Sep 30 2014

LD training14, puppy raiser day! update

Ugh, here we go again. Take 2, *grumbles* James
the picture thing didn’t work…going to beat you up when I get home!!

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*finally* here is LD training day 14, Saturday puppy raiser day!!

Who let the skunks out?
*whew* when I said I wanted to do the *p* route for my free lance I did not know I’d have to wonder where the *skunks* were hiding as well.

I decided to team up with Vickie for this route and we had a great time working together. Since her GPS sort of worked I used her for when we weren’t sure where we were *chuckles* and when that didn’t work…well, we just guessed! The dogs did great during our free lance. They took us around the nice big *dirt* piles from construction, probably looked at us funny when we had *no* clue if we should turn or if that was a street hahahahah and the puppies were even better when a little boy came up to say hi to them!

the kennel tour:
Hey, what kind of tour was that? We didn’t get to play with puppies! That’s it, I want my money back *sniffs*

Seriously it was a nice tour for what we got to see. I’d love to come by whenever it’s no longer under construction and see what it’s like.

The more I learn about Leader Dogs and the more connections I make with those involved with Leader Dogs the more I wish I could work here. It would be great being able to work with clients, dogs, staff and volunteers in some way.

*psst* any openings that I can do, but don’t have to move?

got my shepherd fix:
Hey hey, for those that know me I have another shocker for you. Are you ready?

I voluntarily let someone take a picture of me *gasp* Quick I need to be rushed to the hospital!

During our tour Christie showed us the statues that are outside and these are the statues that the FLD *future leader dog* puppies take a picture next to when they return to campus for their training.

What kind of statue? Well, shepherds of course. So see, I finally got my german shepherd fix and I let Christie take my picture with it. Isn’t it *cute*

May with the Leader Dog German Shepherd statue

homemade pizza:
*OMG* now that was some awesome homemade pizza and *huge* slices! Wonder if they’ll make us some more? Just forget about the other meals and make us *more* pizza!

thing to note:
One thing that has been a little disappointing to learn or hear was that for lunch they were having *turkey* sandwiches for lunch. I *hate* turkey and wanted a grilled cheese, but my request was denied. I was told she wasn’t making any of those for anyone. I could have either BP&J or ham. Well, I’m trying to make sure I don’t get sick of either of those since I get them for my snack..same with salad. So I just skipped lunch since I couldn’t get something I hadn’t had in a while, but I need to refresh my memory on what’s in the snack machine for the next time this happens so that I’m not *starving* by dinner.

Ha, that however did make the homemade pizza even better!

PUPPY RAISERS!!
*cheers* it’s puppy raiser time! I hope all those that had a visit from their raisers went great. It was hard waiting my turn. I soooo was ready to meet AJ, Kim and Deanna. They are not Luna’s raisers, but raisers of others that are in class.

I also got to have a brief greeting with Tammy who is involved with the *prison puppy program* if you haven’t heard of this program and what role Leader Dog plays, then check it out below!

It was great meeting all of you and thank you so so much for the gifts. We got nyla bones and a *huge* Luna cookie!!

Luna was a perfect little lady during the visit even when she got attention. I’m *so* proud of her.

The funny thing about getting nyla bones for Luna is I was just saying to my bf before that that I will have to get Luna new bones by the time we get home. *man* she loves those things when she decides to chew them. *snickers* now I don’t have to buy any right when I get home!

I know I’ve said this already, but thank you for all that you do in the beginning stages with these awesome dogs. I’m also glad that I can give back to you in a small way by writing our experience and putting up some videos.

No worries I won’t stop when we leave. I’m *absolutely* sure that Luna will provide lots of things to share!

Sep 29 2014

LD training16, crash, boom, bam and frogs!

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OMG, did you ever have one of those days where you knew you should just get back in bed and hide from the world? Well, today was definitely that kind of day for me!

