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I am a male yellow Lab. My birth date is September 4th 2011. I am in training to be a guide dog for the blind. (guide dog school -Southeastern Guide Dogs) I'm my raiser's fifth guide dog puppy. She will keep me for (about) 1 year, then I will head off to harness training! Please feel free to follow my blog and keep up with: Brandon's Life... As a guide dog in training

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Southeastern Guide Dog school...

Hey everybody, I'm here in FL enjoying my doggy life! (anytime I go out of the room, I see 5+ dogs!)
We started our trip at 3am this morning (if you count that morning...).
Arriving in FL late afternoon, just in time for a SEGDI school tour.
We got our picture taken in front of the pawesome SEGDI rock out front, then headed in to start the tour.
Once we got to the IFT (In For Training) & Puppy kennel, us dogs got put in a "kennel van", since we weren't allowed in the kennels:( At least I had some "buddies" beside me!
My Raiser told me she had a BLAST in the puppy kennel, and the pups were soo cute! (see pictures below!).
They headed down to the IFT kennel to visit all the dogs that have returned to finish training. She had a list of dogs she knew that she was hoping to get pictures of. A couple were in the kennels at the time, but some were out training:(
We enjoyed seeing the school, I said my goodbyes and we headed over to the hotel.

This hotel is PACKED With SEGDI (and other) puppy raisers/guide dog users!
I walk out of my room... and see many dogs!!
If my Raiser's computer will work tomorrow, hopefully I'll post, otherwise WAT post will be posted by her when she gets home... without me.
Enjoy the pictures.
The second to last picture is of My Raiser & I with Kathy Champion & Angel. Kathy is a blind lady, who just recently received a guide dog - Angel (who was a dog in our group!).
To learn more about Kathy, visit here.
The dog with a blog

Picture of Toby's dog tag, you can clearly read his name, and the chain from the collar is very visable on the bottom of the picture

Picture of Toby and I with the Georgia sign, the sign says Welcome, We're glad Georgia’s on your mind - but only some words are visible. I'm wearing jeans and a pink jacket, Toby's wearing his coat
Layout of 3 pictures of the cute puppies in the Puppy kennel. 1 photo you can see 5+ puppies in my lap, the second is 2 puppies playing tug, and the third is of a cute black puppy chewing on a toy

Photo of IFT dogs, visible in the middle of the picture is Hugh, a dog in a nearby group we know

Photo of Toby & I with the SEGDI sign, an engraved rock that says Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. With their logo to the side. I'm wearing my green puppy raiser shirt

Picture of Toby sleeping during the get together this evening

Picture of Toby & I, with Kathy Champion & Angel. Both dogs are staring straight at each other. Angel is dark yellow

Picture of the bottom of Toby's paw. Yes, very random!
Have a Pawesome time!


Lauren and Don said...

Just catching up on all your blog posts this week :) First off, I LOVE the new blue background. Not only is is really pretty, but it also loads way faster on my computer. Yay!- a definite plus!!! I hope your enjoying your trip to SEGD in Florida. I wish I could be cuddling with puppies right now. One question- what kinds of dogs do SEGD train? In a couple of the pictures, I noticed some dogs that didn't look like labs/goldens. Just wondering. Toby sounds like he is doing really well- just today I was looking through the sidebar of info and noticed he was less than a year old. He's HUGE (at least that's how it looks in the photos)- and so well trained. What a good boy he was at the library. Toby's new heart collar tag is so cute!

Hope you have a fun time at the Walkathon. Best wishes for a fun puppy swap. Can't wait to see photos of the SEGD event.

Lauren and Don

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

"What kinds of dogs do SEGD train?"

They have just "retired" the Vizslas & Aussies (though the ones in training will finish).
The breeds they will keep doing are Labs, Golden R, crosses of both, Smooth coat collies, & German Shepherds (they have JUST started the GS, and are only allowing them to be raised right near the school).
I also think they might be mixing them with a different breed).

Feel free to check out SEGDI's webpage about the breeds,

Hugh (one of the IFT dogs that I posted I picture of on my blog), he was a lab or lab x. But sometimes they get 1 puppy out of some litters that have those brown markings.

Toby's Raiser

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I was hoping when woo pawed a khomment on my post it meant woo had arrived!

Thanks fur sharing the pikhs and the fun!


Piappies World said...

Hi there Toby,

Looks like you have been busy but also having loads of fun. We really find what you do interesting and we thank you for sharing your adventures and photos with us. We look forward for more.

Your heart tag is so pretty.

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

Mango said...

Going to school with buddies is good because you can have study groups to review your learnings. It is good to see a graduate with his human. That will be YOU soon.


Dory and the Mama said...

We are so very excited that you have made it safe and sound Toby and it sounds like you and your Raiser are having fun and learning lots!!


Twinkietinydog said...

Toby, I'm so interested in what you have to say that I can't make my usual silly comments. Of course that paw shot in the end...BOL somebody have a pad fetish?