Sunshine Award

Oh My goodness!

We’re so, so surprised!

We were given the Sunshine Award by our friend Garth of The World According To Garth Riley

Thank You Garth!!!

There are three rules for the Sunshine Award:

1. Answer 7 questions
2. Pass it on to ten people
3. Let them know they received the award

1. What is your favorite number?

4, because that is how many of us there are.

2. What is your favorite nonalcoholic beverage?

Coffee, because Mommy, Daddy and Rogie love the stuff 

3. Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter, because Mommy gets to keep in touch with our buddies that don’t blog (our Twitter name is ruledbypaws)

4. What is your passion?

We love to play and to make everyone smile.

5. What is your favorite pattern?

Circles, because Mommy likes to watch us run in circles around one another, trying to trick the other into dropping the favourite toy of the moment.

6. What is your favorite day of the week?

Whichever day Daddy has off work. He is a nurse, so works different days each week.

7. What is your favorite flower?

We have gruber daisies and mini roses in our patio garden, so I guess we like those flowers.

Now for the 10 blogs that provide us with sunshine:

At A Glacial pace

From Sophie’s View

The Hobbit Habitat

Kol’s Notes

The Portuguese Water Blog

Life At Golden Pines

Another Tequila Sunrise


Gopher Sessions: Adventures And Experiences with A Therapy Dog

Thank you again Garth, for this wonderful award!

**Just wanted to make a quick note to say that we tried notifying everyone of their award, but some blogs have captious so we weren’t always successful – sorry**

Liebster Blog award


You’ll never guess…

Rogue and I, Canyon, the stud of the pack, were given AN AWARD!!

We didn’t even know we had fans!

So, here’s the scoop.

Cadbury, of A Chocolate World, thought Rogue and I were some pretty adventurous doggies, so gave us THIS AWARD!


So, Mommy says Rogue and I now have to post the rules, and then pick our five favourite blogs.

This is going to be SO HARD!


The award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers and deserve recognition.

The rules are as follows:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog award presenter(s) on your blog
2. Link back to the blogger (s) who awarded you
3. Give your top 5 picks for the award in a post with a copy of the rules
4. Inform your top 5 by leaving a comment on their blog
5. Post the award on your blog

So, here are the five bloggers we’ve decided should receive this award:

1 Glacier of At A Glacial Pace

2 Finn of Finn Howard

3 Ace of Life With Fur

4 Jack of Dog’s Eye View

5 Sam and Pippen of The Hobbit Habitat

An Award

Today I was reading through some of the blogs I follow and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Spark and Madison had given us an award.

Thanks guys! We really enjoy reading all about your adventures too!

Here it is!

The rules are simple.

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded it to you.
2. Link posts by you and 10 fellow bloggers that you find inspirational.
3. Forward the award to those 10 fellow bloggers.

The first blog is written by my good friend Jess. I met her and her now retired Leader Dog Jetta, at a time when I needed someone to show me that Cessna and I could work out as a team. Cessna and I had been together for just over a year at this point and I still wasn’t sure things would work. Jetta is a lot like Cessna in energy and work ethic so through meeting her with Jess, I realized that with a little more hard work and patience things could go okay.

The second is written by another friend of mine, Amy. I met Amy when she was fostering her second Dog Guides puppy, Winter. It was through this friendship that I came to learn that one of the former CVC trainers had started his own program and needed foster families. Amy fostered Ruby for Autism Dog Services and we raised Aiden and Reece.

The third blog I have chosen for this award is written by a man who educates people with intellectual disabilities on their rights and how to say “no”. I find his blog inspirational, because he’s not afraid to stand up for himself and those who are unable to voice their own needs.

The next two blogs are written by two fellow dog guide users and I find them each inspirational for their own reasons. L^ calls herself a introvert and someone who is quiet, but I find her writing to be both educational and inspirational. She may be quiet and shy in person (we’ve never met) but through her blog we’ve all gotten a glimpse of who she is without the “mask”. I’m not saying she wears a mask or hides, but I’m sure she understands what I’m trying to say.

Then, there’s RO. I have also never met her, but look forward to reading her blog because she gives me the motivation to keep fighting because she’s never given up in all her battles.

The last five blogs are all written by women who have taken on the task of raising and training their own service dogs. I first started reading each of them after the first Assistance Dog Blog Carnival I participated in and have enjoyed reading about their adventures through the training process. It wasn’t always a smooth ride, but each woman has taught me some of the valuable lessons I will need to teach my little “future guide dog hopeful”.

I started thinking about the possibility of raising and training my own dog when I was almost done with Aiden, but through reading the blogs of these women, I realized that this journey was exactly what I wanted to embark upon.

