Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Teagan's Birthday and a little vent

I guess I should have had Teagan as my first wordless Wednesday, but I keep forgetting her birthday because she lives with my mother (well that and we have had an incredible amount of people going in and out of the hospital). In fact the only reason I remembered was because GDB's facebook post is about her littermate Timmy. Does that make me a bad puppy raiser? Just yesterday I let my guard down and was getting excited about Tenaya going to the AIDS walk and GDB's Fun Day with me and BAM, I get a email saying she may be up for July's recall. WHAT! She has been in season this past month and Jarett had her a lot the month before that so we could fit as much school experience in before it was out for the summer. AHHHH, I just hope at her evaluations this next week (that happens to be on the day Jarett's father is in surgery) we can get her recall pushed back a month.

Happy 5th Birthday Teagan

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sorry Pups

Well, the GDB pups STILL can't really go out right now so we decided to take a break from being stuck at home all summer to go out to the lake. Unfortunately, Tenaya and Halette stayed home, but Carla had such a great time without the little sisters.
For Carla, it started out as a normal day, sticking her head under the covers to touch her cold nose to our face to let us know she is ready for breakfast. After breakfast and the rest of the usual morning stuff, the telling sign of putting my shoes on was a give away that I was leaving. Carla rushed over to the door to see if she was invited to go along. To her surprise, I stepped aside and motioned to let her pass through the door. She ran down the stairs waiting for me at the bottom and we proceeded to walk excitedly out to the car.

We picked up Uncle A and headed down the road to the river. I mean down the road because we still had the others back at home so we couldn't go too far.
Uncle A was very burnt from the activities of the day before, so we carried along a huge umbrella, some blankets, a bag full of goodies and of course the camera. It was 101 or more degrees outside today so we didn't go down the path too long. The sand was so hot, Carla kept doing a little hot feet dance. Luckily, we found just the perfect little hole in the wall stop were only the four of us (Jarett, Adrian, Carla and I) could fit. This worked out great because sometimes Carla is afraid of bigger men and there were quite a few different groups full of men that came and went.

Carla had a great day. We set up camp, had lunch under our colorful umbrella, posed for a few photos and just enjoyed our time. A few hours of swimming for Jarett and I, while Adrian was hanging out under the umbrella, Carla was ready to rest, so we agreed it was time to head back to the car.

Carla and I right above the little beach spot we found.

Adrian ready for his, what he would call a hike.

Carla about to jump for the stick.

Action shot of Jarett and Carla.

Another action shot. Carla showing off her viciousness.

Carla and I, after I got out of my granny hat.

Carla was so tired, but she loved swimming so much. She crawled up on the little bank and just laid down. I don't know if you can tell but her foot is still in the river.

Adrian walking Carla back to the car after our long day. Yes, he is wearing my old lady hat. Anything to get away from the sun.

We decided to go out one more time this week, but we will see if that really happens between everything else that is going on. I have so many other photos, but I tried to limit the amount I put to each post. Ah, maybe I'll add more later. One downer of the day was when the small lens on the camera wouldn't work so we had to use the big lens. So needless to say everything was a little zoomed in.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Just some pictures

Still not much going on with the pups. Surprisingly, I don't think Tenaya's heat is going to last that long, so hopefully she will be ready to go out again soon. So in the mean time here are some pictures of Halette and Tenaya.

Out gardening in the backyard with Halette when she was only 9 weeks old.

This one of Halette reminds me of Reptar from the Rugrats.

Tenaya quickly took advantage of the blanket on the ground.

Tenaya, hanging out around the pool. This is not an uncommon expression to see on her face. I swear though, she is smarter than she looks.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jarett and I have a tradition of taking our puppy for their first outing to make their name tags. We aren't real big Walmart shoppers, but they have a dog tag machine there with easy in-and-out convenience. At this point Tenaya hadn't "done her thing", so she was able to attend. This was a good thing because she looked at that machine like she had never seen, nor heard, a thing like that before in her life. When the machine started scribing the lettering into the tag, there was some head tilting and some nose twitching, so I let Tenaya investigate the huge weird noise-making machine. Halette wasn't even amused.

