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.

LD training22, my adventure


I’m one happy happy camper! I was determined to get my motorcycle jacket and I, GOT, IT!!!

First, if you ever need a cab and use Ace cab company, they are very very helpful. So Leader Dogs make sure you add them to your list of cab companies to call.

Sadly, Luna cold not go with me on this trip because we are not a graduating team yet. So I most unfortunately had to use my cane for this adventure. *grumbles* It took me 6…count them, 6 tries before I found a company that was nice and came out to Leader Dogs, so once again, thank you Ace!

After 4 this afternoon I turned on music for Luna and headed out the door not sure what to expect. *Thanks* wireless for dying before I got back.

Huge plus the cab was actually here in 30 minutes like the dispatcher said they would be.

so I get in the cab and before we pull away I could already tell this was going to be an *interesting* trip.

Driver, hey I thought the dog was coming too.
Me, nope we can’t take the dogs with us on outings without instructors since we haven’t graduated yet.
Driver, what, you look old enough to be graduated to me!

I asked the driver if he would please wait for me and return me to campus and this is how that went.

Me, could you please wait and return me back to campus?
Driver, how long do you think you will be.
Me, not long at all, just going to buy a jacket and I’m done.
Driver, oh that’s cool. I won’t charge you a wait fee since I already told my dispatcher that I’m going in to buy something anyway.
Driver, what kind of jacket?
Me, a motorcycle jacket.
Driver, uh oh, everyone watch out hot mama in the car!

All that was *before* we left the driveway, hahahaahah.

Apparently there are Harley’s out there that have 3 wheels? I have never seen ones like this and if they are out there, I so want to see one…ride it too of course!

I make it to the mall in one piece and the driver does a great job of sighted guide and explaining where things are, curbs, doors, turning left right and so on. *good* less cane work for me!

Driver, ok, what’s the name of the store?
Me, I haven’t the foggiest.
Driver, need to clear that up then.

So we stop and find out about stores that sell leather jackets, luckily there’s only 2, but the one we needed happened to be right in front of us, lol.

We find the sales person who is not the same as the other day, but just as nice and helpful.

Sales person, how may I help you?
Me, I’m here to get the leather jacket with the wings on the back.
Sales person, ah yes, right this way. come with me.
Driver, yes go with her. I have no clue where I’m going and will get us lost.

This sales person is short and the jackets I want are too high for her to reach so she has to get her stick as she called it so she can pull them down. She offers to hold my cane while I try on the jacket.

First is the one I mentioned but in black and extra large. I try it on just to make sure and yep the fit is great. But then, she spots one that’s *purple* Yep you guessed it. I had to have the purple one! It fits much better too and matches my hair and shoes, hahaha.

Me, I’ll take this purple one.
Sales person, that looks much better on you than the black one.

So I take off the purple one and hand it back to her and she starts to walk off . . .

Sales person, whoops, I forgot to give you back your stick. I remembered my stick, but forgot your stick.
Me, yes sadly I kind of need that.
Sales person, yes I need mine too to poke at things.
Driver, oh I’m sure she needs hers to poke at people too.

Hey, how did he know my secret!!

I am now the proud owner of my motorcycle jacket with wings!

Now the reason my driver was coming in the mall to buy something was for his beef jerky and Amish cheese. I’ve never had Amish cheese and when we found his old friend that sells it in this mall the driver tells that too his friend and I end up getting a sample for free.

It was awesome spicy cheese too and I decided I wanted to buy some, but my driver would have none of that and ought it for me. Well, thanks!

The trip back to Leader was just as amusing, but it would be harder to recap that since bounced around off puns and would have better to hear in audio hahahaah. All I will say is I’ll definitely be keeping this contact information for this cab company and will give a card to Leader as well. If you’re looking for a boring ride, that is not with this driver!

Now, the reason I haven’t said his name is because I can’t recall if he told me or not hahahahah. He talked like the whole trip there and back and we laughed the whole time and I may have missed it. For those in class 15-03 you’ll get this…he reminded me of Fred, lol.

But if you want to make sure you get him…or avoid him, hahahah just ask for the driver that loves his beef jerky and Amish cheese sold by Joe.

Oh and in guide dog related news we dropped another graduate today. Rodney and his pup went home this morning. They’re dropping like flies now!

See you all tomorrow.

LD training21, rain rain rain

OMG, those re-trains left and the rain came along with the cold! Now how fair is that? I demand a refund!

So, back in entry 19 I made a *huge* typo and I didn’t even notice until my instructor pointed it out and she was the only one. Kind of funny.

I wrote, “our second round at the puppy raiser”
Instead of, “our second round at the people mover:

I read that entry several times before I posted it and I didn’t even catch that, too funny!
Now back to this rain business. I would like to know why those re-trains had to go and be mean and leave us all this rain and left some cold behind.

Yesterday we went to this mall and I saw this *awesome* motorcycle jacket and stupid me didn’t have my credit card on me. I left my pouch behind and forgot to move the cards over. I was soooooo pissed at myself It’s a cool leather motorcycle jacket with wings on the back and reflective so that I couldn’t get run over and squished when walking at night. The sad thing is they are only open on the weekend and I leave on Thursday…not fair!! Now that jacket will be stuck in my head like forever.

