Nov 13 2014

Luna and Shout Sister Choir

So, maybe it’s about that time I finally tell you about Luna and Shout Sister Choir. You know since our first small show was like forever ago now on October 23rd. Damn time just keeps getting away from me and stuff just keeps getting in the way of me posting about this show.

First before I get to the show…I know I know, putting it off yet again ha! Luna has been to a couple of practices with me and has done an awesome job. The first practice was with the Thursday group which is the group I actually practice with and the second one was the Tuesday group.

Hmm, I’m not too sure what she thinks of that group. every time we were done with a song she kept trying to leave! *snickers* Maybe that’s a bad sign?

So ok, here it is, our first choir show.

Our first show as I said was pretty small, just at one of the local nursing homes. I had Luna’s harness with me, but not on her because during shows it’s loads going on and of course I knew she’d get lots of attention. Plus if there’s run we also dance. The dog and I, not the choir, ha! Everyone knows Shout Sister has a dog in the group so I’m never bothered about not having the dog in harness, but keep it with me just in case there’s ever a problem.

So we get to the place where we will be sining and I get ready to attach Luna to my belt loop so I can have hands free. Usually this is not a problem and goes just fine, but um . . . *yipes*

Luna all of a sudden gets all excited just when I’m about to attach her to my pants and takes off pulling the leash from my hand.

Quick, someone grab her! I call out.
Choir members attempt just that, but that darn little rocket is quick and tiny and slips between legs. No one has a clue yet what the heck Luna has her eyes set on!

Someone finally is able to grab the leash…*groans* goes Luna as she’s brought back to me.

I hurry up this time and attach her to my pants while the little bugger is still trying to get away!

You know what had her attention? *smiles* I’ll tell you at the end.

So I get her all settled and she behaves like the good girl she is and like she hasn’t done anything wrong.

Luna, me get away,never! I would never do such a thing. I’m a good girl.


Ready for part two? Oh yes, Luna tries it again, but this time she’s attached to me!

We finish the show and of course Luna gets loads of attention cause she’s so awesome and good. However we didn’t get to dance because the area was just too small for that. So they didn’t get to see how good she is there.

We were getting ready to go when once again Luna makes a run for it!!

*eep* as I go flying along with her…remember she’s attached to my pants!

I grumble and pull her back once a choir member keeps me from flying over a table and make her sit.

Luna says *yeah right* and tries again to go after what has her attention. I’m going to have it I am I am I am, she thinks.

This time I’m prepared and don’t go flying across the room and I pull her back for the second time.

*grumble, snort and probably some doggy curses* as for the third time she makes a break for it! Mine mine mine.

Fine, I give up! I let her drag me to the object that so had her attention.

You ready to hear what it was?

A statue of a dog about the same size as her! Yes, a bloody darn dog statue.

Here’s the best part. After I let her drag me to it…she won that war, *hmph* She turned around, sat down and looked up at me like ok, are we done now?

lol, that cracked everyone up and I just had to roll my eyes. I put her harness on and we got the heck out of there. Of course after more pats and love and scratches for the silly mutt!

So, now that the first show is out of the way, it leaves me to wondering, what will Luna do for the next show where bells will be involved?

If you’re in Ottawa Ontario Canada, come check us out. Make sure to come early, show starts at noon!
December 14, 2014
City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West
in the main hall, Jean Piggot Hall

Nov 09 2014

Hey, where did that month go?

Oops I blinked and a month completely flew by. Where did it go?

Can you believe that Luna Moon and I have been home one month already? No, well, neither can I!

It’s been a very busy month since we got home on October 9th.

settle into our real life routine
school school and more school
first small choir show
take off to Toronto
convince Luna that daylight savings is the enemy when it comes to meal time
make adoption plans
figure out if we have to move
try and keep daughter from spending all my money
find time to go to Starbucks
chase down people at Algonquin College

And and and, did I forget something? *whew* I need a vacation just to catch up with life. Someone please tel it to *slow* down!

It’s definitely starting to get cold here and that horrible snow is on the way. I can’t wait to see what Luna does when it’s sadly here to stay.

