy, fearful, and often panic stricked boys have been transformed into confident, outgoing, and humorous boys. Every time you see the team working together it brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.
The celebration obviously included the family and their dogs, but it was also an opportunity to show appreciation for the breeders, puppy raisers, and trainers. Here is Moby with his proud "mom", puppy raiser Tina.
It takes a pack to raise a guide dog.
Hopefully our charge, Cinder, was inspired to someday have a job. She did very good reacting with the mass of humans and canines.
After "her party", we forced her to make another trip to the grocery store. Since it was late, we were able to took a few photos.
June 25, 2009
Our ulimate destination was the carnival. On our way, we stopped to see Buddy, Kane, and Sable to drop off some freebies from the Dog Fest. Cinder was not well behaved when meeting her pals - needs work. A planned five minute drop and go turned into a one hour caravan of canines and humans. With the Petrys and their three dogs, we were an even bigger spectacle walking through the midway. Not sure what John and Marty thought of being the center of attention, it takes a while to get used to it. Many people thought that all four were service dogs.
Buddy handled the experience well given his year of training. Kane and Sable became a bit anxious as it got darker, but handled it well. Cinder shied away from the clickety-clack of the children's roller coaster. She needs work; we will make a repeat appearance on Saturday.
"Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane." - Smiley Blanton
June 24, 2009
Wednesday is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) day. We had to pick up our weekly supply of vegetables. It was Cinder's third trip to the Blue Moon Farm. She practices obedience on the farm visits. She didn't do too well on STAY tonight, until I put her on a STAY in the shade.
She also gets to meet some new people and creatures. Cinder has been getting acquainted with six or seven future participants. She even got a kiss from one this evening.
As we were making friends with the pigs who are fully committed to the CSA, we were talking to the Kristin, our farmer. I mentioned how one of the questions that we often get is "How can you let the dog go after raising it?". It must be easier than raising pigs. Kristin said that she recently acquired her first pet and it is strange for her to care for and nurture an animal that will not end up on a plate along side the fall vegetables.
"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
June 23, 2009
Our OccuPaws get together was held in Oregon so we didn't have to travel which meant we got to eat before ten o'clock. We meet at the library and the dogs were told to DOWN STAY for our "brief" hour long discussion. Four children were put in charge to enforce the STAY and discipline any offenders. The old man in the group, Reggie, did awesome - Cinder not so much. She just couldn't resist the kids and she broke loose with an occasional whine.
Finally outdoors, Reggie practiced his curb work with a group distraction and the others practiced HEELing. Our final destination was the band shell to listen to music. Marley didn't care for the loud noise, but eventually settled. A few meet and greets before returning home for dinner, ear cleaning, and nail trimming.
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." - Milan Kundera
June 21, 2009
However, this weekend we were prepared.
As Cinder was getting a drink today, a little boy was watching the puppy very closely. He told his mom that the puppy was drinking out of a hat. We were wondering who he was taking about, then we both smiled as it hit us. He was referring to our portable "hat" bowl.
"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog." - George Graham Vest
June 20, 2009
It's hard to believe, but this is the first time that we have traveled with Cinder. She adjusted well to a new house and thoroughly enjoyed having new squeaky toys to play with. She played non-stop for two hours before bedtime.
Her only issue was with the dog at the "new house". Cinder was very cautious at first, barking a few times. They eventually made friends.
Today's events included a stop at the Appleton Farmer market, where we heard "No Dogs Allowed", but more often "She's a Guide Dog in Training. Don't Touch". After a bite to eat, Cinder went to a party at the assisted living facility to visit grandma #1.
A few meet and greets this morning when we stopped to drink and cool off. Many compliments on her training and temperament throughout the day.
Next, we stopped to see grandma #2. Cinder roamed the backyard playing with a ball and cautiously investigating the swimming pool. She got too close and the raft gave out completely submerging her head - quite refreshing.
After drying off, she accompanied us to our dinner where she slept under the table. Finally home again, Cinder got to eat, rest, and then another hour of play before bedtime.
June 18, 2009
Like most dogs, Cinder is always happy to go. It doesn't matter where, she just likes to go. Once she gets to the destination, Cinder waits until she can go again. Tonight Cinder went to a going away party where she laid quietly on the patio for a couple hours. Then she got to go inside the restaurant and wait during our dinner. After dinner, more "go" back home and then go for a walk. She has been very observant to noises and movement on her night walks.
Tooth Update: Only one baby tooth remains, her lower left canine. When the adult teeth come in or when the puppy food runs out, it's time for adult dog food. Obviously Cinder has been teething for the last week which explains why she constantly has a toy in her mouth and why portions of our personal items (boot, purse, blanket) are missing or frayed.
My dog's not spoiled ... I'm just well trained !
