Thursday, May 17, 2012

What the Wednesday

Okay, it's been about 4 months since my last post.
I am AWFUL at this!
A lot has happened in the last 4 months

The Paris turned 3!!
I can't believe my girl is that old,
seems like she was just a puppy not too long ago
She had a good birthday,
and even enjoyed some birthday cake. :)
Orleans has been on countless outings,
and she is nearly perfect,
though we are still working on being calm when 
meeting new people.
I don't worry about taking her anywhere,
I know she can handle anything,
because she is a confident little thing!
We've had a lot of snow,
which Paris really loved running around in,
and burrowing in,
and climbing on,
though Paris doesn't mind running through anything.
She is so happy when she can run around,
I like when she is happy
Orleans looks good in the snow too
Orleans LOVES her chew toys,
Nylabones,
Kongs,
Goughnuts,
you name it, she loves it!
In fact, 
she often hoards her toys.
It's funny!
I also got a new job,
as a dog walker,
I hike in the mountains with 10-12 dogs,
they are off leash,
and it is fun,
stress free
and I get to bring Paris with me.
She obviously loves it
Orleans has been to a lot of puppy meetings,
and is always on her best behavior, 
and everyone loves her bubbly personality.
Paris got to meet up with her brother Peanut,
I don't think they look anything alike,
but they are both cute!
Orleans absolutely loves butt rubs,
so much that she will stand on her head,
and stick her fanny way up in the air,
and grunt.
It always makes me laugh
Tartan, the puppy I started last summer,
is headed off to puppy college June 6th.
He is still a 6 month old puppy to me,
I can't believe he is off to training so soon!
Good luck Tart!

Snickers' sister Snapple graduated
and so did his sister Sweetie!
So, out of the 7 pups in the litter
4 were career changed
and 3 graduated!!
And two of those graduates were the choco-pups
Yay, for them, and of course Snapple too.
What great pups they all are!!
Though, I did just find out that Snickers was returned to GDB,
he was a working guide for exactly 4 months,
he is now in a training string,
and will hopefully be reissued soon.
I was so disappointed to hear this,
I really miss my choco-boy, 
But, I guess he just wanted his masters degree in guide work.
He'll be extra educated for the next time around.
Good luck Snickerdoodle,
I was not ready to have a dog in training just yet,
Yay, for anxiety every Thursday for a while. . . 
Well, that's what we have been up to,
Hopefully I will be able to post more often than every 4 months,
it just gets really busy around her,
but I will try hard.
Ta-ta!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What the Wednesday

Sorry it's been a while,
the last few weeks have been CRAZY!

Anyway, mid-December Orleans and I went on an outing with two of her sisters
they all were wonderful,
and the outing was A LOT longer than anticipated,
you wouldn't believe how much attention three golden mix puppies get,
it was so much fun!

On the outing the girls got to play with some fog,
you can't see it very well,
but Orlie is trying to lick the fog
The three girls being so good under the table while the raisers eat dinner,
Orleans, Onessa and Osaka.
Then on the 13th I drove to Oregon,
on the way I stopped by Multnomah Falls
I LOVE WATERFALLS!
Orleans seemed to like it too.
Orlie in front of the falls,
she got so muddy because it was snowing,
but it was fun anyway,
it was really cool to see all the ice!
We stayed at my aunts house,
here is Orleans in her crate,
she liked that there is an opening at the top,
so she could look at everything.
Why did we got to Oregon?
Because on January 14th, Snickers GRADUATED!
I got the call a week before that he had been placed in class,
I loved that phone call.
Here Snick and his new partner are walking down the hall.
Snickers and I seeing each other again.
He was so excited to see me again!
Snickers new partner is fantastic,
and he spoils Snickers like crazy,
which is all a raiser can ask for.
Snickers looks amazing in harness!
And he loves his job!
Snickers had two half siblings graduate the same day,
This is Snickers, Antigua (also raised in my club) and Anise.
They are all Forte puppies!
Snickers partner, Snick and me on stage.
Snickers partner gave me a disc of pictures of he and Snickers training together during class.
I loved seeing pictures of Snickers at work.
He really loves his job and it is amazing to see him in action.
Here he is leading his partner to the dorms.
Snickers stopping for an overhead obstacle.
His partner says he is flawless at his overhead obstacles,
I loved hearing that!
Isn't he the most handsome chocolate lab guide dog EVER?
Yep, I think so too.
THE END
See you next week!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What the Wednesday