I think this photo is of Halette on the way to go get her tag.

Not Halette's good side, but there she is with her brand new tag.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

What to do? What to do?

Well, since Tenaya is out of commission and the puppy is still too young to really take out much, they don't have a whole lot going on other than just hanging out.
Halette is now 12 weeks old already! So that meant yesterday was vet day. She did so well and the vet was so nice. I am glad we found a vet that was not only willing to deal with the paperwork but glad to. Halette did so well and didn't even notice when they administered the shot. Having just experienced several rainy days the other week, we suddenly started having our normal days in the high 90's, so she loved the cooling sensation of the metal table. There was no fear in her for being three feet off the ground.

Halette waiting for her shots.

And still waiting. They didn't take long but how long can a pup wait?

So, you caught me, I cheated and maybe put her on the bed.
Halette passed out.

Nothing else has really happened other than we had some company again. My 9 year-old nephew came over and stayed the night. Halette really enjoyed that and was surprised to see him here. My nephew, Jarett, and I had a great time taking our Great Dane, Carla out for a walk to the park. After we were tired from our running around the fields and playing on the playgrounds (sometimes you can't be too old to join in),we went home to make dinner, played one round of Monopoly and then a round of Life. I guess he enjoyed the games so much that the moment I got out of bed today, he jumped up and begged to play again to which I agreed, and then submitted to a awful defeat of him whipping me 0 to 4,230 dollars.

My nephew, Jarett and Carla at the park. I don't know if you can tell but they are siting on the hill with the exception of Carla who is upside down sliding down the hill. She loved this and continued to do it over and over.

Here is my nephew. The look of happiness and greed spread across his face with winning my money in Monopoly.

Had to throw in this picture of this huge pain (Yiddu the cat). By the looks of this photo I should probably cut his food down again.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Five's Company?

My mother was away, so Stella and Teagan were at our house for a few days. Teagan was pretty much her usual self....... asleep. Stella, well Stella is usually out of control funny, so she was herself, just better behaved. Halette has really enjoyed the extra company and Tenaya is always up for Stella to come over. Stella may be small but she can hold her own.

We live in a studio apartment type setting, so feeding five dogs and a cat two to three times a day is a challenge. It definitely takes some trial and error. I think I have this down to an art now, but just getting back into the swing of things takes a little time.

Teagan and Stella went home yesterday and I AM enjoying the peacefulness of just my responsibilities. Although I was informed they would be back often over the next few weeks to months. Eh, oh well. I do enjoy their constant entertainment.

I somehow didn't manage to get any photos of Stella over their time here this week, but I did get photos of Teagan helping to teach Halette what the rope toy was really used for.

Halette and I playing tug.

Teagan helping Halette get the hang of this Tug of War thing.

Halette's psycho attach face attacking the rope.

Halette being cute. Trying to win everyone over chewing on the rope toy. 11 weeks

Couldn't help it, had to add this picture of Halette. I can tell that I won't be able to leave her with the rope toy for any length of time.

The peace and quiet may not last long, but in the mean time, I am enjoying this. Ahhhh, so nice.

And... Just to throw this older picture of Stella sleeping on top of Carla. I think the only one missing from the photos is Tenaya. She'll be there next time.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Halett's First Meeting

Last Thursday Halette had her first group meeting where we met her littermate, Havasu. This is the first time we will have littermate raised in our group since I have been there.

Jarett and I switched back and forth between Tenaya and Halette, and at times we each had both. While Jarett worked with Tenaya on the open stairs, I had Halette in the puppy class. We switched. Jarett worked with Halette and I worked with Tenaya while practicing distractions with socks, fruit, fans, tennis balls, and balloons laid out all over the floor. They both did well, but Tenaya was acting a little funny. With that said I have to say that Tenaya will be out of commission for about 3 weeks while, how do we say, nature takes it course.

Halette on the car ride to the meeting.

At the end of the meeting we all got to visit with the three new puppies, and Halette and Havasu got to play a little more. The only difference between the two was that Halette has a little calic up her nose.

