Thursday, October 21, 2010
We can hardly wait to see our baby girl again!
Here is Ellie's blog link...
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The first thing after a little talk about meeting our dogs again, the blind students do a route for us outside the Admin Building. Eve sniffed just about every bush along the sidewalk. Apparently the kennel cat was out roaming around that morning!
It was so amazing to see Eve leading a blind person. I can clearly remember those days when I was leading Eve. How in the world, in 9 months time, did Eve learn how to lead someone. Thanks goes straight to SEGDI's amazing trainers.
|Eve walking gently beside "her" person Wendy. Eve and Wendy are a perfect match.|
Eve did everything from jumping up, to licking, to even biting my face... Eve was so excited! Eve went from person to person jumping, tackling, stepping on, hitting with her tail... she was overjoyed.
And so were we.
|Eve excitedly jumping up on Meagan|
|Again, Eve excitedly jumping on Meagan... this time Eve has her right paw on Meagan's arm :)|
|Eve looking at the camera with Meagan, Diona, and Kaitlyn touching Eve.|
|Eve and Collin, all smiles for the camera!|
|Kaitlyn and Eve|
|Diona and Eve|
|Kaitlyn petting Eve's ears and Eve is licking her own lips.|
|Meagan just about to give Eve one of many kisses.|
|Meagan and Eve looking at the camera with big smiles on their faces. This picture is Meagan's profile pic on Facebook|
|Todd scratching Eve's face right between Eve's eyes... sadly I realized this is the only picture we have of Todd and Eve!|
|Meagan explaining the scrapbook to Eve's blind person. Eve has her harness on and is stretching her nose up to the table to smell the scrapbook too!|
|Eve in her harness.... looking very professional.|
|Amazing, Eve still has her look of "this picture taking thing is getting really annoying".|
After we said our tearful goodbyes, we went down to the main kennel to visit some dogs who are In For Training. This is sweet Jeannie. She was from our group here in the South Shore region.
|Jeannie smiling for the camera!|
|Jeannie and one of her kennel buddies.|
|Rocky sweetly looking at the camera :)|
|Hmmm... a little camera shy?|
A very happy,
Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I have heard that you are now class ready and will be matched with a visually impaired person very soon.
I just wanted to let you know, I am very proud of you. You were my first puppy, my first "baby", my first challenge. Remember those times when we were battling your "bowel problems" every 30-45 minutes at night? I remember. Very well.
I was so tired, and I knew Eve, you weren't feeling good. I told mom "I can't do this anymore, I've done this for a week, we have to take her back to SEGDI!" Well I looked into your sweet brown eyes, they look so pitiful. If you could talk, I'm sure you would've said "But I thought you were my person" It was then and there I knew you were never going to leave my side.
After your bowel problem was figured out, life was awesome. You excelled at anything I showed you. You put up with anything, ear grabbing, tail tugging, an occasional "oops, sorry I stepped on you Eve".
We traveled to Tampa 3 times a week for the first couple months of your life with us. You loved going. You learned the motion of the van when we got onto the interstate and knew it was going to be a long drive. If for some reason, we had to turn around and go back, you would sit up looking like "What, where are we going, this isn't the way!!"
I loved your personality and little antics :)
You went everywhere with us. I remember one time we were at Wal-mart and we were walking along and a little boy sitting in a buggy said (rather loudly) "LOOK DAD IT'S SUPER DOG!!!"
I only wished I had a video camera rolling. It was so cute and thought "Kid, you don't know how much of a super dog this little girl is". Any dog you see in a coat , is a super dog. Whether they are Therapy dogs, Guide dogs, Canine companions, Paws for patriots, Bomb dogs, special needs dogs, etc! They all have a purpose for someone. They are all important.
When your traveling with a guide dog puppy, you get lots of stares, finger-pointing, and whispers. (Hey at least I have a good reason for being stared and pointed at! It's better then no dog and toilet paper stuck to my shoe :) You, my dear Eve, just went along doing your business.
Nothing ever startled you, you knew your job and got it done.....with perfection.
All of our adventures are over, and your just beginning your own! I cannot wait to see you, my sweet girl, again! I will never forget the wonderful, and exciting times we had together.
Love you my Eve-r-beaver :)
Saturday, February 27, 2010
As well as seeing the wonderful raisers from our puppy group, I was able to meet up with two other puppy raisers that came from out of state for the WAT. I met one though an internet group a couple years ago and the other from the wonderful world of blogging!
This is Rebecca and her puppy-in-training, Rocky (aka the Rock Star!). We puppy-sat Rocky (when he was about 50 pounds lighter :) and Rebecca's career changed dog Ely when Rebecca and her family came down for the graduation of their last puppy they raised! Rebecca was the person who really nudged me into raising puppies.....Thank you so much Rebecca!!
Rebecca has an awesome guide dog blog, check it out.....here
This is Allie and her beatiful puppy-in-training Toby. Toby wasn't wanting his picture taken....he'd much rather sniff Sadie all over :) Allie has a really neat guide dog blog as well!