So, we had a bit of a scare when it came to a traffic check while we were in Toron to which made my little pocket rocket a little uneasy. To get her back to at least comfortable I kept her away from Carleton University this past week as well just to keep the stress down. I’m happy to say that just doing a little work that doesn’t make her yell at me she’s doing ok as for speed. I still need to work on reminding her to stop at curbs and not fly across the street or help her feel comfortable in crossing if cars happen to be near by. Will have to see what this week brings. Another busy week coming up.

Hey I wonder if this entry will count as my 30 day check in for Leader?

So until next time, later from Luna and I!

Nov 03 2014

trip to Toronto

Finally, I got to see more of Toronto than just the airport or the Greyhound bus station, lol.

Wednesday morning James Luna and I headed out to spend a few days in Toronto for the CNIB Braille conference hosted by CNIB

The trip started off with us finally packing for the trip like at 6 that morning. Talk about last minute packing, eh? It all worked out just fine. We had plenty of time to possibly forget something, play, feed, water and park luna a couple of times, fight with traffic and still got to the bus station with time to spare. Man, we’re good!

Wow, I absolutely have to say I *love* having a small dog now. It’s nothing like being stuck in seats with no leg room for ourself and having to throw in a dog. Luna is just the right size. Just throw her on, hahah just kidding didn’t really throw her, but she hopped right on, settled on the floor and slept the whole trip there. Only bothered to wake up when I coaxed her off the bus at the rest stop to see if she needed to stretch her paws. She was even a good girl for James when I left her with him to run inside the store so that I could go park myself. She didn’t whine or try and get away.

At the hotel for the first little while she was dog distracted with all the different guide dogs around so I kept the gentle leader on her whenever we weren’t in the room just in case I had to do some serious controlling.

OMG, who the heck let out all the dogs from GDB Poor Luna was like the only black lab and the only one from Leader.

Lets play the game, which of these things is not the same? lol.

Once again she showed me how extremely smart and observant she is. The relieving area at the hotel was a little of a walk from our room and after being shown where it was once, she had it the second time I took her out. I wasn’t exactly sure on where to make at least one of the turns, but she just pulled me along, lol. Follow your dog, right, isn’t that what they beat into your heads?

We sadly did have a too close for comfort traffic check that could have had a different ended than it did.

We decided to try and go find food that wouldn’t break the bank like most hotels do with a group of friends, one being another guide dog team. we got to this one street crossing and was in the middle of the crossing when car went right between Luna and I and the other guide dog team. They didn’t slow down, they didn’t stop, just drove right on through. Luna did exactly what she was suppose to do and stopped and stepped back, but even with her stepping back, the car was still too close. I could have reached out and touched it without putting my hand out too far. If not for that step back or if I wasn’t paying attention to Luna, that could have ended way worse.

luna however was affected by the incident. She was extremely hesitant in traveling and when we came to a curb or driveway she would either run across it or not want to go at all. This of course seriously concerned me and I got in touch with Leader Dog on Friday to see what to do and explain what happened. I also decided not to work Luna that day to lessen the stress she may have been feeling since I learned her stress signs while in class. I just saved working her when I had to take her to park.

So, I heard from Jessica and got some things to try to see if that will bring her back up to speed and I’ll be trying those now that we’re back home.

She seems fine and happy now that we’re back home, but I haven’t worked her yet either haha, just lots of playtime, but that is soon coming to an end.

Oh yes, another great thing happened while I was off playing in Toronto. I finally heard from Luna’s puppy raiser and got loads of pictures! *cheers*

Oct 26 2014

Did we disappear?

Whew, I know many are wondering where did Luna and I disappear to after getting home? It’s been busy along with sick! Um for me not for luna. That little pocket rocket of mine is doing just great!

settling at home:
Well, my little pocket rocket, Luna moon settled into the house like she’s been with me for years and we were just away on a small vacation. The only minor issue at first was getting her to park in the backyard, but I figured out why that was an issue. It’s mainly dirt/mud back there and she didn’t like stepping in it, lol. So I started alternating between the front yard and the backyard and things seem to be better for now. When it rains however it’s definitely the front yard and hope I don’t miss something.

