Monday, June 17, 2013

Update on Jonquil

Well it has been months and months since I last updated my blog. I really didn't have much to update you all on, but now I do! We dropped Jonquil off for her formal training at Guide Dogs for the Blind's San Rafael campus back in October. OCTOBER..... Wow, that was so long ago.

 First Jonquil was being evaluated for the breeding program. She was dropped a few weeks into the evaluation due to a minor health issue. Luckily, it didn't knock her out of the game.

Jonquil was placed into training back in December or early January...(I can't remember.... Sorry) I do remember that she started climbing the training phases at a fast pace. She sat in phase 8 of 8 for what seems like months. Finally when she was matched with someone we were notified she was placed back into training. 

Well......... I am proud to say that Jonquil is officially a Guide Dog for the Blind!!!!

Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the graduation. I thought that there was nothing that would make me miss a graduation. We RSVP'd we were going but at the last minute we were unable to make it. I am saddened that I couldn't  make it. Very much so, but I couldn't have been any happier to send a new and very devoted puppy raising family to take our place. It was their first graduation and we got a great report back! Jonquil ended up in THE most perfect home. I can't wait to contact her new partner. It fills me with joy that our fellow puppy raising family was able to have the experience of handing over Jonquil, and wishing her and her new partner luck on their new journey in life. There is something about attending a graduation that helps you feel great purpose for all that time of puppy raising.

Monday, October 29, 2012

An Update on Jonquil

Hello Everyone.... or anyone. Honestly, we haven't been around. Does anyone still remember us?

Well, it has been so long that I have to announce that Jonquil went back for formal training the weekend of the October 22nd. I don't really have any other news, other than no news, and I am going to say that must be good news (fingers crossed). 
It was as expected, a bitter-sweet day and of course there were some tears. She loved her kennel, loved her bone, and was very excited to be able to play in her own space.

Jonquil is on breeder watch. So with all dogs she should be going through her heath exams. Hers will just be a longer process. Here's to hoping she aces all her tests!!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Good Luck Jam

Fellow puppy in training, Jam, is heading in for training tomorrow. Here is their blog, McLean Puppy Chronicles, so you can wish Jam and his loving raisers good luck on this emotional and exciting transition! Annnnnnnd, if you are looking for a new blog, they also picked up a new puppy today so go check it out.


Jonquil Turns ONE!!

Jonquil has finally turned a year old. The excitement of getting a new puppy only seem so little ago but it seems like we have had Jonquil around forever. I can feel her time with us is approaching the end yet there is still a few more months to brush up on some of the rough edges. I think she has turned into a beautiful dog.

I look back on all that she has gone through, all the things that she has learned and I am at times so proud and surprised by her abilities. Happy Birthday Jonquil!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bath Time

Jonquil at 3 months old taking a bath.

All clean.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Your Order is Ready for Pick Up

Jonquil is back! We picked her up on Saturday, and I think to sum it up, Jonquil is happy to be back.  

Once we loaded her in the car, she went straight for her toy.
 Look at this happy face.

We decided to make a pit-stop at Ikea since it is on the route home. 

 I had her participate in some photo taking in a few of the show rooms.

She was happy to be out and about.

And behaved so well.

She was also excited to see herself in the mirror.
 It's okay Jonnie, I think you're pretty cute too.

Jon wasn't afraid to walk through the kid entrance. 
She knows people take her professionally.

After all the excitement of being reunited with family and work she was wiped out.
She tiredly tried to eat the onion next to her in this photo, but in the end exhaustion won! 

I'm glad to have her back home. I can't say I didn't enjoy the break, but sometimes it's just what you need to get motivated to try your best.

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I along with Jarett have raised 6 guide dog pups. We are currently raising pup # 7. These are our stories, our adventures, our experiences. Please follow us and watch our pups grow into their paws and from jacket into harness. Feel free to leave a comment. We enjoy hearing what you have to say.