Everything’s out to get me!
6:15AM Someone decided to move the wall next to the closet. I swear it was not there the last time I got up. This time it got in my way and nearly took my head off. *ow* that hurt like hell!
7:15AM Who knew that playing with luna could be so dangerous? The chair next to the dog mat where Luna sleeps that *is not* of the soft variety got jealous and joined in the fun. *SOB* it bit my ankle! I would have kicked the stupid chair but that would have hurt too. One painful foot is enough, thanks!
7:30AM Luna felt left out that I was beating myself up in the room that she decided to join in the fun. *full speed ahead* she takes me right into the nice arm of the chair at the dining table…I’m seriously considering just going back to bed and starting over tomorrow.
8:20AM Knocking my head off the first time wasn’t good enough *nooooooo* I had to go for round 2. Bent down to set the bowl of water down for Luna and the towel rack jumped out to become better friends. *grumbles* I seriously should just stay inside and go back to bed.

Hey Christie, watch that curb! her driving scares me you know *snickers*

I just had to put that in there just for you Christie.

attempting the morning lesson:
Well, I figured what the hell, my room doesn’t like me so I should be safe outside, so off to train I go.

*whew* nothing jumped out to bite me, but sadly I couldn’t do the whole route since my ankle decided it wanted to start hurting more *sighs* Much to my surprise Jessica took a small video of Luna and I walking the gravel path and it shows all the nice fall colors, so I hope you enjoy. Luna of course did a great job even with her broken handler *chuckles*

*ow* my poor head!
Oh, did you think my bad day was over yet? Hahahaha, sorry it’s not.
5PM getting Luna’s dinner I try for a third time to knock my head off. This time it would be the shelf behind the bathroom door that wants to become friendly. Like really is this day *over* yet?

missed Will henry:
*shakes a fist* Darn that Will Henry would pick today of all days to sit at our table for lunch! I swear this day just gets better and better. However I much prefer missing Will over killing myself on some hard object again!

Luna goes frog hunting:
*cries* someone pleeeeeease let this day end! I decide to go on the practice route this evening to see how my ankle will do from it’s early meeting with the *painful* chair in my room and things weren’t too painful and I was able to walk at our flying speed with only a little pain.

*Luna* decides tonight that she wants to try and catch frogs. *frogs* for pete sakes!! I give up…it’s time for bed and I’m not coming out until who knows when.

Sep 29 2014

LD training15, safe travels John and Zella

*whew* technology sometimes can be a pain in the *ass* Things just didn’t want to work when it was suppose to and the connection here at Leader didn’t make it much better *chuckles* The entries will be a little out of order. Training day 15 will be this one and training day 14 what happened on Saturday will hopefully be up later. Then this evening if nothing *blows up* tonights entry should be on schedule. *smiles* but don’t hold me to that!

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Drama reaches a near explosion point:
OMG, today was the first day that I had to physically hold myself back from knocking someone’s head off. I just can’t stand bullies or people that pick on others for *no* reason what so ever and then try and make themselves out to be the victim. One instructor feels that a certain person may start after me now since I jumped in to protect another…the person can surely try. I have no problem telling them where to go and how to get there without completely losing it *hopefully*

This person just picked a bad day for one thing to be a total *shit* and pick on the person they usually pick on. Emotions for today were already high. I’ll just move onto the next thing now before I slip and mention names…*grumbles* bad apples!!

safe travels John and Zella:
Today we will be saying good-bye to one of our number. John and his precious Zella will be leaving a little early to deal with matters back home.

From Leader Dog class 15-03 to John and Zella we all wish you the best and thinking of you! Keep in touch *duck man* Now what will Sarah do without those duck jokes *snickers*

interview with new guide dog handler John:
This may not be my best first interview since it happened right after an incident so please except my apologies. Last minute changes and all are always fun *smiles*

Listen to the audio here.

night walk on the practice route:
*wow* my girl can really move! But hey instructors we weren’t expecting that obstacle to still be out there, lol.

Jim and I did the practice route this evening and I believe we must have finished it in like *5* minutes. Jim and Peanut can definitely hold their own when walking with Luna and I. *cheers* for them both…I didn’t kill them!

Luna did *absolutely* fantastic. she did not try for *apples* she cleared the obstacle that those *mean* instructors left out and we definitely didn’t end up in the pond trying to *catch* frogs! Jessica will be proud.

Now to see what tomorrow will bring. *hey technology* pleeeeeease work!