She hasn’t tried exploring the bathrooms and drinking out of the toilets which is great since we never remember to close the doors. She most certainly has not trying stealing things from trash cans that she shouldn’t. Again another good thing since I forgot the ones in the bathroom aren’t dog proof!

I’ve already switched to off leash time at home since she settled in pretty well. The only time she goes on is if she gets too excited and forgets how to listen, if she hasn’t done anything outside for me yet or the first time we had company over. Just to keep her on the calm side.

playtime with Luna:
OMG, if I thought this girl was nuts at Leader during our playtime…that was nothing compared to how it is here at home. Maybe that’s because she has *loads* more space than we had in the rooms. Man, she runs around the house like her tails on fire. Nope, make that she *gallops* around the house. It’s rather amusing to see and I’ll try and catch it on video one day.

talk talk talk:
Sheesh, Jessica are you sure you gave me a lab? Luna just won’t shut up! *chuckles* this is the first lab I’ve ever met that loves and I do mean *loves* to talk, and she does it just the right times to.

Carleton University:
The first time I took Luna to campus it was just a quick show her where my classes are and make sure I showed her the right paths we had to go down to get to the doors we needed and into the tunnels. I have to say that showing her just once she completely blew my mind by getting it *absolutely* correct the next time we did it. She didn’t hesitate, she didn’t look at me funny when I forgot to give her a treat at one spot because I was too proud of her for not taking us off the wrong direction that it took me a while to realize *whoops* forgot to treat her there.

The first walk she was a bit nervous on going even half our speed because of all the people. Way more than the college we practiced at at Leader, but maybe like that horrible mall we went to near the end. However after she realized that they weren’t going to move for her and just kept jumping in our way, she just runs them over hahaha, but shhhh don’t tell!

Tuesday wwas actually suppose to be our first full day at Carleton, but for whatever reason that day luna just didn’t want to be at school and I really should have taken my cue from her since our morning class that day was a movie and was completely *boring*

So we ditched the second class and came home, lol.

Again, Luna moves around Carleton likes she’s been doing it with me from the beginning. No challenge for her. What a trooper!

Shout Sister Choir:
Luna is now our *new* Shout Sister puppy and everyone absolutely loves her! I took her to practice with me on Thursday October 16th and just like home and school she laid on the floor and didn’t move one bit. Well, until someone dropped their water ball on her head, *whoops*

I was told she gave the person a dirty looked, whimpered and then moved to the other side of me, hahahahahah!

With Shout Sister Choir you don’t have to stay in one section all the time. You can sing high for one song if you like and then some other song maybe sing in the low section. It’s pretty cool…and we don’t sing boring songs either, just saying! So, the reason I brought this up is because we got to a song where there’s lots of section changes, people going here and over there. I pretty much stay in lead except for one song, which we’re not doing right now, but ah well. Luna however decides that she wants to get up and move to another section *snickers* Think she was trying for the high section. Then again maybe she just wanted further away from the person that dropped the bottle on her head. She kept giving her looks. Bad news for her was she couldn’t go far, she was attached to my belt loop.

We decided that since Luna is a black lab and during shows we wear all black, she definitely needs a shirt to stand out. I mean, how can she be the hit of the show if you can’t see she’s there? hmph!

We had our first show this past Thursday and I’ll write about that in another post. It definitely had an amusing moment.

Ah, now Luna and distractions. Definitely have to take a step back and work on those, but not as far as working goes. No no, her distraction now is when she’s not working and we’re doing obedience and she knows her toys are around someplace. Lots of *grumbling* on her part, but I don’t listen, ha!

As for squirrels. She’s seen those a few times as well both in and out of harness. She’s not pulling my arm off like I must have those now now now, but for sure holds her attention. What I found works so far is I just stop and stand there and let her look at them. eventually she gets bored and no longer excited. I only do this at home of course because I no the little buggers are there and it’s not all the time. I only do it when she’s overly excited and my guess is there’s more than one or two nearby. Other times she ignores them and up to the house we fly!

