Sunday, July 24, 2011

Puppy Sitting

This week we are puppy sitting Zac who is my AC’s dog. It’s great to have a dog in the house as you know Shirley is at the spa with the girls. He is a great and big marsh mellow who gives new meaning to mellow yellow. But he does enjoy a good game of fetch and outings. Just move his harness and he is at   attention right behind you, with a look hey where are we going . Zac is a great dog and I’d   puppy sit him anytime  in the future. He has accompanied me almost everywhere the last few days but when the temps feel 100 + the pool is the best place to be and Zac agrees .

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Brushing Up On First Aid

Last Saturday our class was at the library where we learned about dog first aid and safety. Note: Shirley was not present with us at this meeting due to her being in heat, and she is off at the spa with the girls. So it felt rather awkward not having a dog. However, our Area Coordinator allowed me to have her dog for the meeting!  It was nice to have a refresher course.  You can only hope you’ll never need to use this information, but by knowing this you could save your pup’s life. I find it easier to store my supplies in a tackle type box with all the compartments, with my emergency numbers taped to the box. Overall, this was a necessary meeting for my knowledge of first aid for dogs.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Goodbye But Never Forgotten

We will miss you Roxy!

Usually this blog is about Shirley, but Roxy is a member of the family who just recently passed away. I made this little tribute for her in her memory. She has been my best friend ever for a very long time.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Red Alert!

 Shirley has gone into heat, and based on SEGD guidelines if you live within a close proximity a two hour drive you should bring the dog there and they will take care of the dog for her cycle about three weeks. Or, you can keep the dog at your house with little to no contact to the outside world.Shirley should go because she has the boys howling for a mile ,she has become quite the popular girl.
So  off to the SEGD facility where they will take good care of Shirley!

As for compensation we hope that we will get to do puppy hugging tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

Today Shirley spent some time at Mount Dora watching the annual parade as you see we were meet the guide lines and was back 50 plus feet . This was a great experience for her because she experienced many  loud noises, Shirley did not act negatively to these noises. This parade was a great confidence builder for Shirley as she takes her next steps to becoming a guide dog.

I took the time to educate and explaned to the kids that Shirley was working you can tell that by the blue coat and they should always ask if they can pet a dog (especially a working dog).

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Getting Back to the Basics

We noticed during these last couple of weeks that Shirley has discovered her voice ( barking problem) where she has decided to alert  bark. It’s not excessive and we have instilled the no noise command  since early on, but now when she hears a knock or a neighbor—the barking begins. The thing is that she never did this before, so we contacted our AC to confirm we were handling this correctly and for advice and found out that we really need to keep on this and monitor this bad behavior.  All ready we have seen progress and will continue to correct this oops- Shirley is truly a smart pup so hopefully this hiccup will pass soon. She is still super when on outing and is in work mode.