Tianna’s been learning her commands this week, because since she’s so smart, she always needs mental stimulation. So we videoed her commands today. ๐Ÿ˜› She’s still learning, and we use a few leash cues (especially on “down”) but she’s pretty good considering she’s 17 weeks.



That’s Enough, Wait, and Ok

Wait, Ok

Sit, Stay, Come

Down, Stay, Come


Snow Day

Here she is…snow pictures!! My camera is stupid and the flash won’t work, but I’ll post the ones that are relatively non-blurry.










We’re still working on not eating the snow. But since it’s finally melting here, I’m hoping it won’t be necessary for too long. Still snowed in. But we did go on a walk today. Ti was so excited, and we slipped half of the time, but it was great for her to get out.

Picture Game

Well, unbeknownst to me, until now, we were tagged by Elizabeth and Alana in the picture game. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rules: go to your picture folder, and in the 6th folder, choose the 6th picture and tell the story behind that photo. And then tag six more people to play!

Well, this was Lawrence at his graduation. It was during the time when you got to meet your dog’s new handler. His 2nd raisers hadn’t gotten there yet, so he was happy to see me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Um, I’m not sure who’s been tagged, but I’ll tag

Coreena and puppy-to-be

Megan and Fullerton

Becky and Cricket

and anyone else who wants to play!!!

Winter Wonderland

I suppose I should update. Life’s been VERY slow here. We’ve been snowed in for almost a week, and I hate it. So does Tianna. We stil have about a foot of snow, but my dad put chains on our car, and we’re going to venture up to the grocery store so that I can get the rest of my Christmas presents and Tianna can have an outing, her first in over a week. We discovered that if she eats too much snow, she gets really runny stools. SO, no snow for little Tianna!!!

She’s a sweet girl. Many a night she will curl up in my lap and we’ll watch a movie. She’s still working on not mouthing, and whining’s been interesting (when she’s on the tie-down), but over all she’s great. Spends a lot of time loose in my room or on tie-downs in other parts of the house.

I really do need to get some pictures with her, especially ones in the snow. But she’s so wiggly it’s hard. And I hate snow. So put them together, and it’s been a challenge to be motivated enough to get out the camera and the dog at the same time. But here are some from inside:


I take it back. I do have ONE good picture of her in the snow….



Well we have had snow!! Ugh. I hate snow. It’s too cold. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tianna loves it!! She loves trying to eat it I should say. Do you guys let your puppies eat snow?

Tianna has been pretty good. She doesn’t know what to do with herself when she’s on tie-down and usually ends up staring at us and whining a little. Not playing with the toys, of course. *sigh*

She’s tons better on outings though. If we take it somewhat slow, she seems to get it. We end up stopping every two seconds to calm her down, but she “gets it” and is a whole TON better about garbage mouthing on outings. In the house it’s still hard, but she’s better when she’s out.

I have a friend who is an amazing photographer and she took some pictures of Tianna and I yesterday. I’ll get those posted when I get the CD today.

After a few days…

Yesterday was very…interesting. We lost power for the entire night which can be a challenge even without a puppy. But after I got home from work, my parents put out the kerosene lamps and so we had light in our big room. Man, was Tianna happy to be able to play!! Today her raisers are taking her to get her 16-week shots and will probably have her overnight, as I have a meeting I have to go to at someone’s house, and they can’t have a dog in their house.

She seems to “get” everything that she is corrected for. Very smart little puppy. I’ve been working on not mouthing (I’m pretty sure that’s a dominance thing at her age. And she probably doesn’t do it at home. Just testing out aย new handler) and as we haven’t gone on any outings to speak of, she’s also learning the ropes about how we do tie-downs and crate time at my house. That’s what I love about puppy-sitting. By the time she goes through her training, she’ll have had several different sitters who all have a different lifestyle and a different way of training. And the people she works with down at the campus will be even different, and eventually, her blind partner, will also be different, with a new lifestyle and way of training.

In response to a comment I recieved earlier which I didn’t post because it was anonymous, I don’t think it’s my job to “whip her in to shape” persay. That’s something her raiser family started when they got her off the plane last month.ย I have a very different approach to working with dogs than they do, and they have a different approach than other raisers in our club. We’re all different. As far as referring to this as “puppy bootcamp” all I meant was that I don’t let puppies get away with things just because they’re puppies. I’ve raised 2 starter pups (I had them for the first month or two) and when you work with young dogs consistently, you begin to learn what you can expect from them. I expect no less from Tianna than I did of Lawrence or Pomona. When I had Arturo, I got busy and didn’t work with him as much as I should have as a puppy.ย  But since I haven’t raised in a while, I love getting pups and working them hard for a few weeks. I have a different energy than someone who has been raising non-stop for years.

So anyway, hopefully after my little brother’s party, I’ll post pictures. I HAVE some, but don’t have enough time to sort through them…. caio!!

Meet Tianna

Well she’s here. Miss Tianna came this morning. She came early so that she could go visit my old school with me (not such a great idea). My initial impression: she has a lot of energy and will be a somewhat difficult puppy as she gets older. Let’s just say I’m glad she’s not with first-time raisers.

She’s ADORABLE and would melt anyone’s heart, though. At 16 weeks, she’s not doing TOO bad. Her biggest things right now are walking nicely on leash, getting excited, and mouthing. But those are all pretty normal 16-week puppy things. I’m looking forward to introducing her to puppy bootcamp. *cough* I mean, Anna’s house.