Today at puppy class Orleans got to meet Santa Claus
She loved him, or maybe just his beard. . .
On his lap is Onessa and Orleans and on the ground is
Athens, Rio, Silvana, Mozart and Stan.
Getting 7 dogs to hold still and simultaneously look at the camera is hard
Paris really doesn't like Orlie much
unless she wants to play tug,
both girls love tug.
I just realized that my cat is watching them in this picture,
he is so goofy. :)
Orleans sure gets a lot of attention when we are out in public,
most comments are about her soft fluffy ears,
I agree, they are amazing!
She has been great on outings too, and is always well behaved.
She still likes to taste people a little too much though,

Snickers is still in phase 3
But, the new report comes out tomorrow,
so fingers crossed he has moved up. :)
I miss my handsome boy,
but he will sure make someone happy one day!
Keep it up Snick!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What the . . . Thursday?

Okay so my first week doing What the Wednesday and I totally fail, in my defense I was super busy doing homework all day and night. UGH! But, the semester is almost over. YAY! Anyway, so here is What the Wednesday, one day late.


Orleans is obsessed with my cat.
She is either watching him in complete awe,
or trying to eat him.
I swear I have to take him out of her mouth a dozen times a day.
I wish he would fight back just a little,
but he is the most passive cat I have ever met!
One of these days she'll get it. . . right?
Orleans really likes the sound of her voice!
She is totally quiet in the kennel but she HATES tie-down.
She is getting better though,
but I think I have seen enough of her tonsils for the time being.
Man is she cute though!
She has the cutest wiggle when she is excited too,
it makes me laugh.
Right now the main thing we are working on is people greetings,
she likes to. . .taste people when they pet her,
or jump on them.
I hate when they tell me it's okay and that they don't mind,
cuz I do. :)
And Snicker-doodle is in PHASE 3!!!!
I am so proud of him,
but I miss those big yellow-green eyes too!
Go Snickers, go!!!
The End!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Presenting. . .What the Wednesday

So, lets face it, I am a horrible blogger! I want to do better I really really do, so in an effort to let you into my crazy head I present you with What the Wednesday! This idea is hardly original as I stole it from my sister, but I loved the idea so much I am going to try it. It's basically a list of the miscellaneous thoughts in my head over the week, and as this is my dog blog it will mainly be about the furry critters in my life.

Lets get started, shall we?

I love the snow!
but, I hate driving in the snow. . . A LOT!
Orleans loves the snow too. . .
though her hair seems to soak up the bulk of it.
She gets dirty really, really, really easily!

Orlie's favorite place to be is under the cat tree,
under a pile of dog beds,
or under my dresser,
she is strange.

Orleans got her shots last week,
she is LEGAL!
And she has done great on all her outing so far.

Like today, I took her out intending to go to the fabric store and then back home. . .
we went to the fabric store,
then RC Willy,
then another fabric store,
then Best Buy,
then Rhumbi Island Grill,
then ANOTHER fabric store,
and Home Depot,
and then home.
Orlie was AMAZING through the whole thing.
And she has been sleeping ever since.
I am really, really, really proud of her!

I ordered a super expensive head collar online,
I LOVE IT!
but, I am trying to make my own,
I wanted to get the supplies today (hence all the outings)
but I failed!
I am going to try to order the stuff online now.
Did I mention I love this head collar?
Paris is really smart,
she has learned to open the baby gate that keeps the dogs behind the counter at work,
she will open it and let the other dogs out so they get in trouble,
she stays behind the counter though,
because she doesn't want to get in trouble too.
Smart!

My little sister likes to play hide and seek with Paris,
this usually results in Paris running full speed into something (she is partially blind)
yesterday it was a mirror,
ouch!

I miss Snickers a lot!
He is in phase 1 of training,
he was in phase 0 for a month,
so I am happy.
I hope he does well, he is a fabulous dog.
GOOD LUCK SNICK!

I love being home for Thanksgiving,
I haven't seen my family in ages,
I am thankful for my family,

and my friends

and all of my pups (Prudy, Tahoma, Glennie, Adeline, Sherman, Spanky, Fullerton, Paris, Picassa, Snickers, Tartan and Orleans)

and naps,

and for all of you!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! (tommorrow)