Sep 27 2014

LD training13, whew, are we done yet?

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*whew* omg, this has been an *extremely* long day. We just went and went and went! I definitely had *people* overload by the end of today and I think *snoring* Luna felt the same.

so lets bring on the busy day!

radio but no air:
*wow* it’s the moving steam room. This morning I ended up on the bus with the working radio, but if you wanted air *tough* luck! Of course I think I prefer the bus with radio and no air than air with no radio and have to hear *duck* jokes, lol.

no mean dogs here:
Ha, sorry Jessica you didn’t get to have Luna and I eaten by a mean doggy! Maybe that’s what Luna knew you were up to when she ran me into that nice wet plant? *see see* I can blame Jessica for that obstacle distraction…yes yes, that’s it!

Hey Luna that’s a curb!
I fond it rather interesting today that Luna did *awesome* with the flat curbs…good thing I hate them, but she didn’t stop at the non-flat ones a couple of times. Although she’s getting great at not looking at me funny when I don’t give her a treat now maybe I’ll switch back to treating her at the curbs a little more often to get her to *remember* to stop at them. I don’t fancy being road kill.

STARBUCKS:
Oh my instructor is sooooooo awesome when she’s not trying to find strange mean dogs to eat us that is! Luna and I got to go to Starbucks since she did a good job on our morning route. She wasn’t overly distracted and I didn’t have to bite her head off too much for blowing curbs *yay*

So, now Luna Moon has the smell of Starbucks in her memory banks and when I get home I can start teaching *find Starbucks*

Oh no, I’m back on the moving steam room bus!!! *cheers* they managed to fix it for the ride back to campus…*air*

lunch already?
OMG, I checked the time and it’s already lunch? Where did the morning go? So no short cat nap today or distress break for me, but soooo tempted to just skip! Chemical overload!

mall mall mall with Christie:
For the afternoon session I *finally* got to work with Christie, but it was only the mall lesson *sighs* I wanted to make her run…not fair!
Luna did one hell of a job in the mall. She *did not* get distracted by anything. She *did not* run me into anything…well, unless you got Sarah and Bonnie who appeared out of no where *whoops*

Now the best part of this lesson was when we worked the escalators. Christie wasn’t sure if Luna would remember them and here’s what happened.

Me, Luna *find the escalator*
Luna, *wag wag* goes the tail and happily puts her feet up on the object she took me too. *here it is*
Christie, Ha she took you to the *planter*
*whoops* hahahah, definitely can’t ride that! But Luna sure was proud of herself.

So we wanted to see if it was a fluke and tried again with the down escalator this time *chuckles* this time she took me between the planter and the escalator *wagging* her tail!

Third time we tried we wanted to get it on video since it was extremely cute and funny. Luna however *did not* cooperate…the brat!! So instead have a *perfect* escalator approach and ride. Great job Luna!

Not this bus again!
Oh no! I’m back on the bus with the radio with no air. Hopefully it still works like this morning.

*groans* nope, they broke it again….that’s it, someone get Leader Dog some new buses! We need working radios and air on all buses!

Back to camps and look it’s time to take the dogs out and then feed them and then dinner and and and…is this day over yet!!!

Sep 25 2014

LD training12, ready to get grossed out?

*wow* what a day it’s been full of laughs, grossing out and new experiences!

What makes a class memorable is not just that awesome dog you receive on dog day, but the people that are also in your class and the instructors you work with and not only trust but they also have a great sense of humor and tease right along with you.

From day one Leader Dog class 15/03 has been absolutely great! We have one person that is kind of iffy, but we’ve found a way to even interact with that person that works for us all and still have a great time. Today was one of those days that outside people got to see how goofy our group is. So, lets tell you about today *chuckles* and for those instructors that missed the fun discussion…I hope you enjoy!!

pig brains, monkey brains and road kill cookbooks?
Mmm, now doesn’t that make you extremely hungry? Yes, you did read that right. Today in the training center we discussed great food items like pig brains, monkey brains and road kill cookbooks.

Jack claims that when it comes to *road kill* it needs to be at least one week old *gags* wonder if he’d like the skunks that live under our porch?

