LD training3 DOG DAY, meet Luna Moon!

*grumbles and curses*

Ok, third times the charm I hope. Sorry to all my email subscribers. Tonight of all nights the post does not want to completely be posted.

*snaps the leash at the computer* Work I say!!

Puppies puppies puppies!!

Welcome to dog day!

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This morning around 8:45 Jessica brought a nice chocolate lab to my door to play with me. Man he was hyper! He was definitely much smaller than Noah, but he had the same energy level and definitely the same *I’m going to pull your arm off* when really happy and want to play mood.

Ha, he was also a sneaky one. I sat on the floor to play with him and the little bugger snuck around and stole some treats out of the treat bag.

Now *cries* play time is over. The time is currently 10:20AM and it’s back to the horrible wait wait wait. Hurry time go faster!!

12:40 and there’s still no dog, *grumbles* We’re now all grounded to our rooms and not allowed to come out, so guess I’ll pace the floor now. The camera is all set up and ready to go and unless technology really decides to be against me I am not going to end up taping the wall, *snickers*

wait wait wait!!!

*cheers* Lets have a party!

My girl is here!! She arrived in my room at 1:25PM on September 16, 2014!! Check out the video!

Now which of us will get blown around more by the horrible wind/ *snickers*

Time with Luna Moon:
Luna has been totally awesome. My little tiny dog who I can fold up and stick in my suitcase has not given me too much trouble. However she does love the bed! We’ll have to work on that one. She’s rather determined she will be on the bed even after me being firm.

so far we’ve just practiced healing the dogs down the halls and I hang back a bit since i walk pretty fast. What I like is at the moment she doesn’t try and pull my arm off when she gets distracted by something. Right now however again it’s too hard for me to tell by just doing healing inside since we have to stay at a bit of a slower pace.

From first observations once I’ve gotten a little more relaxed with her just the tone of my voice when saying *no* works…then again she just now might be use to us going back and forth down the halls, that’s she’s like yeah yeah I know I know, *chuckles*

Dinner time she did great. I had already decided when I finally got the little one that I was going to put her under my chair at the table. She goes under the table and under my chair pretty good. It will need work, but it’s not a struggle. *whew* definitely makes me glad I have a tiny thing to deal with. The others at my table got nice big goldens or golden/lab crosses! I think the biggest at our table is 78 pounds.

I’m suppose to be walking the halls again for more healing…*shhhhhh* don’t tell I’m busy writing this post while my girl is sleeping on the floor beside me. *sighs* but I guess I should, mmm, maybe…but my dog is sleeping so nicely I don’t want to wake her!

Well, we just did the 8PM parktime and Luna says she is not interesting in that. I’ll give her one more chance around 10/10:30 and that will be it for her for the night.

So, it’s school catch up time for me. More about me and Luna moon tomorrow.

Let the fun begin!!

Results of the Leader Dog guessing game

LMAO, now here are the answers for the guessing game. I hope you remembered your answers. A lot of you definitely were close on some answers.

We don’t have the height, but Jessica will give that to me later since she knows it was one of the questions for the guessing game.

1. Breed of dog? lab
2. What colour? black
3. Height? have to wait
4. Weight? 50.8
5. Gender? female
6. What month was puppy born? April
7. What letter will puppy’s name start with? L
8. What time will I get my puppy between 1 and 4? 1:25

I’ll give her name later this evening when I do my todays post with the video and will tell more about her then.

Thanks everyone who played!! Now back to my puppy.

LD training2 Juno

The first full day at Leader!

Great news to start the day, my suitcase was found, *dances* As someone on my twitter said, “now I don’t have to run around naked!”

I received the call around 11:40PM that someone found my suitcase. Too bad for me that I didn’t see the call until after one in the morning. *cries* I could have have had it last night…I blame the excitement of the first day that I forgot to take if off vibrate. Ah well, just call them first thing in the morning.

That’s just what I did and I think I woke the poor guy up too, *whoops* He didn’t need that sleep anyways, right?

So called the poor guy and he said my suitcase would arrive sometime during the day! On with the day a much happier than when I ended the night before.

Juno walks:
Juno walks are where the instructors pretend to be your puppy. They hold onto one end of the harness while you hold onto the other and they guide you around and act just like a dog might. The purpose to this is to get an idea of your pace, pull, show you how it feels when the dog is moving you around something and so on.