Today again was nothing too special. Just more mall travel. I wish it was the same mall as yesterday so that I could have gotten that jacket, but no luck. We went to this mall that OMG, drove me completely insane and the whole group too. Where the hell did all those people come from?

Luna my sweet amazing dog handled the Great Lake Crossings Mall like a champ. she was not stressed out and moved around things like she’d been doing it for years. I on the other hand just wanted out out out and a *huge* drink.

Luna must have felt my pain cause she tried to take me to the bar when we were nearing the end of the crazy mall walk, but Jessica but a stop to that…how mean!!!

Thank goodness tomorrow we have a break. i wonder how much a cab trip would be to that mall to get that jacket. I want, I want, I want!!

LD training20, saying good-bye

We started off as strangers
and ended as friends.
We just get to know each other
when it’s time to go our separate ways.
We must Put on that brave face
to see you one last time.
One more round of jokes and laughs
as we sit around the table.
You’re the first to start to cry
which means that moment is here.
Final hugs and well wishes
as we all head out the door.

Be safe class 15-03 retrains. The tables will be almost quiet without you!

LD training19, very productive day

Now today was the absolute best and very productive. Today our work connection really showed strong.

college campus:
This morning we went to college and Luna showed me that she will have *no* problem with that part of our life at all.

People sitting on the floor *Luna didn’t give them a second thought*
People swarming around us while I stopped and talk *Luna lays down and takes a break*
Patterning her to where our pretend class is *wag wag* goes the tail…I got this her wiggly body says!
Moving through a pile of students coming and going *darn, didn’t knock any of them over* erm, I mean great job Luna!

Now to introduce her to our real college back at home and of course the bar. I think Luna will deserve a drink as well after a long day too, right? *shhh* don’t tell Jessica though. A pornstar for me and I’ll have to figure out what type of drink Luna likes *snickers*

the dog mall:
Sorry I forgot what this mall is really called, but it’s full of people and dogs and dogs and did I mention *dogs* I only had to get after Luna once for really losing focus and wanting one dog that turned into *loads* of them, but Jessica told me that I tensed up so part of that was most likely my fault *whoops*

For doing such a great job Luna got to pick out 2 new toys for herself. *um* spoiled dog already you think? She picked 2 of the expensive ones. Hahahah, think she has her handler figured out too that I’ll spoil her rotten? She bought a goughnut, the black circle one and a purple…yes, purple kong like what they get to play with at Leader. Hmph, they didn’t have a purple doughnut though *sighs*

Jessica seemed surprised that I’d pick something purple..why is that?She’s been with me 19 days already she should know without a doubt that if it’s purple *I want*

Detroit part 2:
*wow* the nuts come out at night…and *no* I’m not talking about just me!

Jessica took me to Detroit to work on a few things, night travel, distractions, obstacles, curbs and the people mover. Luna totally *kicked* ass. I’m so proud of my girl!

OMG, we also had some um *strange* people wandering around. One guy kept asking me if Luna was a *shepherd* Um, does she look like a shepherd? I’m pretty sure that I would have noticed the *pointy* ears or maybe I should go out and drink more and then I’d notice that Jessica really gave me a shepherd, lol.

So this guy is asking me if Luna is a shepherd as he’s walking straight at us and I’m also having to tell Luna *no* so she would *not* stay distracted by this person and this goofball guy ask again…is that a shepherd while still walking straight at us. *groans* my answer is still no dude. Luna’s trying to get around him, he’s like right in front of us i’m ready to shoot him and he ask for a *third* time…is that a shepherd. For the third time and again to both him and Luna the answer is *no. hahahah the guy apparently decides that I’m ignoring him and mumbles, *fine just ignore me* and walks off.

I think I’ll pass on whatever he’s been drinking!

So moving right along Jessica tells me that I’m like scaring people and they’re diving back in doorways *chuckles* WTH, is Luna that scary looking way down there on the ground with her wagging tail?

During the night walk she doesn’t fly like we do during the day and she is extremely careful. Her obstacle work is *fantastic* so loads of thanks to all of Luna’s trainers and puppy raiser for this step. Luna would make you all proud. she even managed to impress a construction worker this evening when we were weaving in and out of all their *traps*

Our second round at the puppy raiser made me feel much more at ease and less confused on what was right and what was not. Luna was actually doing exactly what I want the other day when we did the people mover, but due to conflicting information from dog and trainer this poor handler had no clue and wasn’t too pleased with results.

But, I should have known to *trust* my dog. She knew better. Her whole *body wag* should have let me know that the instructor had no clue what she was talking about and Luna was right hahahahah!

McDonald’s in Detroit:
So after our lesson was over we stopped at McDonalds so that I could get something to eat since I skipped dinner to have some much needed *quiet* time.

I’m curious when did it change to you could only place *one* order when at a drive through window?