How about for breakfast we serve you up some pig brains with scrambled eggs? If it’s made by John you can be sure it will have hot sauce to put on top. I think the kitchen staff should give him that for breakfast and see what he does since he claims you can’t tell that you’re eating a pig’s brain.

lucy asked John if he ever had monkey brains and that grossed him out…wait, he’s grossed out by monkey brains, but willing to eat pig brains *shudders*

Have I managed to gross you out yet? *snickers* if so then you are in the same boat that a lot of us had this morning while waiting to head back to campus for lunch. Great before lunch time topic, eh?

pictures, vet and media:
I once again have a dog that loves having its picture taken *sighs* Luna sat so pretty, just like a little lady. She didn’t even try and get off the table when it was her turn to take her solo picture. I told her to stay and she did *cheers*

Hey another good thing about having an instructor all to yourself…you don’t have to share her with others in team pictures!!

Luna still occasionally scratches her left ear, but the vet said it looks great so I’ll stop worrying. luna is still at a great body size and I didn’t get yelled at that she lost a little weight *whew*Since the vet said it would be ok I’m going to take her down to just 3 cups a day now instead of 3 and a half. I’ll get her weighed again to make sure it’s not *dropping*

Man, the media part was the hardest for me. I was asked what sorts of things I do…I think the easier question would have ben, what *don’t* I do. I do it all and if I haven’t yet *bet* I’ll definitely find a way to get it done!

first lesson in Portuguese:
*wow* now that was absolutely fun! Tonight was the first time I had a chance to sit down and speak with some of the Brazilian clients. luna and I have flown by some of them on routes, but never had a chance to get to know each other. So I took the opportunity to learn a little Portuguese. As of right now I still remember what they taught me *knocks on my head* but who knows what tomorrow morning will bring. Sorry, I learned how to say some words, but not how to spell them, ha!

night time route:
We had a chance to do the night time route and I decided to go double to help out another classmate who was nervous about the route. I knew from past experience that Luna and I *most certainly* can not lead in a double or will kill the other team.

During the route I learned another thing about miss Luna Moon. She *absolutely* hates being behind someone and walking slow. She most certainly displays her *displeasure** Good thing I remembered to restock the bags in my pocket. An instructor drove by and stopped to help out as well.

Luna and stress or something she isn’t happy about equals *poop* yuck!!!

One great thing about the night time route was Luna did not stop to sniff or get distracted by the things she does during the day. Hmm, maybe I should just switch to going out at night? Hard to really say however since we weren’t going at our speed and such, but fair enough I think. My classmate felt comfortable and I was able to help them out so I feel good about that too.

Now tomorrow is the mall. I think I better bring some money because I have a feeling my dog will want to *shop*

Sep 24 2014

LD training11, pretty calm day

I am so glad that everyone is enjoying the Leader Dog entries. It has been absolutely fun sharing my experiences with you and look forward to sharing more. Tonights entry however is on the calm side.

Our morning started off with a gift. For those of you that read yesterdays training entry you know of the Lucky Charms. *chuckles* Jessica handed me a box of Lucky Charms at breakfast.

Luna was a bit out of sorts today and not sure if it was due to the heat or if she was pissed at me for once again not letting her have those Lucky Charms she really wants!

Today curbs were just not her friend. Dogs distracted her quite a bit and she blew quite a few curbs.

Now her country work was on point. She did a very good job there.

*whew* those overhangs though needs work. Someone need to really water those trees. *ow* they hurt when your trainer pokes you with them *chuckles*

I got Luna weighed this evening and she’s now sitting at 49.4. So she’s lost a little weight, but it it looks good on her. Sorry vets I know you wanted her to gain, but I think Luna has other plans. However she is still enjoying Fromms and hopefully soon I’ll be able to figure out her new *poop* schedule.

I’ll leave you with this:
After every meal Luna flips the bowl over and sniffs around looking for more food making sure that she didn’t miss a piece. Well, tonight she somehow managed to flip the bowl over and it landed on her head and then *snorted and growled* at it. *snickers* Sorry to say Luna no more food will fall out of the bowl that way!