Assigned seats:
*yay* the JMK group got their wish and our table stayed the same and here is the group that was nominated the *wild* group….we nominated ourselves that by the way, ha!

*whoops* think it would have be great to find out the right spellings of names. So erm sorry guys if you ever read this and I spelled your name wrong. You can beat me for it some other time!

Jackie, Jack, jim, John, Jessy, June, Karen and May

So, did any of you pick up anything also cool about the group I’m in?…*no* the go back and read the list again and see if you can figure it out cause I’m not telling, ha!

months of the year . . .

During breakfast we found out that an instructor would be joining us at our table starting on tomorrow…*today, one of these days I’ll post this darn thing the night of and not the early morning after* Anyways, we found out that an apprentice instructor named Tina would be joining us and that she would be under blind fold.

*wicked smile* what was Jessica thinking, that poor instructor at our table!! I’d tell you what we already have planned for poor tina, but shhhh Jessica might read this and tell!

*checks time* nope, still no suitcase..on with the day then!

First training session:
Damn! I should have did an audio recording of the training center while I was there before doggy. Why didn’t someone mention that? *sighs* ah well, just means more fun doing it after I get doggy, right?

So, the training center, one great place that I can get school work done. Well, that’s when I’m not procrastinating and visiting with other people. *grumbles* school work getting in the way of more fun stuff, *sniffs* Nothing too exciting about the training center, just wait and wait and wait some more for your turn. Remember I have Jessica the team leader so I am always first and last to go in my group ha!

The first walk:
*cheers* I have a harness in my hand again!! Oh it’s been so long and man it feels weird. I’m just sure I’m like going to totally screw up the first time and all the commands will just fly right out my head.

But wait…what’s with the leash holding thing? *cries* Leader holds their leash the same way GDB, *guide Dogs for the Blind* does. But hey, unlike last time when I first saw this strange method I’m not working with a floppy leash that kept trying to escape and taps me on the leg. *nope* this time I have a leash that’s stiff enough to poke someones eye out! I still feel like I’m going to lose my leash holding it this way…talk about keeping me distracted. My dog might have to give me a few corrections, *going for things he/she shouldn’t* before I’m use to it.

I think Jessica must have been reading my mind cause my Juno definitely snuck something by me during our first walk, *grumbles*

I was pretty nervous when we started out and didn’t quite walk at my dog walking speed, but it was close enough to get the job done and get me use to it again. Plus, I was still stuck on the darn leash thing while trying to also pay attention to Jessica/Juno *whew* good thing there’s at least 10 of me floating around in my head to do all this multi-thinking.

As if that wasn’t enough for me to think about…hey May, here’s something else new to learn, *cut backs* Um, if I confuse you when I tell it don’t worry it just means I’m still confused too and maybe one day like years from now I’ll get it, ha!

Cut backs are when you’re speeding down the street and say pass a sidewalk on your right that you will need, but it’s before the curb. You get to the curb, praise that lovely dog of yours, give it some treats and then tell puppy right. When you are telling puppy right and doing all the signals you’re also making a 180 turn so that you’re going back the other way. Now, when you’ve turned yourself around tell puppy left and off you should fly up the sidewalk you needed to go up.

*make sense?*…no, well, that’s ok I just learned it so I still have to think before doing it too.

Moving right along. Here’s where that mean Jessica/Juno of mine must have read my mind. We did a street crossing and she did not cross straight. *whoops* but I like totally wasn’t all there for that one. It did not click in my poor raddled brain until the second time Jessica/Juno told me that it was a short street crossing. *gasp* ok, now I feel stupid! Mentally hit myself in the head. Back on course we go.

Poor Juno:
Payback! I get us back on course and we’re happily making our way back to the training center when Juno trips. Um, I don’t think it’s a good thing when you’re Juno can’t walk straight, do you? I need a new Juno or maybe I should just give her better caffeine! Of course she tripped right in front of a funeral home, lol.

That was the first adventure. Pretty fun and painless and just a little *duh* moments.

