LD Training12 Night Time Walk with Wren and Christmas Lights

Good evening everyone!

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You’ve already heard from miss Wren for today, so this entry won’t be very long, smiles.

We did our night time route and Wren did one hell of a job!

Finally, there is a video of us working together and I’m hoping the person running the camera caught Wren looking back at me every time she wanted a treat so you get to see what I was talking about in the other post with her demanding her treats, lol.

For those that hoped I was feeling better, thank you, yes I’m doing ok. Was just having a day of seriously missing my boys and was just too emotional to work my girl today.

Ha, but she totally made me feel better by jumping all over me and giving me loads of doggy kisses and sitting on my head.

Yep, that’s my girl!

LD Training6 Squirrels and Santa

You can’t have a time at Leader Dogs without those awesome, lovely, fun loving squirrels!

Working with phil
I asked for dog distractions, not squirrels. Dogs dogs dogs! Take away these blasted squirrels!

Tara, was first out today and she mentioned that she got dog distractions and I was really hoping I would get some so I could see what Wren would be like since I have them at work.

But nooooooo, I had to go and get those little buggers, squirrels squirrels squirrels! Isn’t it too cold for these little monsters to be out?

I have to say though, that after I got her attention back on me Wren did a great job on finishing out the route. It was our best route so far!

Linda is so totally awesome, but it was nice having a good route without her to show me that Wren and I could work together was we ironed out the bugs. Minor bugs, but it felt good knowing we can be a good team. It’s hard this time around having a trainer that is the trainer of the dog as well. I love a challenge, but whew, it’s work, smiles. My last time here Jessica was not Luna’s main trainer so I didn’t have to work super hard to win her over like I’m having to do with Wren and Linda.

Just in case Linda ever reads this I’m not saying my time is horrible, no no no, far from it. It just means it’s a totally new experience and I’m learning loads more new things to deal with for this match, smiles.

Wren meets santa and gets put on the naughty list

Hahahahahahahahah, so this afternoon we worked with Linda and worked on the football route due to the fact that downtown is getting ready for the Christmas parade on Sunday and it’s a ***huge*** headache for humansa and dogs.

Here’s what happened during our route.

Me, ok Wren, lets go. A nice easy route. I have my victor-trek and treat bag attached to my pants on the right side for easy access and hoping that I get use to where things sit.

***mistake number one***

Me, drats! Stop, hang on Wren.
Linda, it’s ok, just leafs on the ground.
Me, nope, that’s not it, my darn pants are falling off.
Linda, ***laughs at me*** What, feeling a little lopsided?
Me, rumbles! Wren, ok, forward lets try this again.

we get going really good again and . . .

Me, darn it, got to stop again Wren, it’s freaken cold out here and my hands are about to fall off.
Wren, snorts
Linda, I keep forgetting mine on the kitchen counter.
Me, yep, they look really pretty there too, hahaha.

Ok, off we go again and get to the curb.

Me, curses! Stupid, blooded pants, victor and treat bag.
Linda, hahaha, this is the most amusing route. Welcome to everyday life, never know what may hapen.
Me, hmph! Off we go again.

bark bark bark bark

Ah crap, not this too! I wanted a dog distraction earlier today, not now! But, these particular dogs Wren just looked at and kept going when I told her too.

Wren, stops, turns and growls!
Me, what the heck?
Linda, it’s a moving Santa.
Wren, growls!
Me, ok, Wren it’s ok, it’s just Santa. Lets go.
Wren, not moving and continues to stare and growl at Santa.
Linda, it’s ok Wren he won’t hurt you.
Wren, snorts and growls some more.
Me, ok, lets go Wren. REally, Santa won’t get us. Lets go go go!
Wren, another snort and growl and finally decides to leave Santa.

Yeah, I don’t think Wren is a fan of Santa! I believe she is now going to be put on his naughty list and get nothing for Christmas! Man I wish I was videoing this route.

Wish Santa luck for tomorrow incase I end up going there again tomorrow!

Very Thankful this year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I definitely have loads to be Thankful for this year!

We moved to Michigan in March of this year and although it took a while for things to get settled we’re very happy here.

I’m very happy to have 2 happy hyper some times hair pulling boys! They are growing like a weed. Jay is 3 and Kal is about to turn 1. Can you believe that? Jay started school this year and I bet before Kal turns one he’s going to be running around the apartment!

Thanks to a friend I also have a job that I absolutely love! Though I wonder sometimes how I make it through the day when Kal keeps me up all night, I’m still glad to have a job that I don’t mind waking up and going too. I work for Peckham Industries and they treat their employees very well and I’ve made loads of new hopefully lifelong friends there.