Sep 24 2014

LD training10, one week with Luna Moon

*wow* can you believe it? It’s been a week already! How time flies when you have a dog. Oh the joy she has brought me so far and the headaches too *smiles* lets me know that my flying time with her will be quite the adventure and I’ll always need to be ready for what may come.

Sadly to start off the day I had the worse headache I’ve had in a while so we took the morning off. It just was too unsafe for Luna and I with the state I was in.

*groans* goes Luna about this idea…she hates having time off!

What Luna has to say about distracted obedience time:
Oh great my human is getting her shoes, must mean we’re going somewhere! *spin spin* darn this tie down gets in the way. Come on human let me loose! i’m ready to go go go *bouncy bouncy* Bleh, there goes that tie down choking me again. Someone get this thing off of me!
*groans* there goes that human of mine telling me to settle and sit, but here she comes my way *spin spin* and *snorts* at the tie down. Hmm, guess I better sit like my human keeps saying so we can go.
Ugh, another thing to get in the way. My human says I must *go park* Didn’t I just do that?
*ah* the harness is finally on and I can go work now. My human says *steady* when I practically pull her arm off!
Oh, it’s not the big noisy thing we are going to, but some area where all the other dogs are. Hmm, this is not right, after I go park we are suppose to go to the big noisy thing. *oh well* maybe that’s coming….Oh, *find a seat* my human says. I like finding a seat I always get a treat when I do it right. *wag wag*
*snorts* at my human. i didn’t get a treat but a pat on the head and a *good girl* Of course I’m a good girl…so where’s my treat? Hmph, guess I’ll lay here and wait.

Oh, time for that that thing my human calls obedience, *sit, down, sit, down* Can’t we do something else…*oo wait* there’s my other favourite person, but but, who’s that with her? Did I hear her tell my human it was a dog? A dog! But but, why does she have another dog? This is not right either.
*sit* my human says. Fine I shall sit, but here comes that other dog that should not be. *Luna* my human says. What, can’t you see I’m…oo a *treat* for me. I’ll take that! Ah, that dog is getting closer. *stay* my human says…but I want that dog. Come here you dog! *yipes* my human didn’t like that much and she said that funny *fff* thing and told me to sit.
Oh no, that other dog is coming back around again. *Luna* my human says, but I just ignore her and watch that dog. *Luna* she says again…oh fine, what wha…oo a *treat* I’ll take that again. *sniff sniff* her hand, can I have another?
*stay* my human says and I try really hard to ignore that other dog and it’s getting closer and closer and…*Luna* my human says. I quickly look at her and *wag wag* I get a treat, but then I go after that dog…*yipes* that funny thing my human says and her not so happy sounding voice of me to *leave it* and then she makes me lay down.
*groans* this is not fun. That mean other dog keeps getting me in trouble…and here it comes again. *Luna leave it* my human says. I’ll just watch that dog that can’t get me in trouble can it?
Oh no, it’s coming closer again..I must stay still, I must not go for that dog. *wiggle wiggle* but my human says stay, so I must stay.
*whew* I did it and I even got a treat. Oh I’m so happy now!

Distracted obedience ended.

Bus ride to the store:
Jessica is our driver for the trip to the store. I can’t remember the last person on the bus with us, but there was Karen, Bonnie, John, Jack, I want to say it was Vickie and myself. I also probably spelled their names wrong…*sorry*

Karen, there’s this song
John, Jessica can you turn on some air?
Karen begins to sing this song about Iodine. *chuckles* funny little song, but sorry can’t remember the words so can’t type them for you.
Karen gets to the end
John, My dog was covering her ears
Karen, there’s this other song about cigarettes *chuckles* Jessica turns on the music right at that point. hahahahah that cracks us all up. Talk about timing eh?
Karen, why did I pick Leader Dogs again?
*snickers* we all love you Karen!

Luna displays her displeasure:
So this afternoon we went to the grocery store and worked with the pups on follow. Luna does a great job at following. My title miss also showed me the sorts of things she likes. Lucky charms, peanut butter, milk bones and a squeaky duck. I’ll make sure to buy her at least a squeaky toy at some point. Oh, *whoops* she also wanted some chicken.

