Saturday, February 26, 2011

Yo Ho Yo Ho A Doggie's Life For Me

Today there was no obedience class but we did practice at home  , but Shirley had an action packed adventure of new exposures yesterday. My parents and I wanted to have fun, but also be  able to bring Shirley along with us. So, we picked Pirates Cove as a great place to fulfill both. After we picked our clubs and golf balls, we noticed right from the first hole Shirley would have to put her skills to the test. She faced many obstacles along the way like water everywhere and a cave, slopes, series of stairs, and other golfers and the whole time fighting the urge to chase the golf ball (She did not  Chase one  ball but did wait in an eager sitting position waiting for one of us to say get it . Shirley did great for all of these obstacles that she faced. She does pull on the leash; we are working on this and it's not all the time. She never seems to get discouraged with the right abouts  or sit and forward and  saying easy NO and do a leash correction  , but  I feel that she made a major step forward toward her goal   :) We played  at pirates cove old town and it was muscle car night which equals loud fast cars.We had dinner out and she aced that.
As for today, she did her daily morning walk. I have to state that her walks deal with a lot of obstacles as well like cars,joggers, barking dogs, squirrels, birds, and other distractions. With a little encouragement, she makes past the large barking dog , all of these obstacles are not standing  in her way.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Hey I could get that ball for you ,just ask
Thank You Pirates Cove for allowing dogs !

ready if you need me

I love this place

Pet me! look how nice I'm Sitting

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Today at...

I did my usual walk around the block with Shirley before I went to school. Usually, Shirley comes with me on the ride to school, and today she got to meet some of friends. Of course, Shirley was very friendly and well behaved.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

        So today was an endless homework day, Quick walk , quick OB training , and Shirley learned to be patient  while I studied.

Monday, February 21, 2011

flu shot

Shirley now weights 29.3 LB. The vet said she looks great and all looks good , and she received her flu shot .It was not the easiest task to find the shot .But for Shirley all that matters was she got a brand new bone :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Busy bags go flying !

       I  would not call this the average day at the mall , I have one pooped pup literally and figuratively.But let me backtrack to the beginning of my adventure. My parents and I woke up early today to get Shirley all ready to go to the Sanford Mall today for training class. Just before we left, I took Shirley to relieve herself (she did busy #1 and 2) and I figured that she would be good for awhile. BOY was I wrong! I will discuss more about that later. Along the way to the mall I-4 turned into a huge parking lot major accident ahead, but thanks to my mom's internal GPS we made a detour and save a lot of time.

We soon arrived (with minutes to spare) and entered the food court of the mall. After a few important notices and handouts and AC Jocelyn review of topics, we went into groups to start the tour and training in the mall. Shirley was very energetic throughout the whole journey, so I had to use the right about command in order to get her less excited . But after ten minutes of walking through the mall, Shirley PEED! I was shocked to see her do that, but I thought not all bad at least she didn't poop. BUT boy was I wrong! Wait its coming .We continue on, all is well. Then it happen one right after another Patriot then Clem AND YES SHIRLEY pooped as well! But our trainer Peggy said that is natural for the puppies to do this at this age, glad Peggy was there. We all cleaned up and shook off the embarrassment as the mall police stood and watched.

On a good note, the puppies went through several training procedures like making the puppy go down under a bench, entering a elevator, watching an escalator (note: guide dogs are not allowed to go on the escalator!), going up and down a few stairs, and all of them did pretty well for not having much experience with these procedures. All of them even did well with a miniature kids train that went past them!

After all of these training procedures, we went back to the food court to end our training and had lunch.

Shirley slept the whole way home, pooped pup figuratively!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Behind the scenes tour

I was able to take Shirley on a tour of the  movie theater before it opened.The smell of popcorn was in the air.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mall Walker.

going up  , going down stairs

                                                    2 please     ( elevator   )

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wow !Shirley is 4 months old already .

Worked with Shirley off leash in the back yard and filled out her 4 month evaluation and sent it in to my AC

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lazy Sunday

Today was a quiet Sunday. We did our normal routine and added a different twist and turn; I keep her guessing. Today I let Shirley off leash in the back yard she enjoyed the freedom.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

2nd Saturday

Today was an action packed day. First I like to start out with the fact that she was perfect on the way to our obedience class. Since we arrived at our destination pretty early, I decided to walk her around the park before anyone came, and we got some great pictures of her walking on the dock .

A few minutes later, the youngest puppies of the group arrived and we decided to let them roam, romp, and play in the tennis court because it was caged. These rambunctious puppies about wore themselves out by running, jumping, fetching a toy, chasing each other, and running through a puddle. And like any puppy with a sense of humor topping it off by rolling in the dirt.

Soon, the other members arrived and class began. Today we shared the positives and negatives about our dogs, so we could learn from each other,Ms Jocelyn shared training tips and updates with the group.We did the usual weaving exercise for a few minutes, which is an important exercise that tests the dog's ability to work without being distracted.  After that, we broke up into groups and practiced the weekly routines and commands. Shirley did so much better this week than last week. I am so proud of her like always, but today was a pleasure :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Shirley goes to Jo-Anns

                                           Today Shirley did her regular rounds, then I had to work so she went to Jo-Anns with my parents . People stopped in their tracks to see this tiny dog going through the store and the Jo-Ann police (Ha Ha ; ) came up to read her vest to make sure she was offical and commented they start out really small. My mom was picking out fabric, Shirley was sitting next to her and my dad  was close by and this older women goes to him "I've been watching them, they get around good, does the dog help her pick out the colors? " My dad said "Oh...She's not blind, And he went on to explain a little about southeastern guide dogs and that my family and I are puppy raisers , then the women looked at my mom and smiled and said really loudly  good luck with your dog dear.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

15 Weeks Old

                                       Today was our vet visit and Shirley weighed in at 27 Lbs. She had a perfect visit and all is well. She came face to face with a cat and did her famous head tilt from side to side just taking it all in.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

                 I hooked Shirley up with night vision

Monday, February 7, 2011

One pooped pup!
We went to several  familar places today, and for our daily walk we practiced weaving ,stay, and stairs.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Superbowl Sunday. We ate a ton of snacks before the game. Also, Shirley picked the Green Bay Packers to win. She did this  by us laying  out two dog bones: one green(Packers) and yellow(Steelers) . So far her prediction has been right.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Giddy UP

     If you haven't guessed it  Shirley's Saturday Adventure was to the Equestrian CenterTriple Diamond Ranch  in Cassia( Eustis Florida). First I'd  like to thank Amanda and her Mom for hosting such a great location and thank you for lunch afterwards . This was a very remote location with a  pleasant surprise at the end of a long dirt road. Amanda , attends Four H Class there. She brought out her horse so all the dogs could  have the experience  of being around a horse .We then went on to some obedeience training. Shirley was resistant to some of the activities; I guess she just wanted to be a puppy today. But I have noticed since I spend so much time with her I think something was wrong with her today she just wasn't herself. Even though she did that, I 'm proud of her! She will get it, I will get it, and my mom said she's proud of us both so what more can anyone ask for.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Today while my family and I were eating dinner we heard a loud bark come from Shirley. This is the first time that we have heard her bark, we think she even statled herself.

Shirley is ready to go for a ride anytime!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhogs Day!

I just want to say Happy Groundhogs Day! We took Shirley through the car wash. This was a new exposure for her, and it did not seem to bother her.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feb 1st

I have started a walking routine with Shirley. Also, I  administered intercepter & frontline to her because the first day of every month we have to give these to her.