It was a bit hard to get a photo. They were a little excited to see one another.

Havasu and Halette reunite. Havasu is the one jumping up in the air and Halette is the one with her head low, getting ready to jump.

I'm holding Havasu on the left and Halette on the right.

Jarett holding Havasu. She was full of energy so it was hard to get a photo.

Me and my girls. (Tenaya and Halette)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

And Now.... Halette

Halette arrived here almost 3 weeks ago. We are still getting to know her. Although, she cried the whole way home from San Rafael, and the whole first night in her create, we have recovered since then and decided that we like each other. Well, it was more like she finally decided to like us.

We have since conquered the stairs, hoping in and out of the car, doing her buisness outside (most of the time), sitting and waiting for her food for long periods of time. Come and down while running through the commands and not whining in crate.
I like to joke that the day, Halette came home she went through the 5 steps of grief. This was the first of all our puppies to cry in the car and boy did she cry the whole hour and a half way home. Then thinking she would be happier once settled we were wrong. She cried at home too. Even though we had Tenaya to help it didn't matter.
Jarett and I on our way to get Halette.

First picture of Halette.

Jarett, Halette and me.

Step 1 Denial
Halette on her first car ride home. It was not a quite one.

Step 2 and 3 Anger then Bargaining.
Halette crying at the baby gate refusing to believe this was the hand she has been dealt.

Step 4 Depression
Halette laying her head between the bars of the baby gate.

Step 5 Acceptance.
After all the steps of grieving, Halette has accepted us and it's alllllllright here.

Camera not cooperating. A blurred version of Halette meeting Tenaya.

Tenaya ecstatic over Halette.

Today, I would like to state that Halette seems happy to be with us and enjoys playing around with Tenaya, picking on Carla our Great Dane and harassing the cat. We are already far to attached and look forward sharing our experiences.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My Golden Girl Tenaya

Right now Jarett and I are raising Tenaya, a Golden Retriever, and Halette, a black lab. This post is Tenaya's introduction. We picked Tenaya up last May. The day after we got home from Vegas we drove straight to the Guide Dogs campus in San Rafael. We were so excited to be getting our first golden, even though it was supposed to be a male. Luckily, we were reassigned a female just shortly before pick up. I have never personally had a male dog and would have taken what we got, but was relieved to be reassigned a female. Miss "T" was actually Tenaya, who came from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind of New York. Our other puppy at the time, Syesha, went for the ride to meet her new sister she would soon be babysitting on her spare time.
Thats me with my pink and red hair and Jarett with his real red hair on our way to meet Tenaya.

Me and Tenaya right after picking her up. Thank you for the (not so) great photo.

Jarett and Tenaya, she looks thrilled huh?

First real good photo of Tenaya.

Jarett holding Tenaya, and me holding Syesha.

Baby Tenaya's first car ride home.
To help out with the time line, we picked Tenaya up the day after we got home from Vegas, 5 days later Jarett left for Guatemala for the next 4 weeks. Jarett came home a day early for Egypt's graduation. Minutes after I picked Jarett up from the airport, I received an email that informed us Syesha would be leaving us in 3 weeks. It was all happening at the same time.
Tenaya, is now almost 15 months and has turned into quite a golden. She is well rounded and easy going. She loves working, looooves children, and couldn't hurt a fly. We call her, "Stooooopid bear", but all with love. She makes me laugh at the quirky things she does. People often stop and laugh at her laying with all four legs sticking straight out; I hear this is a "Golden thing".
It is starting to hit me that the time is getting closer and closer for Tenaya to be recalled. As I have probably mentioned, it is NOT getting easier. It is getting harder each and every time for me to drop off these dogs. I haven't heard anything yet, so I will continue to follow her and our new puppy's adventures and milestones.
Aka. Bear (Bee air) Little bear, Lady bear, Laaady

My Grand-dog Syesha

Sigh-ESHA. Wow, this was a name that you could throw some attitude into. It was so special to have the opportunity of raising Glimmer's puppy. During the time Glimmer was pregnant, we were in constant communication with her new family, and they were just as excited as we were.
We were very lucky to get Syesha. She was the only female in a litter of five, and sadly, three of the puppies had health issues. Of the two left, Syesha was one of them.
When you have a dog that is in the breeding program, GD's notifies you of the first initial and allows you to submit a list of possible names. Glimmer's new family had a son in elementary school, and Glimmer was very involved with his classroom. So, her new family involved their son's whole class, and I figured that there would be some interesting names.