Jessica places my order and then tries to place hers and is told *nope* only one order at the window. I’ve never heard of such a thing and I go to McDonalds a lot. Maybe this one McDonalds in Detroit on Mac road I think it was lives on a different set of rules? *scratches head*

Take care Paul:
Well, this evening another one of our number left for home today. Paul and his puppy who live close got a chance to depart campus early…the lucky ducks! So I wish you all the best Paul and many many fun years together with that girl of yours.

Paul is who I would have loved doing an interview with, but timing didn’t work out *aww*

Over all again this was a *fantastic* day and Luna shown like a star!

Now to get ready to say bye to all the great friends from class 15-03 as the re-trains leave us in the morning. How quiet it will be after that.

LD training18, time for those monthly drugs

Hey there everyone.

Today was another quiet day. We are getting near the end of training and things are starting to wrap up *cries*

Luna and I didn’t do anything exciting today, so sorry no funny things to share. This morning we did more freelance work and I partnered with Jackie and her pup and all went great there.

We also did the demo airplane thing..showing how to get the dogs nice and situated on the plane. *whew* thank god I have a tiny girl. Shove her under the seat and *poof* no more dog! I love it.

the client services team:
*cheers* I got to see Will Henry and Stephanie Steele today. Well, I actually met Will yesterday after lunch but forgot to mention that in yesterdays entry *whoops*

Will is director of client services and hahaha he’s out numbered by women on the client services team!

*bleh* frontline!
Today was that day you drug all your great pups with Heartguard and Frontline. I don’t mind the rearguard, but bleh, can’t stand that Frontline.

Luckily there’s something out now called Next Guard or it may be one word and it’s chewable like the Heartguard. Definitely something I will be getting instead of that messy don’t know if I’m doing it right Frontline.

For those of you that would prefer something like that you should check with your vets about it. Next Guard made by Frontline.

Also, today made it to a year and a half *yay* Luna!

So that’s all for now. Write tomorrow and hopefully I can catch another interview for tomorrow’s entry.

LD training17, make it stop!

One of the cool things about Leader Dogs is that it has GPS training to go along with whichever training you’re here for, guide dog or mobility. Now this is absolutely fantastic *unless* you finally discover that your GPS is *not* loaded with the maps you need! *whoops* where did they go?

The plan this morning was for everyone to use their *lovely* Trekkers to create a landmark to a coffee shop and the instructors would *throw* us out and say go find it! So finally I decided to try and figure out why in the heck my Trekker wasn’t working like it should. I’d get the annoying *initializing Trekker* wait for 10 years…*entering open area*…that’s great but still not what I need. Then nothing! It would just sit there and sit there and eventually it would saying that I was going *some direction* Oh that’s great, but um, *where the heck am I*
Hey May, you didn’t really need those maps, did you? *groans* this is what I get for not double checking to make sure Michigan was loaded onto my Trekker Breeze before I left Canada. I highly doubt that *Canada* maps will tell me where I am while here in Michigan!

So note those that are going into future classes and getting a trekker and you live in another country…make sure *Michigan* is really there. That or someone tell Humanware to get a move on and make it so us *apple* users can work with the Trekker too and not have to hunt for a darn *windows* machine!

musical Trekker:
on West 4th street…on West 4th street…on West 4th street…on West 4th street

*screams* make it stop!! All these Trekkers going off is driving me mad.

Shhh, no comment from the peanut gallery, I *did not* ask for your comments about me, humph!

Riding on a bus with at least 5 trekkers is just *soooooooo* much fun! You should try it sometime. Of course as much as I complain about them is probably the reason mine like only work when they feel like it *chuckles*

it’s time to *bond*
So riding back on the bus from this mornings trip I end up sitting with this instructor *who will remain nameless* hahahaah, that would love to have one of those suits that you can climb into and then *run* smack into each other…or she’d love to play a bonding game where we all get in a circle and *roll* into each other!

Hmm, she scares me…can I walk back to the center now? *snickers* Can you guess who this instructor is?

Sarah, Rebbie, Christie, Jessica

the people mover:
Hey, Detroits people mover is like the OTrain in Ottawa except goes to more stations, lol. And noisier!

Luna did a great job in Detroit despite the fact that her handler was *totally* stressed out wit the disorienting casino and not really knowing where I was. In my opinion the route could have been better, but the instructors with me said we looked great…so guess that’s a good thing.

fly Luna fly!
Once again Luna and I did the practice route after 8PM park with Jim and his puppy and *cheers* no frog hunting. But *yipes* watch out for those killer apples or whatever the squishy things were that slipped under your feet.

I decided to time how long it took Jim and I to walk the course this time and the result was *9* minutes from start to finish. Probably would have been quicker if we didn’t have to try and not die on squishy things, lol.

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!!

For those viewing this via email there is a picture in this entry. I have no idea if it will show you or not. There is also a video in this entry. This time go to my site directly or check out Leader Dogs youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/leaderdogvideos

*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!

*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!

LD training16, crash, boom, bam and frogs!

For those receiving this via email there is a video involved. You can view it by going to my site directly or my youtube channel, www.youtube.com/canadianlynx1.

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.

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!

There is an audio recording in this entry for those reading this via email. If you can’t listen to the audio, then you’ll need to go to my site to listen to it.

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!