Why I love meetings…

Today we had a meeting. I really love puppy raising meetings. I love seeing all the other dogs. I love the other raisers, I love the raisers-to-be, and the sitters. I love stealing Vortex from his raisers, and I love saying hi to all “my” puppies.

Margie “down”ing






Career Change “Gilligan” (formerly Gaston)


More of Margie…she’s grown so so so fast! With the big 3 leaving sometime in the near future, Margie’ll be the oldest. We’re getting 4 puppies on the June truck (at least that’s the plan right now), a few of them are going to new families. Yay!
I also talked to Vortex’s raiser and she thought it might work for me to take their new baby all the way till July 6th. Big big yay. And that’s about it.


I do..

What’s a better way to end a week with a sweet puppy than a wedding?? To look smart for the wedding, Festival was going to have a bow-tie.

What? A bow-tie?

What? A bow-tie?

So we found the ribbon

Aw  shoot...

Aw shoot...

Festival wasn’t so jazzed about the idea of wearing a bowtie.


But when I failed at tying a bow-tie, I decided just to do a bow instead


Bow-tie or just plain bow…didn’t matter. Festival was great at the wedding as, of course, I expected.

He leaves today which is a bummer…but Iknow his family is looking forward to getting him back 🙂

Happy Birthday Festival! Part 2

I promised pictures so here they are…we have a fully fenced and safe yard, so Festival and Daniel (my little brother) and I got to play outside together 🙂




Most dogs like to have something in their mouth when they’re running around my yard, it’s a weird thing I’ve noticed. So because I didn’t want any bad habits starting, we brought out his goughnut (his favorite toy!) and he ran around with that 🙂


And then he started getting tired, so I figured I could get a cute picture…this one’s for Cheryl, Lorne, and Anne-Marie 🙂


I can’t believe this dog’s house manners. They are impeccable. I mean yeah, he’ll walk around and sniff the garbage cans, and if here’s a little crumb on the floor he might just eat it…but you know when you see a puppy running out of your room? You know that “oh no” feeling you get, thinking that he snagged something? Socks, tissues, (for Arturo it was underwear)….Festival doesn’t do anything even close to that. AH! I want to know how I can train me one of these kinds of dogs…

The sad thing is….He leaves on Sunday. Bummer. I know his raisers will be very happy to see him again, but I’ll really really miss having him here. He’s so sweet. *sigh* only a few years till I graduate college and can start raising again….then I’ll get my cross 🙂

Happy Birthday!

What a special privelage I have! Mr. Festival is celebrating his 1st birthday today! I don’t have any pictures yet, but I’ll get some and post them later either today or tomorrow morning. Fest celebrated by being pet by lots and lots of very nice people and a little treat tonight 🙂

Just Another Day

Well I didn’t do the “day in the life” before, because without a puppy–my life is very uninteresting to anyone but me. But since I have a dog….well maybe there’s a little bit of zip now 🙂img_4880

6:10am the alarm on my phone starts ringing. Instead of hurling it out the window (like I would love to do) I get up, keep the lights turned off and let Festival snooze while I take a quick shower and get dressed. At about 6:30, Festival springs up from his bed as he hears me begin to unzip “the zipper” of the bag which holds his food. Breakfast and a relieving session later, we finish the last-minute preparations and I grab the keys while Festival waits patiently (or not-so-patiently) at the door. Load up the car with one school bag, one purse, one bag of volleyball clothes, and one happy yellow lab, and off we go.

After the 30-45 minute drive in semi-rush hour traffic we pull into school and snag one of the best parking spots–right in front of the “A” building where I have my first class. Gathering my school and volleyball bags, Festival and I trot off to my 7:30am class–World Civilizations.

A very long hour later, we ran, almost literally, from the “A” building all the way to the other side of campus to meet up with Rachael. She took Festival to class while I headed to my 8:30am class–Critical Reasoning. Surprisingly no one asked where Festival was, but I had a great conversation with the girl next to me. Even just having a puppy on the first day of class makes me so much more confident 🙂

50 minutes later, and still puppyless, I walked to the locker rooms and changed for the first day of spring quarter volleyball. Since I was one of 4 carry-overs from last quarter, we set up the nets and started playing while the other 26 students in our class listened to rules, guidelines, and course expectations. I love being a repeat 🙂 And I think this will be the best class all quarter! After volleyball I change back into street clothes and Rachael brought my little yellow Bambino back. Funny how they attach to one person so easily. He was so excited to see me that he jumped on the bench and nearly pulled Rachael off her feet to get to me!