Working on squirrels at home as I said is great because I know they are there and I can take the time to stand there and correct her if she pulls for them or stand there and treat her if she stays still and most certainly when I can get her to focus on me and not them and we can go inside.

I believe there’s squirrels around my college campus as well, but since I’m not always near the area where they are it’s hard to test to see if my method is working. *sighs*

What’s next on our list? Luna and I will be heading to Toronto on Wednesday. First greyhound trip. Lets see how this goes.

Oct 13 2014

Only Skin Deep

Clearly what we had
was only skin deep.
I stood by you from beginning to end
supported you through thick and thin.
But the moment the tides changed
you quickly ran the other way.
Broke my heart
without a seconds thought
on a day I’ll never forget.
You jumped into the arms of another
while claiming you still love me.
You must take me for a fool
to think I’ll believe that.
Our love was only skin deep
and nothing will ever be the same.

Inspired by: Neechi and Schon

Oct 12 2014

LD training concluded

Finally, here’s what happened on our trip home *smiles* Sorry it took a while but I gave us some time to do absolutely nothing! of course not to mention that bug that tried to catch me in Michigan, yeah it caught up with me at home *cough cough* bleh!

off to the airport:
So we left Leader around 10:30AM or so and got to the airport close to noon. I was still a bit nervous since she still did not give me a poop. Pee liked 50,000 times, but not what I wanted her to give me.

I chose to go sighted guide instead of working her the the airport since it was just me. Again keep down her stress level which in my mind would lessen the chances of *stress* poop.

We got to the security check point and everyone was like, do it this way, do it that way and and and . . . I was like no, Luna and I will do it like this

I told the volunteer David to go ahead of me through the check point. Once he was through I asked the security guy to let me know exactly where the machine was and to direct me to where the center of it was. Nothing like running smack into the thing when you thing you’re lined up right *ow* So he give me tiny directions to help me line up. Once I was ready I told them that I would come through first and then have Luna come through after me. I informed them that Luna would set off the machine. They were all cool with that and a little confused, hahahah. Apparently they’ve never seen it done the way I was about to do it.

I told Luna to sit and to stay and switched to the long leash again telling Luna to stay, and she did. Such a good girl! I repeated stay as I walked through the machine. Once I felt I was clear I called Luna to come. She happily flew right on through setting off the alarm of course. I then had her sit nice while the security guy checked her out. They told me she was such a cute, pretty good girl *smiles*

Off we went to our gate where Luna settled under my chair while we waited.

things that make you say hmm:
While we were waiting this old lady was sitting next to us and asking all about my puppy and training and where I’m from and so on. But she had to go and make a statement that made me have to bite my tongue and just shake my head.

Lady, how long have you and your puppy known each other?
Me, 26 days.
Lady, oh that’s nice and where are you from?
Me, I’m from Ottawa Ontario Canada.
Lady, oh, I couldn’t live there their medical insurance is too high.

Then she went on to discuss other things and somehow ended up back on health care and this is what she said:

Lady, I’m going to Ottawa to visit my sister. I didn’t want you thinking I was going there for Ottawa’s free health care.

Um, wonder where she’s finding this free health care. Not to mention didn’t she just say it was too expensive? *scratches head*

damn small planes:

Time to board the plane, time for home!


Ow my head. Darn small planes not made for tall people! I want my money back for my head injury…again.

I was able to change my seat from bulkhead to a regular seat. I hate bulkhead, bleh! I remove Luna’s harness and she squeezed between the seats while I grumbled that this is even tight for a skinny person, sheesh!

I get settled and my girl plops on the floor and like completely curls up under the seat in front of us and goes to sleep. Wow, what a trooper. Guess I’ll have nothing to worry about. Good, brief catnap for me.

what Luna thinks of the customs guy:
Now do you remember that poop that Luna didn’t give yet, well um here it comes.

