Sunday, March 6, 2011

March Monthly Meeting with Halette

We recently had our March monthly meeting with our guide dog puppy raisers group.

This month we were welcoming our three brand new little puppies Miss Z, Mr. A and Mr. R. Because there were so many new little ones we split the group into two and held a puppy class for the newbies and obedience class for the older dogs. Tenaya, living the life of a retiree doesn't go out much, so she decided to get out for a change and come along. I worked with Tenaya while Jarett worked with our current PIT (puppy in training). Because Tenaya is living the life she didn't have to do obedience class and so we sent Jarett over with Halette (so no pictures of that) and snuck some quality time with the babies.

Puppy class consists of learning or reviewing basic calming exercises and body handling techniques. We have a important job as puppy raisers to teach each pup to except unusual equipment and handling of their paws, tail, ears, legs, eyes and face.

Miss Z. was Zuzu (I am unsure of the correct spelling)



Mr. A was Anthony


Mr. R was Raffi (Again I am unsure of the correct spelling)

From what I heard, Jarett and Halette worked on sit and stay together. Then as usual to expose the dogs to working with other partners we switched dogs.

We always have a little social time and then we go over the upcoming events and dates. After the important stuff was over we played a game of charades to guess the names of the new member and celebrated a good bye to Stockholm who is leaving for formal training this weekend?

Jarett and Halette sitting on the floor listening to the annoucments. Tenaya's head is peaking in the bottom of the photo.

Mr. A and his puppy raiser (who also raised Donner who has been mentioned on this blog before) while playing charades. Mr. A is looking up at his raiser wondering what she is doing.

Here is Wella. She a yellow lab female about six months here.

This is Lucinda who is a yellow lab female. I wish I could have caught her eyes. They are so full of expression.

Here is Estee a black lab female. She is around 13 month here.

Havasu who is Halette sister sitting on her raisers lap. Havasu couldn't be any different from Halette. Halette enjoys everythings she does with a bounce in her step. Havasu is in love with her raisers and loves to be at home. They do however share the same sweetness.

Here is Donner who was just CC'd last month after making it to phase 8. He was the family's first guide dog puppy and I have to say I am glad that they are now raising Mr. A. They did such a good job raising Donner.

Above is Stockholm who is returning to Guide Dogs San Rafael campus for formal training.

And of course a photo of my girls Halette and Tenaya! Tenaya is looking a little worried here but I can reassure you she is looking off at something interesting.

My girls listening laying down listening to the announcements.


Raiser Erin said...

Oh! Estee is in your group! Estee is a Belle puppy. :) I was hoping to get Epic before I got Rocco.

Such cute new babies!

Suka said...

What beautiful dogs! The photos of ZuZu are so sweet. And little Anthony looks a bit sad, or scared. Such a cutie! It sounds like it was an interesting and fun event.


Amanda said...

The baby puppies are adorable. I absolutely love Zuzu's name.

Mary Jo said...

Great baby pictures! They are all so cute and seem to be well-behaved. :) We're raising Silky, Stockholm's sister. Their brother, Stefano, just started training in Oregon. Silky was spayed last week and has her final eval this afternoon. It'll be fun to keep track of the littermates as they move through training.

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

Aww, the new pups are soo cute!
Love all the pictures :)

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