Saturday, January 8, 2011

Guess who's here? A pup with a cape the adventures begin here.

    My parents and I are so happy to have this playful puppy enter our home. We have talked about doing this for a long time and the day is finally here. I can already tell that she will be a magnificent guide dog.
This is all about firsts and we have to record and expose her to new things constantly.
But let me start from the beginning. It's very early Saturday moring and we head out to the SEGD campus in order to pick up Shirley before 9 am . When we arrived at the campus we went to the puppy building and the volunteers took us to where Shirley was. We could not believe how big she had got but she was still very cute; she grew a lot in the past two weeks. Everyone at the campus said that Shirley is a great dog and they will really miss her.
On our way home Shirley acted pretty well for her first time in the car and the ride was very long. I am proud to say NO surpises. At first she protested (we called it the homesick howl), but she soon became more relaxed, laid down, and went to sleep.

A little after we got home, we let Shirley and Roxy(our family pet Boxer dog) get acquainted with each other. From the start they seemed to get along pretty well. Shirley did have her first accident today, but we were calm  as we rushed her outside to finish and did a fast clean up.
After Shirley did her business, she took a very long nap. Zzzzzzzzzzz...

Shirley has no problem so far practicing the command sit, forward, out,   in,  kennel in, and kennel out. Based on all of her accomplishments today, she deserved her long snooze.

All in all, Shirley is wonderful and we will continue to do our best to help her on her way.

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