Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mmm That Smells So Good

Wayne here,

Mom and dad went out to eat tonight for dad's early birthday along with the baby and his parents. We went to a nice steakhouse for supper. We sat at a small booth and, of course, my place is under the table. I would much rather be up there with the humans getting to savor their nice meals. I did get to eat before we left the house but, being a Lab, I am always ready to eat at any given time- you just say the word. I am NOT allowed to eat any people food of any kind. Hey, I can dream can't I? Anyways, I have to lay under the table like a well-behaved boy until my raisers are ready to go. Still being somewhat young, I did move around a little and even tried to sneak a crumb of food and failed in my attempt thanks to mom. They all ate their steaks and then desserts and we left the restaurant.

When we left, we jetted across the parking lot to the Petsmart. I have never been in a pet store this big since there is not one close by our house. I really liked getting to see the fish, others dogs that came in with their owners, guinea pigs, mice, and birds. There were so many smells and things to see that it was hard for me to focus even being out of coat. Lots of people gave me pats on the head and told me I am a handsome boy. They were excited to hear that I am a puppy in training for the blind.

We left Petsmart after browsing for a good half hour, we went across to the other end of the parking lot to a Best Buy which is Dad's favorite store. We looked around at numerous things and then we left to come back home. It was a good evening for us all to spend time together.

Will blog again soon,

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Assisted Living Home Visit 2/24/11

Mom, CW, his raiser, and I all decided to take a trip to an assisted living home in our area for a meeting. It was a nice exposure that was full of new smells, people that we have never met before, and equipment that we have never encountered. This trip is part of an assignment that each person in our group has to complete within the next month. We are to visit our local YMCA and a nursing home or at least something of that nature.

We got there this morning at around 10:30 this morning and right off we were exposed to construction equipment. The sounds and the people didn't bother us one bit. They are remodeling the front of the building. We wrang the doorbell to be let inside the building and are greeted by a very friendly woman who was so happy to see two very hansome Lab boys with their moms.

She brought us inside and we got a nice little greeting from her, then she started showing us some rooms where the residents greeted us with open arms. We brought so much joy to their faces and we were even told that we had made their day brighter. How great that made us all feel. :) We stopped in several rooms along this one hall and we had gotten so much love and attention from each resident we visited, I thought I could stay there all day and just be petted. We moved along to another hall and were greeted by other residents who also gave us a fair share of attention, then we met another woman who took us on a tour of a third hall. This time, CW and I were in seperate rooms from each other. One of us dogs was visiting one resident as the other dog visited another. We covered more groud that way and it wasn't quite as overwhelming to the residents when we entered one at a time. They really liked to see us. One couple in this home was celebrating their wedding anniversary today and I was the one who got to go in and greet them. They had baloons in their room, flowers, and even some decorations on their door (of course there were a few decorations throughout the assisted living home anyway). 

When we were done visiting on this hall, it was time for us to go. Mom had to go to work in a few hours and we didn't want to overwhelm the residents as it was getting close to their lunch time anyway. As we were exiting the building, the lady who took us on the second half of the tour told us to come back again and that she thought it was nice of us to come and visit. She knows the residents enjoyed it.  We will have to do it again sometime soon.

As for me, I went home and slept. It's hard work being so cute and getting so much attention!

Bye for now (it's bedtime),

Outing With Mom Yesterday

Wayne here,

Mom decided to take me for a walk in town to do some extra traffic work. We parked at the local post office and walked along the sidewalks, crossing streets, and waiting for the traffic to clear so that it was safe to cross. This was the first time I had walked in my big boy collar, the choke chain. Mom had never used one on me before but I didn't mind it at all. I didn't pull her, I just stayed right by her side as we navigated the streets.

We crossed several streets and then walked back on the other side of the street. After we had walked a couple of blocks back, mom decided to stop at a little garden area and take some pictures of me and practice some obedience training outside of our home. She made me sit, down, stay, comeheel, and forward on a little platform area that was shaded. I did good. The noise in the background and the change of scenery were great distractions. At times it was hard for me to focus.

