Saturday, November 20, 2010

This Week

Sunday was our graduation from GDD. It was quite emotional for me and I ended up balling like a baby. Barbee's raisers and sponsors were there during the brunch and the raisers stayed for graduation. One of the staff spoke about his experience going under blindfold for 7 days. There was a great PowerPoint presentation of all of the dogs who were graduating. The pictures were of the dogs as puppies, dogs in training, dogs meeting the new handler, and different events during the class. All the students received a copy of this presentation. Barbee was first to officially graduate of course.

After graduation we went back to Blaze's home with Donna and introduced the dogs in the front yard. Once we were in the house, I decided to let them all play for a bit under strict supervision. We left for the Ontario Airport the next morning at 4:30 a.m. What an insane time to do anything. Barbee and I did well on the trip home. Once we landed, we drove to Tommy's Dutch Lunch for lunch where folks could see Barbee.

Tuesday was our first day back to work. Barbee is a great dog for an office and folks were very impressed.In the afternoon we went for a walk with my friend Tina and her pet dog, Aspen. It was really nice to get out and stretch with a walk.

Barbee has a lot of initiative, loves to work, and loves to show me places we have been before.

I have been doing daily obedience with her which just keeps her focussed better. Today we went for our first walk by ourselves. We did fine but I am still having a bit of adjustment going on. She pulls harder and walks much faster than Blaze has done in years. It will take me a bit to get back in the swing of things.

Tomorrow we will be going to church and, weather permitting, we will walk afterward. We are suppose to have snow showers so might not get that walk in.

More to come.....

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