Pre-Graduation jitters

Well…the graduation is tomorrow. 😀 I know I’m going to get 5 thousand comments saying “everything will be fine” but here’s what I’m thinking/worrying about…

  • I was supposed to call Lawrence’s partner last night at about 5. Things happened and I didn’t get a chance to call until later, and he was busy. I was supposed to call at 2. The girl replacing me at work didn’t get there till 2:30, so I couldn’t call till 3. Then I get an e-mail saying that he couldn’t talk to me until 5 anyway. I feel like such a flake. I hope he doesn’t think I don’t care, cause I do, I am just a very hard person to get a hold of by phone. 🙂
  • My camera. It’s stupid. sometimes the flash doesn’t work. sometimes it does. So I might have to have my dad use his camera which isn’t as good as mine, but hey…it’s pictures.
  • I have to straighten my hair tonight, but I might be baby-sitting last minute
  • I finished the scrapbook, but I wanted to get pictures before I gave it to him, and the whole stupid camera thing……
  • Of course there’s the things about saying something totatlly stupid, or forgetting what I was going to say on stage.
  • And especially with being the starter raiser, I don’t want to take away from Whitney’s experience at all, so I’ll have to be really careful. But at the same time, honestly, I’m a tad bit jealous, because I could have finished Lawrence off myself if he hadn’t been promised to her. So I wouldn’t have had to be so careful
  • A million little things are buzzing through my head like if I’ll be able to get a picture or 2 of Lester for Kushal, how the whole 2 graduates thing will work for our club, cause I don’t think we’ve ever had 2 graduate at the same time, and if I’ll be able to get good pictures. The guy lives far away. I definitely will need good pictures.
  • Plus there’s the whole thing about will he keep in touch with me? I’d love that more than anything, but my experience with Arturo has taught me to expect the worst.

*sigh* there’s my little rant. Obviously I’m a little nervous, but at the same time I’m so excited, I’m kind of forgetting to be nervous. We’ll see……Definitely let me know if any of you will be at the graduation tomorrow….I’d love to say hi! You’ll know who I am, but I won’t know who you are 🙂

Oh, and I love these polls, so here’s another one! And since I can’t see who voted what, if you could comment with your answer, that would be fantasmagorical



As promised (before I got my Lawrence news…) here are my pictures of Mr. Vortex

Oh wait! Who’s the gorgeous yellow lab in the harness? Could it be Lawrence???? 😀

Yes, my dear friends, Lawrence’s partner has been e-mailing me, and I’m so excited for the match. He’s the man’s 8th guide, and they seem to be doing well together, all things considered. I can tell you, anyone who e-mails me a picture of my little guy within a day of finding out I was his first raiser….that is one great person.

In one of the e-mails I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if I’d be IN the graduation, but I told him I sure would be AT the graduation if nothing else. He messaged back, and said that the GDB staff had visited him and told him his puppy raiser’s names, and I was one of them. 😀 He said that I will be in the graduation. I’m so happy. I don’t need to say anything or do anything, I just wanted to be able to walk up on stage and be there with my boy. I also found out that Lawrence’s 2nd raiser (who I’ve never met, but frequently e-mailed) will be able to come to the graduation, too! Yay! I was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to, since it was such short notice, and she’s a busy girl.

So that’s my de-brief. I will definitely post pictures and stories from the graduation after it’s over, and probably lots of questions between now and then….my baby is graduating from college!! 🙂

Oh, one question before I head off…would this story be okay to tell his partner, do you think? I think it’s fine since he was so young when it happened…


well it sure came a roundabout way, but I have some news on my little guy (Lawrence). As you all know, the October class was decided last week (I think) and I was sad that once again Lawrence decided to wait this graduation out. I decided that after the graduation I’d call GDB and ask what’s up with him, whether he had a health problem, or if he’s just chillin.

Well yesterday I found out that Lawrence was put in class last-minute!!

Turns out the guy who’s been partnered with Lawrie had another dog who was cc’d last minute for dog distraction, so Lawrie was matched in his place! So the news is official….









I’m not excited at all.

The great part is that I was planning on telling my boss today that I could work this weekend, since I hadn’t heard anything about him graduating, and it’s homecoming at the highschool. Boy am I glad I didn’t!!

I read the e-mail that his new partner posted about him on the yahoo group, and he seems like a wonderful man!!

So I get to see the little guy graduate. I’m not sure if I’ll get to be part of the ceremony or not…that’s still TBD. I WILL be able to talk to the guy since he’s on a yahoo group that Anna told me to join 😉 but for now it’s just a wait to find out how much a part of Lawrence’s new life I get to be…he made it, that’s all that matters to me.

He’ll be graduating with his brother, Lester, and another puppy from our club, Remington.


This is what I remember him as…..

The Boys

Thanks so much for all your comments! I was out of town this weekend, so haven’t been around, but thank you so much!! I’m very excited with Lawrence’s progress, and Coreena, I’m hoping to see you at Lawrence and Loden’s graduations… 😀

I’ll leave you with a picture of Arturo, two years ago today…