We’ve had some ups and downs this year, but I’m very grateful for having my lesser half as well. Even though sometimes he makes me want to pull my hair out too! I don’t know who drives me nuts more, the little boys or the big one. Lol, maybe it’s both?

So do you know the next thing that would just top this year off and make it the absolute?

You guess it. If we got out of this darn apartment living and back into a house! Anyone in Lansing know a good renter to go through for that? We need at least a 3 bedroom. That darn Kalvin needs his own room now!

Oh yes, one more thing would make this year great too.

My vacation that starts in about 7 days! It will be hard to leave the crazy household, but I sooooo can’t wait for this trip!

Happy Holidays To All!

Happy Thanksgiving, now lets me out of here

Why am I still stuck in here? How do I get out out out? Stinky big brother out there, heeeeeeeeelp! Tells mommy to lets me out of here. I means really, how can I crawl around and stretches if there’s no room? If mommy’s would only lets me out then she wouldn’t hurts anymore, doesn’t she knows that too?

I knows I know talks muches because I more focus on trying to get outs of here. It’s too crampss in here! I’s a growing boy and I needs room to stretches my arms and legs. Stinky big brother peanuts, does you know how to helps me get out of here’s?

Mommy, where’s my cookies and milks. I wants cookies and milks this morning! push push push push push, stretch stretch stretch, uuuuuurrrrrrrrrr, this isn’t workings! Kick kick kick, punch punch punch. Oops, made mommy’s hurts again! sorry mommy’s but I wants out and stops feeding me chickens, I know like chickens woman!

Oh, peoples that doesn’t knows me yet for some reasons I am who mommy calls snowman, kick kick kick and I am readys to come out to plays! No matters what I do I can’t gets out. I mades mommy een goes to the doctor twice, but I’m stills stucks in here! I mean what does a baby has to do around here to be heard?

I wants to come out and sees my stinky’s brother and daddy and mommy. They’ll all loves me, right?

Hey, where’s my cookies and milks mommy? It’s still no down here with me’s. kick kick kick!

Hmm, makes mommy sicks and maybe I’ll gets my food since she’s no listening to me yet, waaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaa!! I her’s something about Tanksgivings, whatever that’s is you’re suppose to be tanksful fors. I will be tankful if someone will let me out of here’s and gives me cookies and milks. Darn that big brother’s of mine is out there’s while I stucks in here!

happy mommys day!

Hi hi hi! Yes’s I knows it’s earlys in the morning and all good babies like me should be awakes and telling their mommys happy mommys day!

So’s with thats being says, appy mommy day to the bestest mommy in the worlds! I loooooooooves you’s lots and lots!

I’s almost 9 months old and I drives my mommy nuts, but she’s loves me anyways! I jumps on her and pulls her hairs and squishes her nose and she laughs and kisses me and blows bubbles on my tummy. Bestest mommy evers!

I growls and babbles at hers from the moments I wakes up and she always listens to me’s. Don’t I’s sound cute?

I knows says mommy yets, but I’s still loves you!

Happy mommys day and now lets play!

Welcome to 2016, you’re having a baby!

Hello, hello, hello!

It’s been such a long time since you’ve heard from me. So much has changed, some good, some bad and some exciting. I’m going to start with the exciting and later all move on to other updates and news.

So, welcome welcome to 2016! Where the heck did 2015 go? It seems like I blinked and it was just, poof, gone.

Well, already 2016 has come in with a bang! After almost 3 years I finally got my wish. I, am, having, a, baby! I thought my chance to have another would never happen and that mother nature would just continue to be cruel and trick me month after month. Get my hopes up just to send me crying in a corner all sad and cursing her until the next time. But, this time she was done playing her dirty tricks!

Yes, I went to the doctor today and I got the good news that without a doubt a little one has now made its home in my belly for the next several months. I’ll have an actual appointment with an OBGYN on the 25th and see if I can give an date range of when the little one is due.

dance dance dance, party party party!!

There is definitely other news to share, but this post was strictly for the baby announcement. I will definitely try not to be a stranger for so long now. I have so much to update everyone on.

Mother nature spoils things again!

*shakes a fist*

Darn mother nature spoiled my plans again. The perfect chance to have someone video Luna playing in the snow and guess what happens?