Was that *really* v8 juice in that can?
A group of us pile back on the van and head to campus and one of the instructors who will remain nameless…check out her blog right over here popped open a can as she plopped in the driver seat. She claims it was v8 in that can, but I don’t know. I think someone might want to check her drinks, *chuckles*

*whoops* red light! Instructor applies breaks, *chuckles* tries to stop, bus says *sorry* not stopping, instructor then says *screw it* and on we go through the light, hahahaah! what a rush.

So instructor, sure you don’t need the practice driving these buses too? *sweet smiles*

Back to campus in one happy piece and more ammo to tease am instructor over and even better news I get to my room and my suitcase is here!!

Afternoon training:
OMG, what did my Juno have for lunch…or maybe I should have asked why didn’t someone feed my Juno for lunch? I had a very very bad Jessica/Juno for the second half. She was definitely distracted and found the biggest things possible to pick up…paper towel roll, a *huge* stick, but missed the beer can, ha good thing. She even tried to cross the street without me. I don’t know where she thought she was going, but leaving me behind is *not* an option and most definitely not trying to cross a street when I didn’t say so, *tsktsk*

I’m going to have to be on my toes with whatever dog I get from Jessica. who knows what my dog might be sneaky about, *smiles*

The second session went better in the department of pace and pull. I was a bit more relaxed for the second half.

Tomorrow, dog day…*today again one day I’ll post on the night of*
I’m excited and nervous and a bit overwhelmed with thoughts of Noah and meeting new dog. I was prepared for the emotions to hit me at least one more time and they have started. Will they hit when I get my new puppy, I don’t know but I’m ready I think if they do.

So here’s to dog day!

LD training1 Welcome to Leader!

Hey there everyone!

I have arrived and boy what a trip it was. Sorry post is later than I was going to originally put it up, but after reading this you’ll understand why I needed some time to myself first. So lets begin, shall we?

Leaving Ottawa:
I left my house around 7:15AM yesterday morning and *yay* no traffic, so we got there pretty quick. The person that helped me at the Delta counter was a very nice lady and around 8:30 we headed off to do that annoying security thing.

Do you have a service dog?
*urm what?* Yep I was asked that question when doing my check in. Although the lady was super nice I wonder what made her ask such a silly question. Sorry, but do you *see* a dog hanging nearby? Nope, just this horrible cane of mine!

Fail 1:
Did you know that on the international side for Delta they don’t have a Starbucks? *gasp* WTH! The domestics get a Starbucks, but not those leaving the country! How fair is that? I demand a refund, *sniffs* So I had to wait and *hope* that I’d get my Starbucks on the other end.

Fail 2:
Can someone please explain to me how a *dog bone* looks like a container with lucid inside?…Yes, you read that right I promise. They tagged my bag to scan because the *dog bone* I brought looked like a container with liquid inside. But wait, it gets better…the lady tried opening it! *rolls eyes* I think someone needs to put her in a new section quickly, she might miss the actual important stuff. If there’s some new bone out there though I’d love to know about it.

Fail 3:
*ow* Who the hell made the plane, a short person? That’s ok, I didn’t need that head of mine anyways! Sorry, I don’t know the type of plane I flew out of Ottawa on, just that it was not made for tall people and was only 13 rows long. However, the good thing is it wasn’t one of those noisy tiny flights.n *whew* but man my head hut after that…all this and I haven’t even left Ottawa yet, *groans*

Where’s your service dog?
*sighs* again with the dog…someone must have wrote that I had a dog on this trip, damn travel agent! Nope, no dog on this trip, but here’s the funny thing the flight attendant after I told her no dog says, “oh, good when I didn’t see the dog I was wondering if it was roaming around the plane.” lol, now remember I said this plane is only 13 rows long and not made for tall people…where in the blue hell would a dog have to hide on this more than tiny plane, in the bathroom?…*whoops* nope, I was just in there and no dog hiding there. *sighs* some people!

And we’re off!
*cheers* The trip has begun. We left on time and managed to arrive in Detroit even earlier than we were suppose to. That was some great wind helping me out I would say. *chuckles*

Oh, dance for joy, I get my Starbucks..someone loves me after all! Everything is right with the world again.

My first experience:
So I for the first time got to go on the moving sidewalk thing or whatever the hell you call it…like the escalators, but flat, lol. That was a pretty neat experience.

Need some exercise?
Damn, do I have to walk to China to get my bags? Up escalators, down escalators, on 2 moving sidewalk things, more escalators…are we there yet? No, walk about another 15 minutes…*whew* finally we made it, but . . .