So we get to customs and just my luck I get the dumbest guy on the planet. He’s like never seen a guide dog, that’s fair not everyone has so I’m telling him about how training goes and what the purpose of the dogs are, then he turns around and ask I paid for the dog and if I declared it on the customs card? Um, WTF? Now there is a first. Really just my luck and I really need to park myself. So instead of going through everything again I hand him a Leader Dog card get Luna’s records out of my backpack and try to give them to him…nope, he was like I don’t know what to do with this you didn’t declare the dog and and *growls* please just get me someone else th….whoops, Luna picks this time to um display her displeasure about the customs guy!

You guessed it, she decided now was the best time to take that poop I wanted earlier. I was like oh gods please don’t let this be the *squueeshy* kind.

Luckily it wasn’t!

I grabbed a bag and as I picked it up I said to Luna, I understand that guy is a total shit, hahahahah. The person helping me out cracked up laughing and took me to another agent!

welcome home:
Luna and I made it home in one piece and she settled in just great. We made it home whn I thought we would around her dinner time. She’s so smart I didn’t even have to tell her to sit out of my way. I grabbed her food bowl and she sat in the middle of the kitchen and waited *cheers*

After she ate she sniffed every inch of the house and found it to her liking.

I have a crate for her downstairs and a tent for her upstairs and she will happily go in both of them.

luna and the squeaky bone:
oo, a new toy hiding under the couch…mommy give me that bone I can’t reach it. So I hand her the bone and well *chuckles* this is what happens.

squeak squeak goes the bone as Luna starts to chew on it.
Yipes, goes Luna as she drops it on the floor. Luna then proceeds to bat the bone with her paw.
Squeak goes the bone and Luna glares at it.
Then Luna decides to nudge it with her nose instead…whew, no squeaky so she places a paw on it.
Squeak goes the bone…moving backwards goes Luna glaring at the bone!

hahahah, this is too amusing. How I wish I had my camera going.

luna moves back up to the bone and gently picks it up…oh, good it didn’t squeak so I’ll just chew on it a little more.
Squeak goes the bone, Luna quickly drops it on the floor and paws the bone away then glares at it once again.

lol, this goes on for at least 10 minutes before I finally call it quits when she places her head on my lap wondering what the hell to do.

Apparently bones are just not suppose to squeak at her!

I’m hoping tomorrow I’m feeling well enough to get us out and I can start patterning her to certain areas I need her to find…like our house, lol. But all is well and Luna is busy snoring. Stay tuned for more adventures as they happen.

Oh yes, I can also gladly say that I have not had one *stress* squishy poop since we got home and Saturday is now over, but I have to find a way to get her to stop eating the darn grass when it’s time to go outside.

Oct 09 2014

LD training26, going home

Well, it’s that time. I am now the last to leave from class 15-03. It has been quite the adventure. Now here’s my good-bye video and I hope you enjoy!

May and Luna from Leader Dog class 15-03

Oct 08 2014

LD training25, last day of training

Hey there everyone. For those following by email this entry does have videos. To view them please go to my site or my youtube channel

There has been a minor change in what I was going to put up. Since I need one more entry for day 26 so our fair well to Leader Dogs will be tomorrow morning before I leave campus since I have hours to kill.

This morning was one last route to say good-bye to those annoying squirrels, dogs and strange people, lol.

I picked to do the “P” route as my solo last route. Luna did a great job and here are a couple videos for you.

First video check out Luna and I flying down the first leg.

Oh yeah, you also get to see the cool new jacket I bought, lol.

The next video is us going through construction. I like totally forgot that there was construction on this route and as we’re making our way down the road I’m like thinking “ah hell!” The construction guys were pretty funny too.

Now after the construction Luna and I came across to this *pissed off* dog. We were crossing a driveway and this growling, barking dog comes running towards us. Luna tries putting herself in front of me and at first I’m trying to keep her moving, but it wasn’t happening. The annoying mean dog is still coming, I’m like *oh fuck* drop my jacket and just hold tight to my dog. Luna puts herself in front of me and we wait it out and I’m wondering where Jessica is currently hiding hahahaha.

Finally Luna decides enough of this and I grab my jacket off the ground and we take off! *whew*

What a way to end training eh, get eaten by a *pissed off* dog.