THERE’S, NO, MORE, SNOW!!!!! Yes, that horrible mother nature made the weather sooooooo nice that the snow turned into nice slippery ice. Ice, who the heck wants to play on ice? *groans*

Not only can’t the darn woman make up her mind if it will be hot or cold, but she clearly does not want me to have my first playtime with Luna in the snow! I’d strangle the woman if I could.

Ah well, it’s been a nice vacation minus a few hick-ups, but back home tomorrow we go, back to routine and schedules and oh yes, *packing*

Hey, anyone in or near Ottawa want to *PLEASE* come help us move?

Petawawa for Christmas, Year 3

Wow, what a way to start a Christmas break.

Yesterday morning started off in a panic.
1. An annoying telemarketer calls James cell phone and that’s what wakes us up…at 8:30AM.
2. I discover that my alarm didn’t go off at 6AM *grumbles*
3. Luna who always starts yelling at me at 5:30Am decides that she’ll just sleep in for a change. Yeah, she just had to pick the one day we needed to be up, lol.
4. Call Greyhound just to find out that if we can’t make the 10AM bus then we’re just shit out of luck and have to buy the tickets all over again. Oh and the next bus isn’t until midnight. *midnight*
5. So, quick run around the house and throw last minute stuff in suitcases, feed Luna, rush Luna through parktime while all the time watching the clock.
6. Everything is all set and finally tag Uber for a pickup…*groans* it’s a driver I had before that is as smart as, well never mind.

Exciting morning right? Well, we make it to the station in time, but guess what? Ha, the driver is late! All that running around and missing getting Mr. Sub just to end up waiting on the driver after all.

Luna was a little out of sorts for a while due to me rushing her, but once we got settled on the bus she was a good girl and slept the whole trip.

This makes the second year that we’ve had fun getting started on our trip to Petawawa for the holiday. Maybe we should try hitch hiking next year?

Luna meets Missy and Willy
Oy, now the first visit definitely did not go off perfect. Missy and Willy did not like the fact that Luna was in *their* house. Big bad hyper puppy lets growl and snarl at her and maybe she’ll go away?

Nope, sorry puppies doesn’t work that way. I just introduce you to each other one at a time and use food as bait, ha!

Missy and Luna aren’t friends yet…too protective over who they see as *their* humans. Missy snaps at Luna if she gets too close to James and Luna snaps at Missy if she gets too close to me. Still needs work, but much better than dealing with constant snapping and growling and wanting to bite heads off.

Luna and Willy, well I don’t think they care about each other now as far as who’s boss.

While here Luna will of course be on leash and attached to me…which she absolutely hates! In fact she’s complaining about that very thing as I write this, lol.

Ha, I think I started a bad habit. I was laying on the couch and Luna hopped on top of me and curled up. It was sooooooo cute! Tried taking a picture but James is a horrible picture taker. He chopped our heads off. *sighs* so hard to find good help.

Luna is definitely out of sorts here though. Constantly whining and grumbling and groaning at me. Not use to the whole idea of *whoops* must be constantly attached to mom again, who knows.

Now as long as the *warm* weather doesn’t the huge pile of snow into a mess I should be able to get someone to video Luna in the snow this time. Keep your fingers crossed.

A Puppy Christmas

This was shared on an email group I’m on and I just had to pass it along. Enjoy!

A Puppy Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

The Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the second day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the third day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Six yards of soggy ribbon

Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Seven scraps of wrapping paper

Six yards of soggy ribbon

Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Eight tiny reindeer fragments

Seven scraps of wrapping paper

Six yards of soggy ribbon

Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

My wreath in nine pieces

Eight tiny reindeer fragments

Seven scraps of wrapping paper

Six yards of soggy ribbon

Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Ten Christmas cards I shda mailed

My wreath in nine pieces

Eight tiny reindeer fragments

Seven scraps of wrapping paper

Six yards of soggy ribbon

Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

Eleven unwrapped presents

Ten Christmas cards I shda mailed

My wreath in nine pieces

Eight tiny reindeer fragments

Seven scraps of wrapping paper

Six yards of soggy ribbon

Five chewed-up stockings

Four broken window candles

Three punctured ornaments

Two leaking bubble lights

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me

A dozen puppy kisses and I forgot all about the other eleven days.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and the kennel was still

Here’s the cute little Christmas story that makes its way around all guide dog schools this time of year. If you have a guide dog, I’m sure you’ve heard it…and if not, well, why not? lol

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all handlers and those furry pups!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and the kennel was still,
The dogs asleep after eating their fill.
The Labradors curled up and quite snug in their beds,
With visions of edible goodies dancing in their heads.

