Luna and I are ending way too soon

It’s way too soon to have to be doing this, but here I am. I will be saying bye to my precious pocket rocket, miss Luna moon on Sunday afternoon. She will be returning to Leader and hopefully by no fault of her own be able to find another partner that will love and care for her as much as I did. If not, well, she can go back and torture the new puppies that are being trained for Leader and teach them all bad habbits, right?

A few people that knew the situation before now asked if I would keep Luna and if I could then she wouldn’t be retiring, smiles. But, it wouldn’t be fair to keep her if she is able to be issued back out. Her work is still awesome, hahah, Leader will just have to work out the bad habbits I taught her and if they can match her again with someone that can walk as fast as she does, then why should I deny her that working life that she enjoys?

Luna has been the most interesting pup I have had. We have had many fun stories to share with everyone and I’m glad with her that I got to write them all down and can remember her when she’s gone. This has been the hardest decision I had to make on retiring her due to medical reasons on my end, not hers and fighting to keep her as long as I could, but it was finally a losing battle.

To the Leader Dog puppy raisers, thanks so so much for an awesome little girl. I hope my next pup brings me lots of fun times as miss Luna has done. Thanks for joining us on our adventures from beginning to end and I hope no matter where I end up you join me on the next ride.

Miss Luna moon you show them that you still are awesome and I will miss you terribly. And with that it’s time to curl up and cry! It’s back to that darn horrible blasted no fun to talk too cane!

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*

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!