Thursday, October 27, 2011

Phase Report

Puppies raised in our group:
Nalo is supposed to graduate this weekend!
Lyndon is in Phase 6

Noe is in Phase 2

Hanalei's littermates:
Halette is in Phase 5
Hermes is in phase 8

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Officially a "Big Girl"

Carrie now officially fits into her "big girl" collar:
This collar has a metal plate on it that says that she is a Guide Dog puppy and has her ID number, 53B4.
To celebrate her largeness (54.6 lbs), I took some pictures of the big girl :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fairfield Update!

My first puppy, Fairfield, graduated as a guide over a year and a half ago.  Since Halloween is coming up they posted a picture of him in his halloween costume on facebook!
Fairfield the bucking bronco!
Happy almost Halloween!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Phase Report

Puppies raised in our group:
Nalo is Currently in class!

Lyndon is in Phase 5
Noe is in Phase 1

Hanalei's littermates:
Halette is in Phase 5
Hermes is in phase 8
Hestia was selected as a breeder!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

7 Things at 7 Months

A little late but a few days ago Carrie turned 7 months!  Last time I weighed her she was about 51 lbs.  It will be interesting to see if she grows much more.
So, in honor of her 7 month-day, here is a list of 7 interesting places she has been since we got her:

1. High School- Carrie has been coming with me to high school since she was about 4 1/2 months.  She has always handled it extremely well.  Each of my classes are between 1 and 3 hours- varying between days.  She is able to remain calm a quiet throughout my classes.
Carrie at school during my lunch break
2. The local hospital- My mom works at the local hospital as a nurse.  On days that she knows she won't be going into surgery she takes Carrie.  Here she is exposed to the different sights, smells and sounds of a hospital. 

3.  Hotels- When I was on my internship with Guide Dogs over the summer we stayed in a Hotel for 2 weeks.  It's good for her to be exposed to other living environments.

4.  Apple Hill-  If you have never been, Apple Hill is like a large Harvest Fair.  There are tons of people, lots of food, other dogs, ponnies, vendors and the occasional ride.  This is the perfect environment to work her with food and dog distractions and work her around ponies.

Carrie ready for the rally decked out in my class color- lime green
5.  High School Rally-  Last week Carrie experienced her first high school rally.  We sat near the door so that if it became too scary we could make a quick exit.  There was loud music, people in costume, drums and games where people ran in front of her.  She was very interested in the begining and then settled in and waited for the "Nice" that meant food was coming.

6.  Dog Class-  My mom takes her mix dog, Kenjii, to dog class on thursday nights.  If I don't have too much homework that night I like to take Carrie to get used to being around many different kinds of dogs.

7. Fire Department-  Every year our club goes to the local fire station to experience the smells and sounds commonly found in a fire department.  A fire man kindly suited up in his gear and breathing apparatus and went around to pet the dogs.  She was just happy that someone was petting her and didn't even notice that he might be a little scary.  She showed interest in the sirens but wasn't scared.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Phase Report

So, I have decided to start posting the phase reports of the puppies that have been raised in my puppy raising group, El Dorado 2nd Sight and those of my own puppies' littermates.
Puppies raised in our group:
Nalo is Currently in class!
Lyndon is in Phase 4
Noe is in Phase 0

Hanalei's littermates:
Halette is in Phase 4
Hermes is in phase 8!
And if I am correct there is at least one H girl, Hestia, in Breeder Evals!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Gentle Leader

     Sorry it's taken me so long to post again. We have had a slow couple of weeks because of Carrie's spay.
     Since we were bored we decided to do some practice with the Gentle Leader. We don't use it all that much because Carrie doesn't pull on her lead but Guide Dogs is trying to use it more so we have been having her wear it more often. For those of you who don't know what a Gentle Leader is, it is basically like a halter for a horse. When the dogs pull on their leash it moves their head to the side. This keeps them from pulling.
     While she was recovering from her surgery, I decided to use it more so that if she did want to pull, the headcollar would keep her steady and she woudn't be able to hurt herself.
     While we were at it she thought she would model, so I took a few pictures :)