Archives for April 2020

Happy 9th Birthday Rogue

Today is a special labrador’s birthday. Its Rogue’s 9th birthday!!!

Its hard to believe my little red girl is already 9. She came into my life at a time when I needed a friend and someone I could rely on. I had just lost more of my sight in January, so together we discovered the world. Rogue has been a friend, an entertainment, and a loyal partner in crime. She is shy and quiet, never one to cause a problem. She helped me regain my independence and taught me it’s possible to raise and train my own service dog. Over the years, we have done tracking, travelled to different places in North America, and presented at a number of conferences. When she is with me, I know everything will be okay.

For her birthday, she got a Noxgear harness to run at night, a purple light up collar for evening walks, and a pair of Ruffwear boots. I also wanted to get her something to play with, so I ordered her a Kong toy that dispenses treats.

I am sad to know our working days are coming to an end, but I know we will have many more adventures together. Please enjoy a favourite snack for the best little red girl!!!

Happy 9th Birthday Rogue

Strange Time

I really need to get better about posting here.

It’s a strange time. Everyone around the world is in varying levels of quarantine, as there is a virus (COVID-19) sweeping the globe. Right now, Canadians are being asked to self-quarantine as much as possible, only going out when absolutely necessary.

Huib is a nurse and the Director of Nursing Care at a long-term care home, so we can only stay as safe as possible. He changes before leaving work and immediately washes his hands upon entering the house. We clean all food and packaging, and we only go out for daily walks with the dogs or for groceries once in a while. As I said, it’s a strange time.

Since Huib still needs to work, our daily schedule really hasn’t changed much. I read and do short training sessions with the dogs during the day, and in the evenings we go for a walk and watch Netflix. I miss our training classes, but at least most of it can still be done at home.

If all goes well, we will hopefully be back to our regular training schedule by the summer. I would really like Arizona and Kiana to earn their WCI, and for Kiana to finish off her JH. As for Rogue and Canyon, I’d love for both of them to earn their TDX.

I keep forgetting to post pictures, but you can see what we’re up to by following our adventures on Instagram at @ruledbypaws.