Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lazy Day

Relieved Barbie at 6:30 a.m. and then went back to bed for a while.  I then took her through a basic obedience routine and later groomed her.

Not sure what is scheduled for tomorrow except that we will work twice at least.

More to come....

Lazy Day

Lazy Day

Got up at 6:15 a.m. to relieve Barbie, had a couple of cups of coffee, and then went back to bed.  She and I went through a basic obedience routine and later I groomed her.  You just got to love a Zoom Groom.

All of the dogs here are on medication because of kennel cough.  Barbie should be getting her meds shortly.

Not sure what exactly will be on the schedule tomorrow except for 2 sessions of working with Barbie.

More to come...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Arrived!

Wednesday I arrived in Ontario on time.  Donna met me at the gate, we retrieved my luggage, and David picked us up outside the terminal.  Got to the house and Blaze went nuts.  That night she slept with me and didn't leave my side much except for treats.

Thursday Peg and her raiser Jeanine came over and we got to visit for a couple of hours.  For those who don't know, Peg was my fifth guide who has been retired for 7.5 years.  She is doing very well but does now have arthritis.

Donna and I took Blaze and Paloma for a walk.  That was really fun, NOT!  We decided that the next time we went for a walk we would take one dog at a time.

Blaze spent about 15 minutes with me that night and then went back to sleep with Donna and David.

Friday Donna and I went shopping and picked up a few things I still needed before I left for class.

Blaze again spent about 15 minutes with me and then went to bed up with David and Donna.

Saturday Blaze wanted to leave with us as we left for the school.  We arrived hear at 10:30, David and Donna left, I unpacked, had lunch with the rest of the class.  At about 1:30 I was presented with my new dog - a femal yellow lab named Barbie.  She is almost white and very stocky.  Bob, the trainer, and I went to downtown Palm Springs and Barbie and I had our first work out.  She is a lot different from Blaze but I think she will work out just fine.  After we returned to the school, we fed the dogs, relieved the dogs, placed them on tie down on their beds and then we all went over to a Halloween party put on for the raisers.  We ate dinner there and then came back and took our dogs off of tie down.  In about a half hour, we will relieve them for that last time tonight.

Sunday brings a day of resting and then we hit the ground running on Monday.

More to come.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

vivsnewdog: I'm Off

Well those who know me know that I am always off but that isn’t what was meant by the subject.

I am leaving shortly to have breakfast here in Walla Walla and then go catch my plane in Pasco.  I will have a layover in Seattle and then head south to Ontario, California.

I will spend the rest of today, tomorrow, Friday, and part of Saturday morning visiting with Blaze and her family.  Tomorrow I will also get to visit with my previous guide Peg.  It is always nice to see the retired dogs.

Saturday at around 11:15 I will arrive at Guide Dogs of the Desert, unpack, have lunch with the other classmates, and then sometime that afternoon I will receive my new dog.

Saying I am on Cloud 9 is somewhat of an under statement.

More to come….

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My First Post

Hi All,

Just thought I would try to create a simple blog so that I can keep everyone up to date on seeing Blaze and getting my new dog.  More to come.