Monday, December 31, 2012


Today is New Years Eve (whatever that means) so Mom took me to play in the snow!

I got to play with my friends Banner, 


And Whitney!
 Of course the first thing they tried to make us do was go sledding! Banner wasn't too thrilled with the idea.....

Then Mom made me do it too. Again...not real thrilled with the idea.

So I took off running afterwards!!! Yipppeeee!!!

Sundae was lucky. They just let her run behind the sled.

John tried to get into the action too but ended up tumbling....HAHAHAHAHAHA

 It was all quite exhausting....

 And of course being a holiday they had to make us dress up. Only the older dogs would wear the hats

 Silly humans

Ocho is in Phase 7!!!!!

Phase 7—Advanced training
Guide work training continues and dogs learn city traffic patterns, difficult crossings, difficult clearance situations, areas with a challenging line, animal distractions, surface issues, curb approach challenges, pedestrian islands, crowded sidewalks, different pedestrian climates, additional city bus exposure, additional rapid transit ride exposure, escalators, and rounded corners.

And a little birdie told me that a small golden with a name starting with "A" may be arriving soon. I refuse to believe it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas Everyone! This year I got lots of hedgehogs and some bully sticks! (Even though I wasn't a very good dog this year) AND no puppies! Lets hope my luck keeps holding out!

Ocho is in Phase 5!!!! Go little Cho Cho!

Phase 5—Traffic training and city work
The dog starts advanced guide work and is exposed to different buildings. The dogs are introduced to escalators and have formal traffic training. They are taught responsibility in making emergency decisions with traffic problems. Dogs are taught how to handle total barricades in paths. The vets have a meeting about the dog and review his or her health.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,
This year I have tried so hard to be a good dog. It's just so hard when my Mom leave tasty things like cake mix (and wedding cake) out where I can reach them. I really think you should give me a break. I put up with Ocho alllllll of last year. (and believe me that was tough).

Sure he looked all sweet and innocent....

 But he was really just waiting until Mom's back was turned and then he attacked.....Sheesh good thing I made it though that!

Also....I put up with this guy! Always hanging around and butting in on my time with Mom. But I guess he's kinda cool.....So ultimately...

 I was an awesome dog who escorted Mom and John back down the aisle after they got married!  Should have seen the Deacons face when I jumped out to escort! So John gets to stay(as long as he keeps buying treats)

So Santa....While I've done some naughty things this year....I've also done some amazing things too! Please take that, and my silly golden grin into consideration when you are handing out the hedgehogs this year!


Ocho Report

Ocho is in Phase 4 now!!! 
(I may have missed blogging the week he was in phase 3....whoops smarty pants is moving to fast!)

Phase 3—Preliminary testing
Dogs are obedience tested for sit, down, heel, come, and stay with distractions. Dogs are tested for food refusal and general ease of body handling. The dogs go through their preliminary blindfold testing over approximately ten blocks.
Phase 4—Intelligent disobedience
The dogs are expected to make decisions when necessary and to work past distractions. Dogs are exposed to traffic work and learn stop, hold line, and back up on their line. New handlers come and make sure the dogs accept their body being handled by strangers. Extra socialization is given to the dogs that need it.