A Thought to Ponder

I saw this on a CCI puppy raiser’s blog and really liked it. She said it was from the CCI People List.  I’ve changed it just a tad to fit being a GDB raiser…

Someone told me you’re trying to grow a beautiful rose for us.                            

You might not have even been told that was your goal. You were probably handed some healthy startings, told vaguely to nuture them and told that we’d see you back in about a year.

As time has gone by you’ve doted, fretted and fussed. You’ve given those startings every chance possible. The plant is healthy and hardy. The flowers are stunningly gorgeous.

No one who sees your bundle isn’t amazed at what you’ve helped grow from the small startings you were given…nobody could’ve possibly done a better job.

But you’re trying to grow us a rose. And while tulips, orchids and sunflowers are very pretty and special indeed, they’re not roses… 

You couldn’t have known what those startings would grow up to be. No one could have…unless someone like you had loved and nutured them for over a year so they’d flower. Raisers, please remember this no matter how badly you want to give us a beautiful rose.

If you were handed tulip bulbs – you’ve done a phenomenal job raising if the tulips are the vision of what a tulip can be.                      

If you were handed orchid startings or sunflower seeds, please know that the world wouldn’t be complete without their color and zest.

If you were handed a rosebush, thank you for helping us make sure that all of the flowers go where they should.

Now, if you were given some startings and they whithered away because you didn’t shower them with attention and care…well, nevermind – I’ve never known any GDB Puppy raisers like that. 🙂

I (Anna) want to dedicate this to all the raisers who have raised a career changed dog. It’s excruciatingly hard, I know. (if you don’t know how I know…visit Arturo’s page) This little quote wraps it up so well. You weren’t given a rosebush, but your tulip, daffodil, sunflower, or whatever,and you’ve turned it into a beautiful flower of its own kind. Way to go!


Week 2 of Phase 3

Lawrence decided to stick around in phase 3 to let his brother, Lassitar catch up.

Lawrence 49L2 LAB M 3 No
Remington 497L LAB M 3 No

What’s been going on in my life?

Good question, I’m glad you asked. 😀

The biggest thing is I just shared with my youth group what God’s been doing in my life. (to read the gist of what I had to say, read it here)

One of my guide dog co-leaders’ family is moving to Boston! So sad! We’ll miss them lots!!

Our club welcomed female golden retreiver “Lantana” to 4th time raisers Abby, Paula, and Steve Christensen.

School is exhausting. I’ve had 3 tests in 2 days. Being a junior stinks.

Work is like….life consuming. I basically live there. Sadness, I know.

Phase reports come out in 2 days! Go Lawrence, Bravo, and Remington! (And all the other pups I know and love over the blog world!!!)

Phase 3…

Lawrence has decided Phase 3 sounds like a good place to be. None of this “Phase 2” stuff anymore. I’d have to agree. 🙂

Lawrence 49L2 LAB M 3 No
Remington 497L LAB M 3 No

“Phase #3

  • Guidework training in quiet residential areas
  • Frequent rides in the training vans
  • Introduction to more advanced guidework commands and responses (“Right,” “Left,” and “Over Here,”); continued training on commands learned in Phase #2
  • Introduction of curbs and street crossings
  • Progressive obstacle course training on campus
  • Continued obedience training
  • Mall exposure walks
  • Dog social sessions
  • Neutering/spaying for those dogs dropped from the breeder-watch list”


My famous pups…

I have literally thousands of pictures of my babies–especially Arturo. So the boys will get to be part of a new service dog foundation’s web page!!! They’ll be national celebrities! 🙂

I visited downtown Seattle the other day because I was showing my friend from Chicago around, and we saw a woman with her guide dog. I ran outside of Starbucks just in time to one good picture.

Literally every time we go downtown, I run in to 2 blind people. Same story this time. A lady behind me was walking with her cane, and I watched her cross the road behind me very hesitantly and carefully. Just a few minutes later, this other lady with her guide walking confidently down the busy street……..this is why we do it, folks.



That pretty much says it all….. He’s DOESN’T have cataracts like Arturo! I’m a happy girl. *does a little happy dance*

Lawrence-MYL-Phase 2

Remington-MYL-Phase 2

Phase reports come tomorrow…

And I’m very excited to see how my little boy Lawrence is doing!!! I haven’t gotten a call yet so no news is good news. 🙂

This is Lawrence, Lester, and Lassiter with their respective raisers (Lawrence and Lassiter were both transferred)

Go Lawrie and Lassiter!!!!