Thursday, September 29, 2011

Phase Report... Halette

This weeks phase report is in and Halette has moved up to phase 2! 

When your pup is in training you get an update every Thursday. The thing is this week has me completely screwed up. I thought yesterday was Tuesday and when I finally realized that it was Wednesday I didn't even think about today being Thursday. So this morning I was excited when I opened my email and saw an email labeled phase report! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

How We're Doing with Jonquil

Let's get straight to the point, Jonquil has some attitude. She has an opinion and she WILL let you know. I know better than to give her attention when she is having a fit, but she still has a way of getting her point accross. Lol. (Oh and I don't mean she whines, she barks.)

On the other hand (and I say this with hesitation, because things have a way of coming around and biting you right in the butt) she has done amazingly in her crate.

On the first day home, Jarett worked with her for about an hour playing and introducing her to the kennel. Jonquil blew us out of the water with how much she likes and accepts her crate! Now, I say this with only two nights under our belts and I am well aware that I have some battles in the days ahead, but she slept through both nights, only whining around 4-5 a.m. to go outside to "do her business". Today she actually self crated many times. 

Jonquil is already picking up that the side yard means business, so instead of trying to play around she gets straight to it. In the potty training department, it helps that she is already 11 weeks old.

I don't know what to do to keep this puppy busy! She gets bored of her toys quickly and wants one on one attention all the time. I am trying to give her enough attention, but I am also trying to make her figure out how to entertain herself. It doesn't help that Tenaya and Carla want nothing to do with her. It was all fun the first day but they are so OoooVer IT!

We have already conquered walking up and down the stairs, they are no problem now. Walking on a leash is so much better, Jonquil understands that we are going somewhere so there isn't much of a protest.

Jonquil is a little sensitive to noise. I want to make it clear that she isn't scared just notices common noises. Seems to me that she is getting use to them already.

So far I think that her favorite toy is her leash. I don't think that I have ever had a puppy in the past that is so insistent on chewing their leash.

It is almost time to put her to bed. Let's see how tonight goes.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Meet Miss "J"

Today we picked up our newest little puppy project! We were a little drowsy from my odd, thrown off sleep hours. Plus it was Friday, so I kinda made Jarett wake up super early with me. lol. Anyway, we got ready, packed the car and got on our way. As we were on our way I realized we forgot to take our "before" photo. This photo has somehow become a tradition we seem to do every time we take off on our drive to pick up our new puppy. But I squeezed it in....

Being that we didn't know the name or the color of our new little girl we tried to keep our minds off the obvious subject and the ride went by somewhat fast and uneventful.

I had forgotten that today was a recall day, which is a day where dogs who are ready for formal training are turned in. I talked for a short moment to the woman who was waiting for the dogs to arrive. She helped us find someone to get our pup for us. We were then led into the Kennel Kitchen and handed our baggy full of ear cleaner, toothbrushes, heartguard, flea control, collars, leash, monthly reports, vet info, etc. The lady said, "Looks like you are taking home Jonquil."

You heard, or should I say read, that right. I thought oh man...... What A NAME! lol.

It took a little while to actaully get the pup. I knew she was going to be 11 weeks and that obviously meant she was going to be bigger, but when I saw her through the window, I said, "If that is our pup, then she is huuuuge."
I'm not sure she is really any bigger than any of the other puppies we have received, but she sure seemed like it. (Now that she's home she doesn't seem that big.)

Oh and She is YELLOW!!!

I had an inkling she was yellow. Last time I had spoken to Cava's raiser's, they mentioned they were getting a yellow. Jonquil is our 2nd yellow lab out of 7 PIT's. I looked up her name and Jonquil actually is a shade of yellow. So now it is growing on me..... a little....

I have no idea yet if her parents are yellow or black. I am going to do some investigating later tonight if I am stuck awake. (Which will probably happen for at least one of two reasons..... crate training.) If anyone has any picture of her parents that you can send me, please let me know and I will get you my email.

I won't make you wait any longer.... here she is.......

Here is a short list of things about Jonquil.
  1. She has the cutest eyes. The middle of her bottom eyelids seem to come to a sharp point.
  2. She is such a pretty light color. She reminds me of our previous pup, Egypt, just not as quiet.
  3. She is sweet but independent.
  4. I think Jonquil might be our little Spoiled Pageant Queen. She has the looks and the attitude.

Jonquil was pretty good during the car ride home. There were about two hours of time to waste, so I tried to keep her busy with a bone. Instead she tired repeatedly to eat my shoe lace and the towel. Lol. She barked about 5 times and a little crying here and there. For the most part she was great. This trip home was better than when we first brought Halette home. Halette cried the entire two hour drive.