June 17, 2009
June 16, 2009
Our session focused on handling the seven puppies and discussing the plan for puppy rotation. While we checked on the puppies' progress, the Big Girl played with Marley, Echo, Mollie, Skeeter, Envy, and the pink collared female puppy. Marley and Cinder wrestled non-stop with the exception of a time-out for Cinder's last puppy shot.
Our "Big Girl" is starting to act like a "normal" Labrador. She is finishing her two cups of food in one sitting and still wants more. Cinder reached another milestone this evening. After playing for a bit I called her over to test her recall, her mouth was full of blood and she was missing a canine tooth. She lost her first puppy tooth, getting ready for her Big Girl teeth.
Echo's harness training continues. He has learned to walk straight which is very important and he started to work on curbs yesterday. Chris and Echo both appear to be quick studies. Keep up the good work.
The numerous garbage bins were not an issue. She does keep her distance when we move ours out to the curb. There were only a few items that caused her to pause for an extended look: motorcycle, flag pole, patio lights.
Any time Cinder saw a person walking, she would stop and follow their progress. She did try to grab a few of the spots on the sidewalk caused by the streetlights shining through the trees.
For the most part she was more surprised by noises than fearful. Overall not a big deal, but you never know how she will react next time.
June 15, 2009
Slick, Mark and Barb came to visit me again today.
What a joyous day and ev...wait, what - visit the vet???
No thanks, maybe next year...Well OK, I guess she can take a look at me.
No, Tino, I'm really OK. It doesn't hurt. She's just looking at me - NO SHOTS today - yipee.
Oh, wait that tickles...yes rub my tummy - mmmmmmm.
Well I guess I'm in good shape fellow pups. Thanks for joining me Slick.
That's me making cycle sounds...pretty good huh??
How do you like my new ride - got it special for the "Hogs for Guide Dogs" Poker Run. I'm gonna be the baddest mutt there!!
Errr, why no officer, it's really not my Hog. No, I don't have a license to drive one,,,unless my rabies tag counts???
Rev rev rev kiddies,
I got a new trainer today. Mom and Dad's Grandpup Evan decided to put me through my paces. I decided to actually test him instead. First of all, we started with loose leash practice...wait Evan, a little looser, you're cramping my style.
Oh Oh, looks likes he's been to the Marlene Training Academy...he's got way too much control over me. I'll just have to give him a correction I guess.
Now just TRY and control this wee human - who's da strongest dawg inna world - SuperSlick, that's who. Come on now, follow the boss.
OK, OK truce - I give up. You da man!
All for now,
June 12, 2009
At night when only she and I are awake, she lies on my feet as I read or blog, follows me to the bathroom to brush my teeth, and escorts me as I put out the trash. My shadow, Cinder, follows me everywhere I go.
And I mean everywhere - can't even take a shower without a furry black head poking around the curtain to check on my whereabouts. We just returned from a walk and working in the yard, so she might have been a little thirsty too.
In addition to licking toes, Cinder has another little quirk. When exiting the house she will stop, extend her paws, and stretch on the threshold. Don't tell her, but it reminds me of a cat.
"In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man." - Maurice Maeterlinck 'Our Friend, The Dog'
Lilly reporting here. Yesterday was another training day for Tino and me. I was pretty excited to see Mark and Barb when they came for another training session.
They wanted to see how I was getting along with my new pal, and I can say Tino and I are best pals. He doesn't want me to be too far away from him.
and he tastes really really good - yum yum.
Tino was feeling pretty good so we went for a short walk in the neighborhood and into and out of some stores. I had to keep reminding Tino not to let go of me or I would get lost.
Then when I showed I was being good, Tino's Mom took over leading me. She isn't quite as tough on me when I want to go fast, but she's learning. I think I'll start listening to her in another lesson or two - got to keep those humans on their toes.
Anyhow, we had a good time and to help Tino hang on the harness better, she is going to get him some very dark sunglasses...very dark!
June 11, 2009
Well, this week has been fun with everyone. They tell me that once I passed the "cow" test, I was ready for a little people test. So I got introduced to Mindy's Pup, Jacob. I put up with hair and ear pulling, eye lid lifting, firm petting and they told me I was so good putting up with that abuse. Hah, they think a little of that could hurt after surviving a "Slick Playtime".
Then, he thought it would be a good idea if we checked to see if the kennel was big enough for two. Dad wasn't fast enough to get the picture of Evan laying down with his head on my side, but did take this one. Conclusion, I like kids and my tail was not a lethal weapon.
After the Jetroom (no food again) we went to Mounds East to set up the OccuPaws booth. We got to meet lots of people who thought we were really good dogs and everything. One woman said we were so good, she went back to the counter and bought 2 doggie bones and gave one to Slick and one to me....wheee food!! But Mom and Dad said we would have to wait til we got home to have them. :-(
Finally, time to go home and Mom said one more test for me - sitting in the front seat. Slick said it was easy but I got sorta had no room and got stuck!!!
Well all for now,