Then we walked back to the other end of campus for our 10:30 class…this is always the hardest one for Festival. He’s just about had enough sitting and there must be some sort of paper lining under the chairs, which he ALWAYS tries to chew. lol. Finally we could head out! Yay!

Since I didn’t have to work today, Festival and I visited my old school. It’s always fun to catch up with old friends! After lunch hour, we headed home so I could study and Tiv-o could get some wiggles out. Between then and now we’ve just been hanging out and playing a little hide and seek, and Festival, who is very good at entertaining himself, has been enjoying the new selection of toys.

That’s probably what we’ll end up doing for the rest of the night…Thursdays are rather boring at my house 😉

 And what’s a post without pictures!?!?!



no he's not chewing the plastic--just the bone

no he's not chewing the plastic--just the bone




The picture above reminded me just a wee bit of another one I took a few years ago…


Of course the one above is Arturo.

Happiness is a warm puppy

There’s not much better in the world than being so exhausted that when you sit on the floor to play with your puppy (or puppy-sitee in my case) you end up curled up together on the dog bed, napping. And then, when the puppy decides he doesn’t want to nap, but brings his toy over and chews it right by your head so that he can still be touching you at all times. Yes, I love having a dog around again. 🙂

We ran a bazillion errands today and got the finishing touches for my dress for the “formal” (it’s like a dance, but it was my homeschool group, and they’re all strict, so we don’t dance…it’s more like a really fancy dinner and they’re bringing in a theater group)

The adventure

Well my friend Rachael and I had planned on taking Festival and her PIT, George, downtown Seattle together. Problem: George was recalled very last-minute this month. So yesterday we decided that we should take Festival anyway. It would be fun, and good experience for Festival. And of course, since any story is boring when you just read about it, we took lots of pictures along the way…

Since we could drive down any day, and the bus is a “different” experience, we decided to go for the bus. Ten minutes (and frozen hands) later we boarded the very empty bus.


Waiting for the bus…


Well taking the bus anywhere is an adventure in itself. But taking the bus downtown with a dog in a green vest, is especially unique. I love the stares you get from people. Or this one guy was very polite, but I could tell he was watching me, looking at my eyes, to see if I was blind. He asked Rachael, “is he working?” And Rachael said yes, so I’m sure he was positive I was blind. THEN I grabbed the camera out of my purse to get an “on the bus” picture. I handed it to Rachael and she was going to try to get the picture but the guy, probably feeling sorry for the blind girl, said “oh I’ll take the picture for you!’ So thank you very much, very nice bus guy. You took a very cute picture 😉


Of course about half way, the bus started to fill up with Microsoft employees heading home from work. We have a lot of East Indian and Asian families in our area, and they both tend to be afraid of dogs. So it always makes for a fun ride when a person literally jumps when they see the dog tucked under the seat.


Once we got off the bus, we walked a few blocks. I just love the city. Not a huge fan of Washington state in general. I don’t like the rain, or the trees, or the constant state of sogginess. But one thing I love is our city. Chicago was nice, LA was cool, but Seattle is the best.


Festival’s raisers had told me he’s only been downtown once before, and that I might want to use the head collar on him if he gets nervous. After about 2 blocks of city sidewalk traffic, birds, and dogs, the head collar went on, and he was much more confident when we headed to Pike Place Market.


Pike Place is basically a big street market. A lot of people sell organic fruits and vegetables along with fish and other random Seattle kinds of things. It’s a lot of fun, and has some of the BEST bakeries around.



 When we were heading back to the bus stop, we saw a blind lady and her golden retriever guide dog. I believe the dog was from TSE. (there was also a lady with a cane across the street from us) Festival and the guide ended up waiting at the same corner together. We told Festival to take lessons from the guide. ;D But it was kinda cool to have them together. Even though the lady had no idea we were there. Both dogs ignored eachother.


Festival slept most of the bus ride home. But he was very happy to get into Rachael’s car and just relax.


When we got home, he crashed on his bed. So that was our adventure for the day. We were going to be out all day today, too, since I go back to school tomorrow, but my dad decided to take the car that I drive into work today. Bummer. Maybe he only gets one big adventure all week.