It rained during the whole 3 mile walk...every dog was soaking wet and pretty frisky because of the cold weather. The humans were also soaked, but despite the rain, almost every person walked the 3 miles. Sadie stayed in a perfect down under during lunch...
After lunch, Kaitlyn and I did a blind fold walk. Our first ever!
SEGDI staff marks off an area where they have dogs in harnesses ready to show you what it feels like to walk in complete darkness with a dog. When you start, you have to put on glasses that are completely black so you can't see anything. The dogs trainers are there, of course, holding the leashes, but you, as the "blind person" have a hold of the harness. The trainers have objects like a chair or safety cone so you and the dog have to go around it. It really shows you how much a blind person depends on the dog to keep them safe. The guide dog that lead me was a Gold-a-dore (Golden Retriever mix Lab) named Sarge and Kaitlyn's guide was a Lab. (Can't remember it's name!)
Right before the WAT was over they had the raffle. The winner of the 1st prize ($10,000 dollars) lives in Texas!
Sadie and I posed for a picture right before we left for home. (This was the same spot we took a picture of Eve and I last year *sniff* :)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This afternoon, I went out to get the mail and along with the typical junk, was an envelope addressed to us from Southeastern Guide Dogs. As soon as I saw it's contents, my heart skipped a beat and tears welled up in my eyes...
I'm crying just thinking about how sweet my little girl is.
She will make a perfect guide dog...just like her big "sisser" Clarke.
If all goes as planned, she will go through 6 months of intense harness training. We will receive report cards to see how she is doing. Then after those 6 months, she will be matched with the perfect person. They will then go through 26 days of learning how to work together.
If Eve's person agrees, we will then meet each other on "Puppy Raiser Day". That is one of the most special days you can imagine! Getting to watch your little puppy lead someone who can't see, or help someone who needs it. Most of the time, as soon as the dog sees their puppy raisers it makes a bee-line towards you and gives you TONS of doggy kisses! We will get to give Eve her favorite toys, and I'll make a scrapbook for her person. Even if the person is blind, they still enjoy showing off their dog to friends when they were a puppy!
Unfortunately, during this time, I cannot go see Eve. If I do, I could distract her and mess up her training. That wouldn't be fair to her. So if your down in Palmetto, stop by SEGDI and ask to see Eve!!
I will update the blog every now and then. I'll show you her report cards, and possibly add my future puppy-in-training to "Eve's Everyday Adventures" whenever a pup is needing a home!!
A SUPER HAPPY PUPPY RAISER,
Friday, January 22, 2010
My last picture with Eve...
She was so excited to meet Melinda and her trainer.
(That's when the water works were on full blast!)
No looking back for Eve...she's so awesome.
Right now, Eve is having a blast hanging with her Kennel mates...and has totally forgot about me and my family. That's okay though. I know she's super happy.
We should hear how her vet and hip exam goes in 2 weeks!! That's the hardest part...waiting.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Loves ice. Sleeps in the most distorted positions. Certified Therapy Dog.
Loves raw carrots. Smiles for the camera. Guide Dog in Florida.
Loves raw carrots. Moo's in the morning. Waiting for 'guide dog' perfect confirmation!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Meagan and I got some video of us doing some obedience. I wanted to show you all I can do. I know a lot more skills then what I show you here, but the others are when I'm in stores and in my blue coat.
This is the "Leave It" command...
The Hold and Give game....
This is one of Eve's favorites...
Eve's not such a fan of puppy push ups... :)
I will be taking Eve back to Southeastern Guide Dogs on January 21st at one o'clock in the afternoon. I am so proud of my little girl! She will be great in whatever career she is placed!
At this point in time I (Meagan) don't plan on raising another guide dog puppy for a few months. I have some plans and changes coming into my life that I think I need to address before adding another puppy-in-training into my home.
This doesn't mean I won't ever raise again! I LOVE it! Raising these amazing dogs has given me something that no other experiance could! It has made me more outgoing, I put myself in a place (when your walking down a walmart isle, you sure to get a few stares and weird glances...maybe even some whispers!!) where I am forced to talk to people.
I have rasied kids (my mom had a home-daycare for most of my life, so I grew up around chaning babies, feeding and caring for them) before, but never my own.
So Eve has, is a sense, giving me a taste of what true motherhood is like. I had to get up during the night to let Eve got outside (Eve had a few health problems in the beginning, so it was about every 30-45 minutes I was letting her out) had to feed her, teach her what good and what is not.
Eve is so sweet and has such an awesome disposition. She's goofy and sometimes even a little too silly when I'm serious :) If I'm having a bad day, or not feeling good, she's right there beside me....sometimes wanting to be on top on me :)
Right now she's sleeping quietly beside me. Well, with an occasional snore :) I sure am gonna miss this girl!
Meagan and Eve 2X8