But then we get to the fish section and um well, Luna decides enough is enough. I wouldn’t let her get her Lucky Charms that she really wanted, nor the chicken and the smell of the fish was *not* to her liking, so she begins to leave us a *smelly* package of her own.
*yipes* pull out the bag and get ready, but nothing comes out yet. Quick round of obedience Jessica suggests hoping it will work its way back up…then we decide nope lets *run* for the door and get her outside.

*oh no!* we didn’t make it!

Clean up on isle 4!!

I hand Jessica all the bags I have and watch Luna in case she wants to give us *several* piles, but she’s all done. We get it all cleaned up and take Luna out anyway, just in case. of course Luna’s like *I did that already*

I put the harness back on her and back through the store we go to finish the lesson.

Luna does an awesome job when it comes to the grocery cart. She stays behind it or slightly off to the side so she can look and when we switched to me pulling while she guided, she was great! Her pace was good and she didn’t get overly distracted by things she wanted. Telling her *straight* kept her moving along. It was the cart that didn’t want to listen when it came to right turns. *chuckles*

STARBUCKS!!
*cheers* I got my Starbucks!! Miss Luna Moon got lots of praise and *aww* what a pretty dog and she’s well behaved. *yay* Luna!

Sep 23 2014

LD training9, lets throw in construction

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages…for those of you that really know me you will find this shocking, so I do hope you are sitting down *chuckles*

The reason this post is late is because I actually was *asleep*

Are you all still there? *smiles* I hope so! Hahah, yes I was *sleeping* only for 3 hours, but hey that’s more than I’ve gotten in one sitting since like um July I think.

Now on to the good stuff now that I hope you’ve all revived yourselves..

Luna and the stuff puppies:
This morning I didn’t give any thought to the 2 stuff puppies I bought at the gift store…a black lab and a shepherd, but Luna sure did. I had them sitting on my pillow and she was just *not* having that miss Luna Moon jumps on the bed and pulls the puppies off of the bed and lays down with them. Well, which do I tell her *no* to first…for now *no* will do for both. I pick up the puppies and put them back on the bed and tell her leave it…hahah yeah right she says. *back* on the bed she goes and pulls them off again and lays down with them on the floor. So ok, that clearly didn’t work…on to plan b.

*pick up the puppies* Luna leave it.
Luna *sniff sniff sniff* but she doesn’t get up….good girl!
*put puppies back on bed*
Luna *snorts and jumps on bed*
Clearly miss Luna does not like the fact that these dogs are on the bed and she *is not* So I tell her no off and she plops her little butt on the floor *glaring* at the puppies on the bed…hahahah this is rather amusing I must say…
*Luna *paws on the bed while snorting*
Nope, sorry miss lady the answer is still *no* This time I take one puppy at a time off the bed while having her sit like a nice girl she is and lets her sniff away….she quickly loses interest in the one I’m holding and *glares and snorts* at the one still on the bed.
Do you know how hard it is trying not to laugh at a dog while showing them that on the bed is not where they belong, but they keep doing something amusing? If not, you need a much more amusing dog, hahaahah. So, I sit one puppy on the bed but out of her sight and pick up the other one. Luna happily *sniffs* it and then snorts and walks away. Hmm, guess she no longer cares about my mutts on the bed. I will definitely have to see what she does another time.

The food switch:
Tomorrow Luna will be completely switched to the new food. Fromms Chicken. She absolutely loves it. I’m still waiting to see if it will agree with her. It’s a very nerve racking wait time.

*whew* at breakfast she was a nightmare and wouldt settle down for anything which is *so* not like her. Finally I got up and she practically pulled my arm off towards the door.

Um yep, I think my girl needs out and like *right now* By this lovely experienced I learned that Luna will constantly annoy me until she gets my attention that *hey mom* I need out.

She definitely goes after the Fromms *way* more than she did the Purina. I do think the amount will need to change since now with the kibble size difference she’s getting more than what she was getting with Purina.

doubles:
During the morning training when did the *p* route in pairs. As you all have read and some have seen, Luna and I can fly so pairing us with someone is well *not* going to be exact, but maybe close.