Man, that Luna already shows that she can trick me. *grumbles*

One of the things I wanted to work on with Luna is recall while she was far away from me or off leash altogether. Well, Jessica gave me a 10 ft. long leash to practice with and Luna just would not stay if I got too far away from her no matter what. So today Jessica watches to see how things go and would you believe this?

That darn *brart* of a dog of mine did absolutely perfect! She didn’t get up once. She even stayed still while Jessica like dropped money in front of her and then went close to her wanting to pet her! Like really? I couldn’t get her to do that at all yesterday when it was just her and I practicing, and she just had to go and show Jessica I had *no* clue what I was talking about, lol.

This afternoon the Brazilians left for home. I wish all those guys the best and it was so cool getting to meet them and learning a little Portuguese.

Now I’m going to sign off because I seriously need to get some packing done. Anyone want to come do that for me? *sighs* I hate packing! Then I have to say by to even more friends at the god awful our of 6:15AM.

Tune in tomorrow morning for my good-bye message from Leader!

Oct 07 2014

LD training24, nearing the end

OMG, the time is getting closer! Quick, someone slam on the breaks I can’t get off yet, but that’s only because there’s a motorcycle show coming this weekend and I want to go go go!! So not fair, why couldn’t that have been this past weekend, you know like when I’m here?

Ah well!

morning training:
So, today was another awesome work day for miss Luna Moon! We worked downtown on various things, obstacles, curbs pace and pull and our very favorite *distractions*

It hit me during the middle of our route that this was the first time Luna and I actually got to do a solo, just Luna and I. Usually I’ve given up doing a solo to be moral support for one of my classmates and I don’t regret that one bit.

Luna ran through this mornings route almost perfectly. She only ran me into one overhang that was nice and wet *smack* right in the face! I wasn’t sure if she was trying to dodge something else and missed the wet tree, but when we re-worked it she got it right.

Some annoying squirrel came out to pay us a visit and she was still distracted by that, but that was partly my fault I stopped her when she started getting distracted instead of us moving right along.

Then this car popped out of no where when we are close to the training center and of course my girl angles herself in front of me and we stop. I nicely tell the driver that they are blocking my way, hahahahaha, thanks David and Jessica!

afternoon training:
Off to Detroit we go one last time! Did I mention that I hate the big city! *chuckles* no, must have forgot that part. I really do hate the big city now, no longer use to it, but I went because it would be another good experience for Luna and I with busy streets, loads of curb work and the people mover.

Oh and can’t forget those escalators! Man, Luna *loves* those things. I’m so going to be in trouble whenever we pass b some in the mall on the way to Starbucks…Speaking of Starbucks, Jessica oh Jessica, one more Starbucks run tomorrow, please please!!!

Um right, so back to today hahaha. Luna gets so excited when she sees escalators and nearly bounces us up to them and almost forgets that I’m attached to her, lol. Definitely something to keep an eye on, but still amusing to see.

I’m very comfortable with the progress Luna and I have made and can’t wait to drag her off to Canada and move to our second stage together. Our forever stage!

Heads up for tomorrow. There will hopefully be 2 videos in tomorrows entry and just like the meet Luna entry you may need tissue.

Have a great night!

Oct 06 2014

LD training23, quiet day

Today is a short post.

This morning Jim and his pup went home after breakfast. Come back Jim, come back. You left and stuck us with Fred! Ha, just kidding, hope you and that boy of yours do well.

I’ve been doing nothing but sneezing and coughing since last night. Just what I need, to be sick before going home, bleh!

Since I’m sick, Luna felt like joining the party and having me worry all day. We thought Luna had those lovely horrible tape worms. *sighs* what we absolutely did not want before going home either! So I was pretty bumped about hearing that could be the case right at this point. Things fly smoothly to have a crash right at the end.

Luckily late this afternoon we found out that it isn’t too terrible. She does have a minor bug that should be cleared up by Wednesday. That definitely allowed me to breathe a bit. I’ll breathe even easier when she’s 100 percent.

Tomorrow we get to play around with squirrels so that I can hopefully get Luna to see that she really doesn’t want to chase them up trees! Wish me luck.

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