And, now I’d like to present the following blogs with The Inspiration award:
1. At A Glacial Pace
2. Me And My Pups
3. Rolling Around In My Head
4. Dogs Eye View
5. In The Center Of The Roof
6. By My Side
7. After Gadget
8. The Dog House
9. Flight Of The Phoenix
10. Through A Guide’s Eyes

Thank you Spark and Madison for giving us this award.

And, thank you Jess, amy, Dave, L^, RO, Katrin, Sharon, Ms. PawPower, Phoenix’s Mom and Karyn for inspiring me through your blogs and/or friendship.

Awesome Blog Award

Hi There. It’s Cessna here! Mommy said that I could take over the blog today because she’s busy trying to keep Canyon out of trouble – he seems to think it is necessary to chew the noses and ears off all our toys!!

So guess what? This morning Mommy was reading through the various blogs she follows and saw that our friends, L^ and Jack gave us this awesome blog award. Thanks guys, we think you are stellar too!!

The rules for accepting this award are:
• Link to the person who gave you the award.
• Share 7 things about yourself.
• Then pass the award on to 15 other blogs.

Well, let’s start with 7 things you might not know about me:
1. I was trained in Quebec. Even though Mommy got me from the Lions Foundation of Canada in Oakville, my trainer lived in Quebec and I spent about six months with him there.
2. I am not only Mommy’s 3rd dog guide, but I am also her smallest. Gryphon was an approximately 25 inch tall, slim, male who weighed 81lbs, Phoenix is a 23 inch tall, small male weighing 66lbs when he was working and I’m a mere 21.5 inches tall and weigh less than Phoenix (a woman never tells her true size you know…)
3. I am a very picky eater. I will turn up a meal or treat if I don’t think it’s worth the calories. Mommy once tried to see how long I would hold out for something better and gave in after 50 hours…she should have known that I always win!!
4. My nicknames are Beau (my mom’s name is Belle), Dobby (Daddy thinks I’m cute and loyal like the house elf), Cessnaroo (I love squirrels and will jump around like a kangaroo in harness when I see one), and Torpedo (our old neighbor used to call me that because I’d dive bomb her when she came over).

5. I take my name to heart. I make Mommy walk so fast, she sometimes loses her breath. I also swim faster than every dog I know, so they often don’t want to play with me .But, as a result of my speed, my tail gets swollen and I end up crying whenever I sit or lie down later…Mommy says it’s called Rudder Tail.

6. When I was six months old I caught a bunny and chipmunk before my foster mom could stop me. I didn’t mean to, but I guess I scared them and they both died before I could give them to her.

7. I don’t trust chocolate labs (Mommy says Jack is probably a nice boy though). I’ve had two chocolate service dogs attack me and made friends with a puppy who ended up attacking me when she got older. I don’t get aggressive towards them, but I refuse to interact and wouldn’t even trust Reece, who lived with us from the age of 8 weeks.

Now, here are 15 blogs we think are awesome:
1. At a Glacial Pace By Jess and her Leader Dog Glacier

2. The World As I See It, My Life As It Happens by Lynette and her guide dog DeeDee

3. Paws For Thought by Jen and her guide dog O.J

4. The CRPS Girl by Ashley, as she prepares to receive her new service dog from CARES

5. Pedigree Dogs Exposed a great blog that discusses the myths and problems of purebred dogs

6. Raise A Green Dog an informative blog on eco-friendly products, recipes, and other fun dog related stuff

7. Caring For Your Older Dog a great place to read senior dog product reviews, learn about available therapies and find other useful information

8. Rolling Around In My Head by Dave Hingsburger, “a prolific author and public speaker who has worked in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 30 years”

9. Doggy Zen Den a great blog on the holistic approach to caring for your dog

10. K9-Crazy a blog written by someone who has fostered puppies for both National Service Dogs and The Lions Foundation of Canada, but is now focusing on competing with their own dogs

11. Vomit Comet by Carin and her partner Steve, a place to discuss everything and anything

12. After Gadget by Sharon and her service dog in training, Barnum

13. By My Side by Katrin, as she waits for her future Guide Dog Foundation partner

14. From Puppy To Public Access by Linda, her service dog Laurel and service dog in training, hardy

15. Dawg Business: It’s Your Dog’s Health by Jana Rade, in an effort to bring dog health issues to the forefront

I’m sure we’ve chosen blogs that have already been awarded, but Mommy is still new to the whole following thing so if you have a blog out there and we haven’t come to check it out then please leave the address in our comments section.

And to all those people who read our blog, thank you!!