The Goldens and Shepherds sprawled out on the floor,
Some twitched in their sleep and continued to snore.
The dog food was stacked neatly in the feed room with care,
With the scent of dog food swirling in the air.

The kennel cat lying on the cool window ledge,
Surveying the dogs as they lay on their beds.
Something was different, that little cat knew.
Tonight something would happen, it had to be true.

Before the trainers packed up and started for home,
They wished us all, “Merry Christmas!” in a merry tone.
The dogs sensed the joy during the training and walks,
The trainers were much happier and eager to talk.

In the mall working through the maze of people and stores,
We saw decoration and music and distractions galore!
The dogs pranced along without worry or fear,
But some balked at the man on the sleigh with the fake looking deer.

The cat sprang up when he was startled by a sound,
From a loud “Whoosh” in the air and a jingle around.
It reminded him of a dog’s collar when the animal shook,
But this sound kept on growing. He’d better go look.

From the rooftop came a noisy thump and ker-plunk,
The kennel cat scampered to the Christmas tree trunk.
A jolly old man in red appeared from the chimney,
Standing in the kennel gazing at the wonder in glee.

The dogs still so quiet, all sleeping so sound,
As this man dressed in red tiptoed in and around.
He patted the cat as he walked past his spot,
And made his way to the trainers’ empty coffee pot.

A brown German shepherd sat up not quite awake,
Followed by a Golden with a mighty loud shake.
All of the dogs jumped up making a loud noise.
In spite of the rumble, the jolly man kept his poise.

After preparing the coffee pot, it started to brew,
He sat down on a chair and took in the view.
Dogs all around him, spectacular in breed,
He knew well their jobs, the blind people they would lead.

The dogs standing up and barking quite loud,
Quieting down after a chorus of howls.
The man dressed in red laid a finger on his lips,
And with a twinkle in his eyes, he silenced the yips.

Gazing at the dogs in training he started to talk,
“Hello my pups, I’m Santa Claus”.
Turning to fill his mug with coffee and cream,
He said, “I’ve always wanted to stop here. It’s been one of my dreams.”

The cat peeking out began exploring Santa’s sack.
“Yes, little kitty, that’s an empty pack”.
Santa smiled as he looked into the dogs sparkling eyes,
Deep brown ones and gold ones held wide in surprise.

Some of the dogs he remembered from last year,
In their puppy homes, cute and full of holiday cheer.
“I didn’t bring you presents or bones for you to chew,
I’ll tell you something better, what you are going to do.”

“You are working hard with trainers who deeply care,
Giving you praise and correction, gentle and fair.””
You’ll go many places and face many strange things,
You’ll ride buses and subways and hear fire sirens ring.”

“You’ll See cars drive close to you, but you will stand tall and strong,
Not moving into danger, not moving toward wrong.”
“Just when you think that this trainer’s the best,
Once again you’ll be faced with another of life’s tests.”

After you learned every lesson your trainer can teach,
It will be time for your trainer to turn over the leash”.
“Your new friend will be someone that is blind and can’t see,
Your guide work will help them walk independently and free”.

“Some are visually impaired and can see just a tad,
Most of their sight is missing and their focus is bad”.
“Your training as guide dogs will replace their eyes,
You will work as a team facing challenges that arise”.

Santa sipped at his coffee and looked over the brood,
Knowing what he had to say next might sound a bit rude.
“Not all of you will do the work of a canine guide,
Your time here isn’t wasted, you won’t be cast aside.”

“Some of you will be a service dog for a person with different needs,
Making their life so wonderful, happy and free”.
“Your work is so important, People wait on long lists,
To receive such good dogs as you, the school folks insist.”

When the last drop of coffee filled Santa’s cup,
The jolly man turned smiling at each wide eyed pup.
“The best gift of all is to give something back,
That’s why there’s nothing for you all inside of my pack.”

Finishing his coffee Santa visited each pen,
Petting and scratching each dog again and again.
“Next year and many more after this magical night,
Your gift of guide work will replace someone sight”.

“Each day you’ll guide your new friend along the way,
Noticing harm you’ll step out of the way.”
“You will travel the cities and find new ways,
With the Masters harness in hand day after day”.

“Your master will love you and treat you with care,
And remember your training and trust will always be there.”
“The bond you share will be special and strong,
Like a new puppy or the tune from a song”.

After the last dog had been petted and softly soothed,
Santa put away the coffee pot and made ready to move.
Up to the roof top he rose quickly high above,
With a smile and a wave as he slipped on his gloves.

The dogs peered out the window as Santa flew out of sight.
They heard Santa say, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night”!

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