Here are some photos that mom took of me while we practiced our obedience:

After mom was done with the pictures and practicing with me, we decided to head back to the post office where we parked. We got back to the car, got our package that we were going to send off and went inside the post office.

We mailed off our package and then went back home so mom could get ready for work. It was a fun little outing. There will be plenty more outings like this one in my time.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Let's Go To Work

Yesterday mom took me to work with her. It's been a little while since I have gotten to do that, so I really enjoyed getting to spend the whole day with her. Working at a pet store sure looks like fun!

During the first part of the morning, I had to sit in the grooming shop in a kennel while she got settled into work and put up a shipment that always comes early. She finished that task, then decided to take me out to busy since I did not go when we first got to work. Well....I did nothing again. We came back inside and mom had to start on another task, so I got to sit in the kennel again. I did really good sitting in there with the dryers going on a couple of the dgos that had just had a bath, watching the groomer give dogs baths, and watching her groom the dogs. My friend Zeus, a Husky, got there bright and early with me so that he could be groomed, so I had a friend there. CW, a puppy in our group and housemate of Zeus, was going to the vet that morning to have his top canine teeth cut out since they have not fallen out.

Anyways, mom came and got me a little bit later to help her with her current task...cycle counts (counting product that we have on-hand as opposed to what the system says we should have). I did okay out in the store with her. She says I am getting into my "not listening to mom" stage, but I was just really excited to get to be with her and in a different place.

We left work at 1 p.m. and decided to go to a nearby nursing home to set up a visiting time for CW and I. That is a prject that we puppies will have to complete in the nect month or two. At the nursing/assisted living home, there were lots of people doing construction trying to make the place bigger. I got some really neat exposures here, ones I don't get often. I got to see roped off areas, people in hard hats, and hear and see construction materials/tools.Inside the assisted living home, there were walkers people used to support themselves, new smells, tvs on, people laying in their beds, some walking around, and carts that carried medicine and other supplies. What a neat place for me to visit.

When we left that place, we decided to go to Lowes to pick out some paint strips because mom is wanting to paint the inside of the house. I got to help pick out a couple different colors. She picked up what she thought she wanted and we went back to our car to wait for dad so he could give mom the baby.

They talked for a few minutes and then me, mom, and the baby all went home. We were all tired so we decided to take a nap before mom got started baking cakes for her training classes toinight. They had their graduation from the 6-week obedience course that mom was teaching and she was making their cakes-humans a dogs. Mom made some cupcakes for the dogs with carrots, peanut butter, and a few other ingredients and I even got to try one, which I loved it!

What a busy day it was for us. Will blog again soon.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cameron on Twitter Again!!

Mom just got word that the last dog she raised, Cameron, is on Twitter again for his second time! She also received his training report yesterday and it looks great! She is so proud of him and, when the time comes for me to be where he is now, she knows that I will make her just as proud.

Here is a picture of Cameron working his mall route today:

Here is his training report that mom received yesterday:


DOG:  Cameron
Tattoo:  3N09
Date:  February 7, 2011

Training Phase: Phase 2

++ - exceeding expectations       + - meeting expectations       W=working on
Accepts harness
Straight line concept
Down curbs
Up curbs
Indoor mall
Off curb Travel
Left, Left
Right, Right


Food scavenging

       Small animal

Kennel behavior

He is moving right along in his training. Mom will receive something like this when I go IFT.
Puppy Love,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Out With Mom

Today I got to go out with mom and pay a bill and do a short downtown walk. We walked about two blocks one way, navigated the sidewalks, and crossed busy streets. It was a great outing for me. There were several distractions on the sidewalks like acorns, food, and miscellaneous other things. I walked over man hole covers, water meter covers, and little bumpy black sqaures. None of these things bothered me onebit! Mom was proud of me. We walked our two blocks back and then decided to head home so she can get ready for work tonight.