Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Death of a Baby Toy

I would say that this purple circular chew toy has been one of Jonquil's favorite toys since her arrival. This toy is intended for young pups as it is easily chewed into bits. All toys meet the end of their run and it looks like this baby toy has died. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Chew with your Mouth Closed

Jonquil has spent may hours entertaining herself with her favorite chew toy. Some of you may remember I went on a shopping spree at Guides Dogs Fun Day over the summer. This is one of those toys. Sometimes funny things would happen. For example, it would get stuck over her head. Hmmm... I wonder how that would happen? Anyway, here are some photos to share of her favorite past time.

Jonquil walking around with her purple circle toy stuck in her mouth and pulled over her head and ears. It looks as if she is wearing a sleep retainer.

I don't want anyone to think she was miserable or that she was stuck like this. She would often do this to herself and then undo it herself, for whatever reason she seems to like the challenge.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Carla Turns Five!

I think everyone knows I love my Carla. I feel a little odd saying this, but she understands me like no one else. She knows what I need when I need it and tries to make me feel better, the best she can. I have never met a dog that is as intelligent as Carla. So of course for her birthday she deserved to have everything she would ask for on her best day.

Her day started out with breakfast of course and a few of her most favorite foods. Then we took Tenaya to go pick out some gifts for Carla while we gave Carla some down time (she has a very strict feeding routine due to the breed's vulnerability to bloat).  Tenaya was very well behaved and helped pick out a femur bone, two stuffed "babies" a squeaky pig and a squeaky ball. When we got home I dropped all the gifts on the floor. She went straight for the bone. I let her unwrap it herself which took about 3 minutes. Carla usually won't chew on bones unless they are brand new and for very little time, but she chewed her birthday bone for 15 minutes.

Happy Birthday Carla!
Her favorite thing S. W. I. M. M. I. N. G. 

Looking sweet
Excuse the drool.


Tenaya after she enjoyed some "pool time" with Carla

Carla chewing her birthday bone.

I just noticed that today's post is only showing Carla's brown eye. Since her blue eye shows all her emotions, it catches your eye, so sometimes we ask her how life is through her brown eye. And no, I do mean her eye ball. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

November's Monthly Meeting with Jonquil

We had our last monthly meeting for the year 2011. It isn't the last of out events but the last of our official meetings at the airport.

I was excited to get Jonquil out in a safe place as she has been bundled up inside most of the time. Her stomach is a little more predictable lately, but with this type of issue, it is always up in the air.

While we waited for everyone to arrive we chatted a little with Jonquil's sister's (Jamayla's) raisers for a bit. It didn't take long before we moved over to start obedience. We focused on "recall". Recall is where you call for the dogs to "come". They must travel over to you with this command and touch your leg. We usually do this with our dogs in a sit or down-stay, but in this month's session we let our dogs get distracted with one another until we called for them. Jonquil and a few other pups were a little too young to go off-leash so they stayed on an extended leash, which was good because, honestly, Jonquil was not ready to be off-leash. We then switched around dogs where I worked with Anthony and his raiser took Jon. I hear that Jonquil did pretty well with the other handler. I swear this all happened even though we don't have any photos as evidence.

Obedience was fairly short and, as always, we moved on to the "business meeting". We covered upcoming events, and questions. We always have special announcements / updates. We were told that Cava (YLF) has been selected as a breeder. Although I am a little confused as to if this has been confirmed. I talked to Cava's raisers who are also raising Jonquil's sister. They said that they hadn't heard it was official, but that she had past the first set of tests. They also announced Halette, our previous pup who is currently in training entered phase 8, and a pup raised a few years back is up to graduate from Dogs for Diabetics! Congrats Lotto!

I finally snapped a picture of Peju! It only took 4 months? but I did it! I think with this photo I have one of every dog in the group shown on the blog. If you scroll down you will see I have a list of current pups in training, pups in formal training, and those who have graduated this year.

 Despite what you may think from this photo Peju is a very sweet well mannered, calm girl. 

We welcomed a new little puppy to our group.


Close up of Polka. She is already 11 weeks and man is she big. Almost as big as our four month old girls.

Now, Guide Dogs only allows each name to be used once at any given time. As long as that dog with that name is active in the organization, a puppy in training, or a breeder or guide, then it cannot be repeated. It is rare to get a common name or a name of someone you know, but you never hear of someone raising two dogs with the same name. And with Polka's raiser, this is the case. What are the odds of that?  So that was a little surprising and fun to learn. In fact his first Polka made it as a guide years ago but was retired only a year into her career. She now lives with the raiser's daughter.

Jamayla, Jonquil's sister. 
Right now they are about the same size, although I think this month Jamayla is a pinch bigger. 
 She is full of energy and has an opinion just like Jonquil. She did well at her come recall. 

 Jonquil and Jamayla

 All I know is that Jonquil is on the right.

This is such a mess. If you would like you can try to figure it out. Lol

Left to right is Jamayla, Polka and Jonquil

Again, Jamayla, Polka and Jonquil

I think Jonquil took a lot in at the meeting. Once all was taken care of, we let the three little ones have a playdate. She sure had fun. I just hope Jonquil doesn't think this is what meetings are all about.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jonquil's Photo Shoot Part 1

Earlier this week Jonquil had her final set of shots. She is ready to go out for walks, to parks, anywhere without worry of her catching the dreaded parvo! I am ready to go, go, go.

Although, I still have to take it easy because Jonnie's stomach is still iffy. Once her stomach clears up  we will be going full force into outings.

I have to thank Jarett for taking Jonquil to the vet for her shots. So, Thank you! I was told she easily won everyone over with her sweet eyes.

Anyway, we have done a few photo shoots in the yard. For now, I am only going to share some of the photos. So take a look. 

I tried to get a group photo of Carla (great dane), Tenaya (golden) and Jonquil..... but it was not meant to be. :(


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Phase Report

Wow! I don't know if this was a typo or what but it looks like Halette has jumped up to the final phase in her training.

Phase 8! 

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