I made a quick stop by my mother's house so she could quickly meet Jonquil and then we came home.

Here is a list of things that we have done or I have noticed since we have been home.
  • We introduced Jonquil to Carla who loved her. We then introduced her to Tenaya, who of course, lost her little golden mind over Jonquil.
  • Jonquil went right to sleep, so lunch was quite late as I was not going to spoil that moment of peace.
  • When she did wake up, I was surprised she ate her whole lunch, but who am I kidding she is, after all, a LAB.
  • She is having a tough time adjusting to life on the other side of the gate. For now, that is where Jonquil will spend the majority of her time until she is more reliable in her potty training. There has been some more crying and barking, but other than that she is just a curious little pup.
  • Right now she sounds like she swallowed a squeaker.
  • Oh, and every time I praise her for being good or quiet she barks/cries at me. Her crying is half barking.

I hope she starts to feel more comfortable in the next few days. I'm sure she will start to catch on to the routine. I think I am in for a ride with this one. lol.

One last note: I had forgotten that everything I own is dark. All my clothes, my purse, the interior of MY CAR.... Oh man, I am already drowning in white hair! haha. Her cuteness helps with that though.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wait.... What?.... Okay

Well, I have some exciting developing news today! Two weekends ago I turned in my PPQ. It is the form you fill out to raise a puppy from Guide Dogs for the Blind.

That Monday, I got an email asking if I was ready to take a pup that upcoming weekend. I said no, trying to be patient, but then on Wednesday I received an email from our CFR asking if Jarett and I could take a pup, seeing as they had a few that were reaching 11 weeks old and need to be placed in a home.

I have been trying to resist. I think I have even mentioned it was getting hard to turn down, but I was becoming weaker and weaker with every passing group outing/meeting.

After setting up a few things and finally getting to a decision today, we said,"Yes! We could even pick up a pup this weekend."

So to get you up to date, we are getting little Miss "J". Her parents are Cathy and McKinley and she was born on July 10th. Jarett and I couldn't decide on a black lab or yellow lab, so I told our leader to surprise us, which I think is funny because she took that to heart and didn't tell us the color, even once we were assigned a puppy. So when we arrive at GD's campus tomorrow, we will find out the complete identity of our new little member!

I am not really going to make a contest out of this, but if you would like to take a few guesses on color and name, go for it because your guess is as good as mine.

Oh and one more little detail..... Cava's (YLF) raisers are picking up little "J"'s sister.

Phase Report

Halette moved into phase 1! Her brother Hermes is in phase 7 already, so good job to him! He only has one more phase to go before he is class ready.

Can't wait to see what next week brings ;)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Phase Report


Halette was turned in for training back in July and since then I have been waiting for her to start training.

Finally, today Halette has shown up on the phase report. It may only be phase 0, but that's still great to hear.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Training Meeting

Even though we currently do not have a new little pup in training to love, we decided to go to this month's meeting. I felt like it had been too long and I really missed everyone.

As soon as we showed up we were handed two dogs. One was Laser, who was CC'd last year, and the other was Raffi (BLF), who is in training. So that right there is my excuse for the horrible photos.


We did a little obedience, you know, sit, stand, let's go, ect.

Next, we did a game to show the importance of timing in marking behavior. We split into groups of five and had one person act as the "dog". Everyone else held each other's hand in a line and when the "dog" showed the desired behavior, the first person in the line would squeeze the next person, and so on until the last person received the hand squeeze and marked the behavior with the word nice. This game magnified the confusion caused by a late mark in the desired behavior and the importance of timing. Luckily I wasn't the dog.... this time....


We moved on to the usual business part of the meeting, discussing this and that, upcoming outtings, who can go, who can't, what new ideas do we have?....

And then we have what is selfishly my favorate part of the meeting, social time. This month Cava was celebrating her Bone Voyage with some cake for us humans and a photo shoot of Cava in a cap and gown. We are not sure of the exact date Cava will be returning for training but it will be in one of the next two recall dates.


An update on other pups in the group.
Raffi was transfered within our group to one of our leaders. I worked with Raffi this month. He is the sweetest thing. He even talks, not barks but talks when you are giving him some love.
Anthony has the craziest wavy hair I have ever seen on a yellow lab. I also worked with Anthony this month. I really enjoyed the way he responded to me and he definitely knows his name!
Peju, well I didn't even really get to pet her but she is getting bigger fast. I tried to get a photo of this little black lab pup, but my camera was throwing a fit. eh...
Last month we welcomed a returning raiser to our group. She moved back and is now and has been raising Vance, a yellow lab male who must be at least 7-8 months old.


Until Next time......

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