Archives for June 2011

3 Days To Go!!

Time is flying by!

We’ll be picking up our little family member in three short days!

Huib had some time last night to make our puppy’s first training jacket. we still need to attach the straps and get “Service Dog In Training” embroidered on it, but here’s what it looks like so far.

When the jacket is completely finished, I’ll post another picture, but that may not happen until Friday so you’ll get to see puppy wearing the finished product.

Monday Is For Music – Don’t Stop Believin’

Today I’ve chosen, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.

Click here to see the music video.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” was first released on Journey’s 1981 album, “Escape”. The song only reached number six on the UK charts and nine in the US. It’s not Journey’s most successful song, but it’s definitely their most popular. “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been used in several different movies, commercials and television programs. It first appeared in the 2003 movie “Monster”, based on the notorious female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos. Then recently, the song was remade by the cast of Glee and debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 (Song Facts, 2011).

On Friday, I will begin raising and training Cessna’s successor, so I thought this was a wonderful choice.

Since telling friends and family about my decision to owner-train instead of getting Cessna’s successor from a program, I’ve had an ongoing parade of comments against this choice. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had many friends voice their excitement surrounding the arrival of a new fur baby. But, my family and several other friends do not understand why I would want to bring another dog into our home and go through the headache of training my own guide dog.

They also do not believe it’s possible for me to succeed without a program trainer’s involvement.

Thankfully, Huib is not one of these people. He is fully on board with my decision and actually seems mildly excited about the new family member.

I know that the journey will not be smooth sailing. But, I also know Huib and I have the skills and ability to be successful.

So…Journey…I’m going to follow your advice, and keep “believin’ and holdin’ on to the feelin’”.


Guess Who’s Two?

Happy Birthday Canyon!!

To commemorate your birthday, here’s 6 (June is the 6th month) things I love about you:

1. I love your puppy face! – I can’t help smiling every time I see you.
2. I love your lust for life – you’re always eager to GO!
3. I love the way you “tease” us – offer the toy and then turn your head as we reach for it.
4. I love how you challenge me – constantly require me to learn new ways of training.
5. I love your cuddliness – you’re always willing to climb onto the bed or couch for a snuggle.
6. I love that you have an “on” and “off” button – eager to go, but also willing to chill.

There are tons of other things I love about you, but I think we’ll save those for another day.

Happy 2nd Birthday Candy Man!

Thank you for being you and for continuing to provide us with a never ending supply of golden hugs and kisses!

Test Scores

*** this entry has been revised, after learning that I had misread the scores of “Coal” ***.

This evening, we got the results for the puppy aptitude test from Karen, of Red Labrador Retrievers.

Four of the seven puppies, scored mostly 3’s, with “Coal” and “Pinkie” scoring highest of the four.

“Pinkie” scored all 3’s, except in the restraint test, where she received a 4 (struggled, then settled).

“Coal” received all 3’s, except in the touch sensitivity test (tester locates the webbing on one of the puppy’s front paws and gently applies pressure. Pressure is gradually increased as the tester counts to 10 and releases when the puppy shows discomfort), where he received a 1 (8-10 count before response).

I originally wanted a female, so we may go with “Pinkie”, but I will keep an open mind though and make my final decision on pick-up day – just over a week to go!!