So I got to go out with Fred. At the beginning with both had the same idea. We wanted the other to go first to get an idea of how fast the other was. fred was concerned he’d run us over and I wanted to know how much I’d need to slow Luna down or let her fly. *snickers* Jessica told Fred he wouldn’t have to worry about running us over, but I don’t think he quite understood that then. So, I went first…Poor Fred, I don’t think he’ll want to *fly* with Luna and I anymore! I think I nearly killed him and his puppy. After a while I let Fred take the lead and keep it. Didn’t want him trying to put the blame on me for killing him.

*chuckles* Fred is amusing. near the end of the route he calls out while we’re climbing this *horrible* hill…*I hear you breathing* I quickly respond *Luna, shhhh you’re too loud* hahahah!

Who authorized this construction?
For the afternoon training we do the same route as the morning, but this time as a solo, *cheers* this time I can let Luna fly as long as I know who’s ahead of me and time it just right. *whoops* but now there’s construction when there was none during the morning run. Now we have to get around the *fake* obstacles that Leader puts up and deal with loud beeping construction trucks. *sighs* can I have a refund?

Off Luna and I go around the obstacles *good girl*…damn, spoke to soon!

Luna *sniff sniff*…leave it…take a few steps, *sniff sniff* goes that Luna again…No, leave it, lets go. Take another few steps, *sniff sniff* goes Luna.

*groans* fine I’ll fix you. I pull out the gentle leader, put it on her and off we go…*ah* much better. But hell, now I forgot where the hell we are and my stupid trekker has decided it doesn’t want to work. I think it knows I hate the things *chuckles*

So Luna and I get to a curb and I think I’m suppose to turn left but not really sure…oh well, left it is. *whee* down the hill we go! Yep, this must be the right place. This was the perfect time for me without Jessica around to see how she really does at our flying speed and getting her to slow down.

*yeah* I shouldn’t have worried, the girl is a champ and listens well..but 8whew* I’m hot now, time to stop and strip!

We’re nearly back to the training center at the last corner and the stupid construction truck picks then to turn on their beep thing…*great* I can’t hear a thing so I really hope I don’t get *squished* by a car.

I’m writing this entry so clearly we made it in one piece *grins*

Luna’s weakness:
One of Luna’s weaknesses are squirrels. Sometimes she does *awesome* at ignoring them, but other times it’s *oo squirrels* and keeping her on track is a *handful*

Leader has a squirrels tail on a string that Jessica pulled out to torture my poor girl with after dinner and the session started off rocky, but started getting a better response. I now have the squirrel with me and will work with Luna in the room with it. *snickers* I just have to remember to put it in the closet so as not to freak out the cleaning people in the mornings.

Luna’s puppy raiser:
Sadly Luna’s raiser won’t be coming to visit on Saturday, but I do have her contact information. I sent her an introduction email and I hope she got it since sometimes I guess due to my domaine name some clients sticks my emails in peoples junk folder. I’ll wait until the end of the week or maybe even Saturday and give her a call. I hope she enjoys the blog entries and the videos.

Well, until the next entry, take care all!

Sep 21 2014

LD training8, Day of rest

*whew* what a week it’s been! It’s finally time for that day of rest…*whoops* but not for me. I have to play catch up for school. Much to my horror I discovered that there’s an assignment due Monday morning!!! *yipes* How the hell did that happen? I totally missed something! It wouldn’t be so bad if CU Learn cooperated with speech software since that’s where the assignment needs to be submitted, but *nooooo* it’s a horrible thing worse than blackboard for those college students that are familiar with that system.

*quick* send an email to the professor and the TA’s to set up the backup route for submitting assignments while *cursing* the whole time.

Now, even though I’m behind in one class, I’m fine for the other probably cause it’s shorter *chuckles* and it’s twice a week. For some reason I remember to check it more than my Social Work class. Guess my *many many* personalities loves Mystery of the Mind better.

I would have loved to take Luna Moon out on the practice route for some work, but since I was horribly frustrated decided that wouldn’t be a good idea. So stuck around the room and chased each other instead with her toys.