Since we were exchanging emails with Glimmer's new family, we knew of some of the names that were being submitted. I knew Silver, Shinny, and Sparkle were not going to be used but there was one name we joked and joked about getting. Now, I am not an American Idol fan and I don't dislike it; I just have never watched it personally. Needless to say, that year there was a contestant named Syesha, and Glimmer's new "mom" said she was submitting this name.

Me and Jarett on our way to go get Syehsa.

When we left to get our new little Glimmer baby, I called my mom to tell her we were on our way, joking about how I'll be bringing Syesha home. Little did I know, I was actually speaking fact.

While we were waiting in the Kennel Kitchen for our Miss "S" there was her bag of supplies off to the side of the table. Jarett and I avoid looking at this bag every time, and try to build the anticipation of the name until we finally meet the puppy. But there it was. I saw the bag and turned away. Having just avoided seeing the name, I looked at Jarett's face. He stood there with his hand over his mouth laughing. He was saying I would not believe what the name was. Ha, I finally guessed the name, and yet, that was the most shocking one of them all.

Syesha was such a small little black lab. Her profile looked like a little duck. As they handed over our new little baby Syesha, someone hurried into the room and explained that she just wanted to say goodbye. If I'm not mistaken, Guide Dogs for the Blind has hundred of puppies born and fostered out each year. I figured they loved and cared for the dogs, but didn't get attached. Understanding how hard it is to let go of each dog, we gladly handed Syesha back over for her to say goodbye. The woman began to cry, saying she had worked with dogs for 15 years, and that this little lab was one of her favorite puppies she had come across. I specifically recall her saying that Syesha was a little "spitfire".

With that, we knew that we were in for a ride with Syesha. Having raised Glimmer, knowing her energy, this was going to be fun.
This is me meeting Syesha right outside of the kennels.

Here, Egypt is about 14 months, and Syesha is around 4 months. We're just hanging out in the backyard.
Syesha is around 3 months and egypt is about 13 months, just sharing their bone.

Syesha is at University of the Pacific, wearing her cool shades.

The funny thing is, the two dogs that the staff commented on were Glimmer and Syesha, mother and daughter. We were told that Glimmer was a lover. That couldn't have been more spot on. In fact, she won the dog licking contest.

Syesha really was a little Spitfire, full of what I would like to call "controlled energy." Everything was game with her, making it always fun to go out and find new experiences. This dog was willing to do anything you asked and more.

We got the news of Syesha's recall the night Jarett arrived home from Guatemala, which was
also the night before Egypt's graduation. We were a little surprised that Syesha was recalled so early, one day short of the one year anniversary of her arrival. This time, we waited as long as we could, and returned her on the Sunday of her recall weekend. I kept repeating to myself, "don't feel sorry for yourself, don't feel sorry for yourself" every time I was about to cry. Somehow, this seemed to work.

Arriving at Guide Dogs campus, I was there for business. I walked right into the office, picked out her bone and blanket, walked down the hall to her kennel, arranged her blanket and placed her bone on the ground, turned around, gave her some huge hugs, kisses, and goodbyes, and left. She ran out into her kennel run to see where we where going and I told myself one more time, "don't feel sorry for yourself", and left.

I had no idea how quickly I would see Syesha again. She graduated in November but her training had gone different than most others. She had in home training. I don't know enough about that to actually comment on it, but she had already been working for at least a month before she graduated.

Every time I meet up with one of my puppies at graduation, I almost want to burst into tears of joy the moment I see them. I sound like a cry baby, but really its just these dogs that get me.
Jarett, Syesha and I, backstage waiting to present her
on graduation day November 6th 2009.

Syesha a.k.a Caker, Maker, Machine, Machinery, Monster Caker, Monster

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