The College Decision

Well here it is… I got my top school’s financial aid package today, and made my decision. I won’t be going to California Baptist University (CBU) this fall. I’m 98.7% sure I’ll be going to Central Washington U fall of ’09 and then transferring to CBU in ’10 to finish my degree(s) for the last 2 years. I have mixed feelings about the decision I had to make. While I am bummed that I won’t be at CBU as a Freshman, to do all the cool Freshman stuff and meet people, CWU is a lot cheaper and seems to be a smarter decision. CWU also has one perk…I can probably raise guide dogs there! So here’s a question for you. I know several of you have raised puppies while in college. What do you wish you would have done? We’re on the quarter system, and my initial reaction is to wait until winter quarter, and raise a transfer dog. I am going to college classes this year, so the academic adjustment won’t be so big. But for those of you who have “been there, done that” do you regret raising early? Do you wish you would have gotten your puppy earlier?

Another perk is that my CFR lives in the same city as CWU, so that’d be great 😀


Here I am at school…

Here I am with my heavy book bag at school. Here I am with my heavy book bag and fluffy coat at school. Here I am with my heavy book bag, fluffy coat, and adorable puppy at school. Vortex is every bit as fantastic as he was last week. So far we’ve done all day on his flat collar. Big improvement from the little pesky puppy who alternated between his Halti and having food shoveled in his mouth on the training collar. Right now he’s snoozing under my chair. What a good boy. He’s funny about grates, though. He’s one of the “I-hop-over-grates” dogs, and we have all kinds of drains (since it rains so much) so he’s having a good ol time hopping over things. 😀

I’m on a roll!!

Posting every day! Even when I don’t have a dog! this is fantastic!! lol

I took Vortex to school as I said I would. He was great. He’s very very very people distracted, so we did a lot of work with that. He’s on food reward for people distraction. I love food reward. So we worked with some of my classmates and friends and he’s better than he used to be. But still not perfect, of course. He’s only 7 months old.

I talked to his raiser, and I’ll be taking him back on Tuesday. Monday I am giving my speech, so I can’t do it. It seems like it’ll work for the rest of the quarter.

I might also be getting Fellow at the end of the week. So we’ll see….and Lantana might be coming to school this week, also. I should get Abby to bring Lana on Wednesday and then we’ll have 3 puppies on campus: Vortex, Lana, and George. 😀

I didn’t get any pictures, sadly, but I’ll try to get some next Tuesday. Tex is certainly a gorgeous boy. 🙂

The “A” Litter

Well here goes my 2nd litter report…

The “A” Litter

born 5/6/05

to Kentucky and Carmela









Armand came up with Arturo on the plane, and was raised nearby. He was a little firecracker, and was a little harder to raise than Arturo. He competed agaist Arturo at 4-H state fair in ’06 and tied for first in Control Class (although Arturo won the tie-breaker 😀 ) He was career changed in phase 1 for cataracts and is living near his raisers with a family friend.

Anton was raised in CA by first time raisers (like Arturo and Armand were). He was a very very good boy according to his raisers, although he had his sneaky moments. 🙂 Arturo and Armand were both dark yellow, but Anton had the light yellow fur.  Anton went through advanced training and was put in-class, but was pulled a few days before graduation because of dog distraction. He lives with his raisers and loves being a ranch dog.

Arturo was my lovely little boy. The first puppy I raised, and a little bit of a challenge. Artu was very dog distracted, but also a really hard worker. Arturo was also career changed for cataracts and we let GDB place him. He’s now “working” in OR. He goes to work with a lady who owns a bark business and is the mascot.

America the beautiful was selected as a breeder.

The rest of the siblings I know nothing about except they were all career changed. It was before I started getting the full reports, so if anyone knows if the “A” pups (Arby, Angorra, Augusta, Antonia) went IFT or were dropped early like my boy, let me know…. That’s it for the “A”s!!

The “P” Litter

My goal is to post on each of my puppies’ litters. The problem? I know next to nothing about both Arturo and Lawrence’s litter. Any info/pictures about any of the pups on the right (besides Armand and Anton and Lassiter and Lester) would be reallllly appreciated so I can make these posts happen. 😀

The “P”s

born to Bruce and Heritage



Being raised in CA. Patsy is said to be an easy, mellow, and well-behaved puppy. If nothing else, she’s certainly cute!!


Being raised in the same club as Patsy. She’s the black one in the family but it looks good on her.





On her third raiser family, Pretzel showed up to the OR Fun Days as the only “P” in the area (besides Pomona)




Powell’s raiser blogs at the link above. He was transferred to his current raiser and has that lovely dark tint, like Pretzel.

Porter–missing in action male yellow lab who seems to have vanished

Some group shots from CA Fun Day littermate meeting

L to R: Powell, Palisades, Patsy
This post brought to you by Shelly and Elizabeth and their hard work at Fun Days, getting pictures for me. Thanks a million guys!!


As implied by the wanted poster, Pomona did not show up to her littermate meeting at Fun Days, although rumor is she was at Fun Days. Just didn’t show up which, of course, makes me really sad, since I haven’t seen her in 9 months.

Go “P” litter!!!!!

The Weekend…

In 3 days I get to puppy-sit the most adorable puppy in our club over the weekend. Little Miss Lantana, the other golden. Unlike Gaston, who is very handsome, Lana has the stubbier, stockier, more rounded head. Very cute and very different from Gaston’s long, regal nose.

From a few months ago:


I HAVE to get pictures of this one while she’s here….She’s like….the supermodel of the dog world. But she’s also very energetic, so we’ll see how it goes. Lantana Banana–the ADHD teddy bear.

Adventures! Guest Starring: Gaston

The letter for the week? G! As in Gaston the male golden retreiver who is spending a few days at my house. He gets to be the first one to take the bus adventure with me this summer. Our club’s other golden might also get the chance in August.

Gaston’s raisers (our leaders) brought him over before youth group since it worked out for me to take him tonight. He’s the sweetest dog I think I’ve ever met! I’ve actually never puppy-sat a golden puppy before, so I was a little nervous at first. I did work with my friend’s golden at school (Guinevere) but that was never really on my own. But I’m in love with him already and I’ve only had him 4 hours. Oh, and he’s 14 months for those of you who are curious.

He has some typical golden traits–a little exciteable and very loving. But I was so so surprised at how well he handled the part of youth group he did get to go to. He just sat like a little gnome right next to my feet when I told him to sit, and he watched what was going on, but didn’t stress or anything. Tomorrow we take the bus to work and I’m hoping that all will go well. My leader told me that he’s had some trouble with wire crates and that’s the kind I have waiting for him at the campus, but hopefully there won’t be any trouble after all. If there is, I have to call her to come pick him up and end my perfect 2 days a whole 36 hours short.

I do have 2 very bad pictures of him, but I promise I’ll get some better ones up once they’re taken. 😀

They definitely don’t do him justice, but it’s 10pm, so I couldn’t get the nice ones outside. We’ll probably get some tomorrow after work.

G is very happy, chewing a toy….I wonder if I could convince his raisers he disappeared………..