Here’s a funny story regarding John and his pup:
Today was laundry day for just about everyone and John was in his room folding his laundry. Well, every time he’d fold a shirt and place it on the corner of his bed his pup will *steal* it from the corner of his bed and stick it in the corner. John would fold another shirt and go to place it on the other shirt but *whoops* no shirt there!

John *what the hell, where is that shirt*
pup *wags tail*

So he finds the shirt in the corner, picks it up, folds it and goes to put it on top of the other shirt…um, but guess what? hahahahaah, *no shirt* His pup has stolen that shirt he put down and carried it away while he was looking for the one before. So word to the wise or any friends of John’s…*watch* if you’re folding clothes around his dog!

luna’s food switch:
The food switch with Luna is going well. The silly girl just has to go into the bathroom where the Fromms bag is sitting and *sniff sniff* think she likes it? Doing the switch has sadly changed her *poop* schedule on me. Now I’ll have to play the guessing game again *groans* Speaking of *poop* think it’s about that time I take her out to see if she does more than *stare* at me like I’m nuts!

Note:
Some people have asked me about the campus and hopefully next week I won’t be behind in school work and I can *stumble* around campus and make an audio tour for you. Sorry no *video* of that!

Sep 21 2014

LD training7, squirrels, obstacles and for puppy raisers

For those viewing this by email there are videos in this post. You can either go to my blog directly or to my youtube channel, youtube.com/canadianlynx1 to view them. These videos are titled North Hills and are in 3 parts.

*shakes a fist*

I asked Jessica to bring back my nice sweet puppy and she ordered a army…yes I said army of squirrels! These squirrels most certainly took a lass in the best way to torment dogs and drive their handlers to drinking. I’m definitely not the only one that was wishing for a gun.

Luna the Terror was *way* distracted even with the gentle leader. So much so that after we were well away from the dog torturing squirrels she just didn’t want to work with it on.

Luna and obstacles:
Below are 3 videos that I would love to share with you. For all those puppy raisers that don’t get a chance to see what those future Leader Dogs can do once they are Leader Dogs I hope you enjoy.

The first video is Luna and I working through a full obstacle.

Sadly we didn’t get a perfect on obstacles since we needed to re-work one. Luna pulled me around, but I managed to step on the edge of one of the cones. So this next video is Luna and I re-working a partial obstacle. This one is pretty short.

This final video shows how the cutback turns are done. Although they confuse the heck out of me, we managed to do one hell of a job on this one, *cheers* This is also a short one.

I still need to work on better reading Luna when she has to push me to the right to get around something because her sign for that is pretty subtle. I’m very proud of my girl! Thank you so much to all the puppy raisers out their who puts in time with these guys at an early age and thanks to Leader *Jessica and her raiser* for Training my girl!

food change:
Tonight I started a food switch with Luna. She’ll be going from Purina to Fromms. Man, when I gave her dinner tonight she like scarfed down the new food right away and then slowed down when it was all gone and only purina was left, *chuckles* In case ones are wondering I’m doing a food switch because I don’t like the aftermath *what comes out* with her on Purina. It’s way too soft and hard for me to know if something is ever wrong. I’ve had good success with Fromms so I’m hoping that it agrees with her.

Playtime with Luna:
Earlier I posted a video that shows our first off leash playtime. Definitely go check it out. It is *super* cute!!

playing with Luna

Harness work inside:
*whew* wow dinner was quiet tonight. No, *sit…down…leave it* I had no dogs nose in my shoe or somehow managing to stick their nose under my shirt, *snickers* Everyone at my table was definitely pleased with the now able to use the harnesses inside! On to breakfast!!!

BINGO:
*wow* bingo definitely was great. I had a horrible headache but I still went and loved it. Things got pretty heated near the end when it was *slow close* and *anyone’s* game. I was working 2 cards mine and another clients and I was *definitely* tempted to switch cards when his number was called instead of mine giving him *bingo* Sometimes it sucks being too nice, hahahaha.

Tomorrow is a *no work day* so unless something major comes up I’m going to skip a Leader Dog post and work on catching up on school work. I’m a little behind!

Until next time *Luna the snorer* and I say good-night.

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