WELL today was quite the fun guide dog day. 😀 Since Anna commented that my blog posts are usually just a few sentences, I have a full-length post WITH pictures and lots and lots of words just for you, Anna.
We started the day nice and early at 7:45 when we (my mom and I) headed over to pick up Janda. I was very glad that it worked out to take J to graduation with me. There’s something just blah about going to a guide dog graduation without a guide dog. PLUS I knew that a couple of special people would be there, who would want to meet my new litte amiga.
Janda generally rides on the tie-down on the floor in the backseat of my car. She has just enough length to put her head between the seats and give you the “I’m so pathetic sitting here all by my lonesome self” look.
It’s a 4 hour trip for us, so we always stop at a certain McDonalds on the way. Every time from Fun Day to Arturo’s recall, to Lawrence’s graduation, we always stop there. So J got to share in our tradition, and be the first little girl I took there.
Her manners were impeccable, as always, but she did have that little pulling problem. I was going to use her Halti all the time when I start school on Monday (that’s something you’ll have to wait to hear about) but when I put it on for graduation, she cowered when I brought it out. She was SO fearful of it that I really don’t want to put her on it unless necessary. What are your thoughts on that? She’s definitely a soft dog, but also a bit headstrong. If you correct too much or too hard she becomes fearful but she’s not the shy kind of dog that does nothing wrong. That’s why I thought the Halti would be good. But for now I think I’m going to stick with just one good correction on the training collar.
It was raining/drizzling the entire drive. So welcome to Oregon!
I knew that Lawrence’s ex-partner was graduating again with his new dog, Francisco. Plus I also knew that Anna would be there with Avani. I was kind of hoping that J wouldn’t completely embarass me at graduation like Arturo did. Artu was one of those whiners who you hear during graduation. Fortunately, J is not a whiner at all so she was great, but that’s getting ahead of the story 😛
We went to Oregon half because my mom’s mom’s birthday is in a few days. So she and all her sisters met at my aunt’s house in Portland. We had half an hour before we had to leave for campus, so we walked over to the park that I have many memories with Arturo. Plus poor Bean had been shut in the car for 4 hours minus one 12 minute break. So we walked around, met 2 great danes, and took a few pictures. But J hates grass, especially wet grass. So it was hard to get her to pose.
Once we got back to my aunt’s house, J was allowed loose in her house. She has excellent house manners and I figured we’d be sitting still soon enough. I’d been teaching her hide-and-seek while she was here a few weeks ago, so we played that till the cute pink tongue was lolling out all over the place and she was happy just to grab a toy and lie down.
Oh and this picture is slanted. She’s not about to fall off the deck 🙂
It must be SO hard to be a puppy. 🙂
Oh, as to my school news, J is coming with me on Monday for a test-run. Tuesday she has her approval meeting with the disabilities director. If both the director and I think she does fine, she’ll start out coming 2-3 days with me, and then sooner or later she’ll start coming every day. I personally think she’ll be fantastic. There aren’t many stressful situations at school. Just the crowds and the gym.
We had a lovely time at graduation. Turns out I knew or, rather knew of many of the dogs graduating! I talked to Tom before graduation started and he got to meet Janda Bean.
<–this is Janda at graduation. Picture perfect guide dog in training.
Lovely Lavette, with the same gorgeous block head as Lana.
EDIT: From here on, the text is all screwy and won’t format around the pictures it goes with. Just so you know.
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