Hey Delta, where’s my bag?
A hour and a half after I landed I was still at the airport when I could have been happily at Leader roaming the halls, getting lost and all that fun stuff. But * nooooo* I’m getting rather worried…no make that frustrated….*whoops* now make that pissed off that they lost…yes lost my suitcase! So we had to make a claim and *hope* they found my bag you know…before I needed that annoying thing called *clothes*

Welcome to Detroit, but I hope you didn’t need your bags!!

*cheers and dances*
I’m here..well, sort of. I’m here but not my bags, *groans* but enough about that for now…lets talk about the good stuff.

Leader arrival went great. I met Jessica Bimmermann when I walked in who is my instructor. There are 19 of us in class. I am the *only* one from Canada…go me! I also believe I am the youngest out of all of us, but will try and confirm that later and let you know. I am Jessica’s *only* client. So for those of you that have already played the Leader Dog guessing game I will be changing the last question. If you haven’t played yet…then what the hell are you waiting for? Get over there and have fun guessing what I might get and when!

Now, you would think that I would be first to get my dog right come Tuesday afternoon? *nope* Jessica is the team leader, plus she’s working with an apprentice instructor who goes under blindfold this week, plus she makes sure that everything else goes as should. I mean *sighs* I could still end up last getting my dog. Now wouldn’t that just be a pisser!

Anyways, so the rooms here are like *huge*, but I’ll tell more about the rooms and the layout of the building and all that in another post.

The JMK group:
A few of us have already hit it off extremely well and have declared ourselves the group that must sit together. somehow at dinner, not on purpose mind you our table had 6 people that started with the letter J and for the longest time it was just me…which of these things does not belong, lol. Then another lady came to join us that started with a K. I’ll write more about each once I find out if they wouldn’t mind. This group plus all the staff have definitely made me feel ok about the fact that I have *no* clothes! *grumbles* They either make a joke about something else or let me know in whatever way they can they’d help me out.

So, I think I’ve rambled on enough, *chuckles* and will definitely right more later. Sadly nope, I still have no suitcase and it is now nearly 3AM. Maybe later I’ll get lucky? Maybe?

Leader Dogs pre-class phone call


One step closer!

I received the other call I’ve been waiting for…finding out who my instructor will be that gets to torture me for 26 days.

I was just saying this morning while making my plans for the day that it would be totally awesome if Leader would call me. *chuckles* I got my wish right in the middle of grocery shopping! This means of course I left the shopping to James and who knows what he ended up putting in the cart.

So, who is my instructor?

I am lucky enough to get the one who absolutely refuses to tell me what type of dog I’m getting early, *sighs* I mean how mean is that? I even asked nicely too, *chuckles* but she still said no.

Ah well, *smiles* looking forward to meeting Jessica Bimmermann in about 8 days.

Now, is it time to fly yet?

Is that guide dog in training?

Is that dog in training?

This is a question that many guide dog handlers get asked. For quite a few guide dog handlers this is a question they hate. For some they see this question as meaning some offence. When these individuals get asked this question their first thought is to snap back at the person that had the nerve to ask.

There are others that see the other side of this question, a way that is not meant to be offensive. They take this opportunity to educate instead of making the person feel or look like an idiot.

There is no right or wrong way to answer this question. I fall in the camp that takes the time to educate. The public does not know what goes on in the world of guide dogs and their handlers. How can they learn if they don’t ask even if they ask such questions that may be upsetting or even idiotic depending on who you are.

Is that dog in training?

My answer, of course. My dog is always in training. We are constantly learning about each other. I am always training him/her how to find what I need, a door, a bus stop or a pole.

My dog is always training me to what he or she means when its tail wags, what sounds let me know that my dog needs out like right now…move it or as we become a stronger team how best to follow my dog safely.

What to think when this question is asked because the public saw your dog do something it’s not suppose to and has to get in trouble. Do you snap at them? Well, some would. Again, no right or wrong, but all in how the person sees it.

In a case like this I just kindly tell the person that having a dog is just like having a child. Our puppy constantly needs reminding. you are always a parent to your child even when you know they should know better.

If you have thoughts on this topic I’d love to hear them. Remember there’s no right or wrong. No one would be judged if you care to post.