Thursday, August 25, 2011

Still No Halette

Okay so, it has been a month since Halette has been up in San Rafael waiting to start training. She has yet to show up on any of the phase reports, so my GD leader took it upon herself to ask what is going on. The answer is she has not and will not start training until September 5th. It seems like a long time to get her going but I am excited that she starts soon!!!

.....And if you haven't been keeping up to date on Halette's sister Hilly then I am sad/happy to inform you that she was "career changed" and is happily staying with her raiser E. She has her own blog about her new path in life so go check it out. Hilly's Happenings

P.S to Hilly's raiser...... I am a little jealous.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Halette's a Little Helper

Before Halette went in for formal training three and a half weeks ago, she spent the summer helping us put together Jarett's elementary classroom. After she left we kept having sporadic scares of, "Where is the DOG?!". I'm sure some of you puppy raisers know what I am talking about. Anyway, Halette was a good little helper. Most of the time she just slept or followed us around. But man, do I miss that little thing.

............ Still waiting for any news on Halette. Last I heard she was being spayed and going to recover before training. I know she either started training with the last group of dogs recalled last weekend or if she was taking a little longer to recover she would start training in the beginning of September.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Some News

Well, to make a long story short..... Halette will not be a breeder due to a small health issue. She will be spayed and depending on when she has made a full recovery, she will start training around the middle of August or early September. It seems like such a long way off from now. I'm sure it will go by fast. Little stinker....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Turning Halette in for Training

We last left off at Fun Day. We had just eaten lunch. Lunch was our time to give a hug or two. Just some time to ourselves. A time to slow down for a moment. We sat there and talked for a while. I tried to see if Halette wanted to play with any of the new toys, but she didn't really want to.

I was becoming anxious about turning in Halette for recall. We discussed leaving from lunch and dropping her off. Jarett knew I would want to leave right afterward, so he talked me into going back to the booths and getting the rest of what I had wanted to buy.

All-in-all, I got a license plate frame, a jacket front sleve, 2 toys, a 20 foot drag line, a key chain and a treat bag. Oh, oh, and some decals for my car. Haha. I know I went a little crazy. I went home with a bag full of items.

After that I couldn't wait any longer. Jarett agreed, so we took that long walk down past the kennel entrance, all the way to the office.

Everyone was busy at the time we checked in, so we had a little wait. The wait was painful. As we stood there, we both tried to fight back the tears.

Someone came back and told us her kennel was ready, so we followed them over to it. The lady let us have a moment to ourselves as she left to get a bone for Halette. That is when I went inside the kennel to say goodbye. I gave Halette a hug, she wiggled around and acted completely happy. I let Jarett have his turn separately. I came out of the kennel and Jarett went in. At this time, the woman came back with the bone for Halette and again she said take your time and left.

Jarett hugged Halette, who again couldn't be any happier, gave her the bone, unhooked her leash and........ she just took off running. The kennel runs are part indoor and part outdoor. She just took off running in and out, in and out, butt tucked and all. At one point she stopped and showed off her glorious prize to a dog next door. It was just what we needed to make us laugh. She was just a goof from the moment we got her to when we dropped her off. I know she is being a goof right now.

I told Jarett, "Let's leave when she isn't looking", as we have had some of our dogs look back for us. We started walking away when I told Jarett I had to double check to make sure we locked the door. We walked back and when we reached the kennel, Halette was drinking out of the water bowl. She didn't stop drinking, but looked up at us as if to say, "Oh.... what are you doing back?" I see she wasn't even worried.

Ha, that dog cracks me up. And I do not have a doubt that she is having a blast. ; )

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fun Day Fun Day

Every year Guide Dogs for the Blind holds a event for their puppy raiser. It's known as Fun Day and it is held on the training campus. By the end of this event my time with Halette as a puppy in training was to end and she would be turned in for formal training...........

On Fun Day they hold classes you can choose to attend and there are booths set up for a little shopping. But the best part about Fun Day is littermate meet up.

We started off our day rushing over from the parking lot as the beginning ceremony was already taking place. I mean, I was so jumbled trying to get there on time, that I don't remember a thing about ceremony or the training example they did on stage.

Once the opening ceremony and training example were finished, we decieded to take a class. I think Halette has been picking up on my anxiousness lately so I thought sitting in a class would help settle both me and Halette down and it did.

The class was a video of the new food induced recall. It was helpful and entertaining enough to motivate me to try and be a better puppy raiser.

Here is Halette in class. She didn't seem as entertained.

With some time to waste, we went through the puppy truck. This truck is used to drop off and pick up dogs/puppies to and from raisers who live out of state.

Halette stepping off the van.

We headed over to do a quick swipe through the booths. Of course I saw things I wanted and things I needed. I knew we were not picking up a puppy when we dropped off Halette later that day, but in preperation of getting another pup I brought a new drag line, new puppy toy and a new nylabone.

From there we ran into the booth that has pictures of each breeder. We looked up Aqua (Halette's mom) and Dylan ( Halette's dad).

Aqua (Halette's Mother)
I think Halette looks like her mama.

Dylan (Halette's Father)

We then visited the gift shop. There were more things I had to have inside. I bought a license plate frame (which looks great on my cooper) and another toy. Maybe I was making up for having to drop off Halette?

11:40 oh ... time to meet Halette's littermate. Luckily for us the littermate meet up was stationed right outside the gift shop.

First we met Hilly and her raiser. We chatted for a moment when Hestia and her raiser walked up. At first I thought this was good enough for me and that was all the dogs that was going to show, but man was I wrong.

From left to right, Hilly, Halette and Hestia
I love how Halette looks like she is reminiscing with her sisters in the photo above.

I'm pretty sure I have now officially met all of Halette's littermates with the exception of Hibachi. The other littermates who did not attend this year where Halette's sister Havasu, who grew up in our group and Hermes, who I met last year.

Halette, Hestia, Hilly, Hanalei, Hana

Halette, Hestia, Hilly, Hanalei and Hana




I noticed that Halette and Hilly were the most alike in physical features and Hana looked like Havasu, who was raised in our group.

I had a great time getting to know little things about each pup. It was exciting to see the differences and similarities in each dog. In the past years I think I only met one of Teagan's and one of Glimmer's littermates. My expectations were easily and very well exceeded.

We went and stood in line for lunch and found a little place off to the side to eat by ourselves. I knew my time with Halette was ending soon. For one last time we went around the booths, I splurged on some more items. When all was said and done it was time to turn Halette in and say goodbye................

To be continued.......

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