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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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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Global Animal Blogging Event - plus a GIVEAWAY!

***For our new visitors - please make sure to read the "about" pages at the top of this blog (under my pawesome header photo!) - it will explain more about me & the other doggies my Raiser has trained.
Word you may not know - "My Raiser" is just like your "mom", but since I'm a guide dog in training - I don't know who my real "mom" will be yet.***

That is right, GABE is here!
AND I am "active", which means... I will be hosting A GIVEAWAY!
My Raiser has decided - the giveaway will be for... HER PAWESOME GOAT MILK SOAP! She even has little lab soap & dog bone soap! (see pictures below).
Want to know why we are participating in GABE? We hope to make many new friends, stay in contact with old ones, and win some cool giveaways!

Interested in entering our giveaway? If you have a blog, Leave 1 (ONE) comment and you will be entered, really that's all! The winner will be announced on April 18th - you have until April 17 at midnight to enter/leave a comment.
The prize is NOT store bought soap - this Goat Milk Soap is HOMEMADE by MY RAISER, yes MY RAISER makes the soap - the old fashion way with lye, not glycerin.

The giveaway will be for 2 bars of Goat Milk Soap - 1 "Lab puppy" bar & 1 "dog bone" bar (see pictures below).
This is 1 giveaway - if you win you will receive BOTH bars!

Have a blog? You CAN ENTER - just leave a comment on THIS post BEFORE April 18th!
Any questions? Don't expect to win the giveaway & want to order some soap? Email my Raiser at
Or visit the GABE page to learn more about this event.
I will be posting reminders to enter this event, but make sure to leave a comment! (only one please).
Winner will be hand picked (possibly "mouth" picked by one of my furry friends -as I won't be here by then)
Enjoy the photos of the goat milk soap!
Don't forgot to see the post below (my "Wordless Wednesday" post) that picture was taken at one of my "last place" visits - I only have 1 more visit to that place before I leave:(
(Note from Raiser - this soap is made from a mold, I don't hand carve it!
**For humans only - I may include something little for your dog)
The dog with a blog

Picture of the side of the lab puppy goat milk soap - the puppy is in a down, and it has a bone beside it

Photo taken from the above the soap, the little lab puppy is still as cute as ever!

Photo of the dog bone soap - the dog bone looks just like a dog treat - but it's on a plain bar so you can't confuse your dog bone soap with your dog treats!

Photo of GABE'S badge - it says Global Animal Blogging Event - and has many animals on it


Martha and Bailey said...

Great giveaways! Good luck with it all - we are away over the Easter break but will catch up with you when we get back.
Have a great Easter.
Martha & Bailey xx

Katrin said...

Your soaps are gorgeous!!!! I use goat milk soap and love it. So much nicer than soap you find in the store. If I don't win the giveaway I may have to contact you about buying some of your soaps. :-)

Wilma said...

Hi Toby, that soap is like artwork, your raiser is very talented. I'm so sorry I found your blog so late. I already will miss you when you go.

Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful prize idea!
GABE is so fun!!

Tucker said...

Cool soaps - Can the doggies use them too or are they just for hoomans?

woof - Tucker

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

What a fun giveaway. Mom isn't gonna want to use it though! She'll just stare at it.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Twinkietinydog said...

Great GABE post and pawesome giveaway. Win or lose, I love them and would like to get some. I got all the info now, thank you.
PS thanks for reminding me to do my post, really. I can't wait to put up the links!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Toby, great soap, Mum likes it anyway, but I hope woo get to make lots of new friends and have some fun before woo go off to doggie college.
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Deborah said...

That is so cool! It is so pretty, you would only want to have it when company comes over!!! LOL Have fun with this! Just yesterday, I bought some goatmilk handcream, crazy...

houndstooth said...

That soap looks awesome! Your raiser has talent!


mayziegal said...

Oh gosh, Toby. That soap is some of the Most Beautiful soap I've ever seen! Your Raiser is very talented!

Wiggles & Wags,

Anonymous said...

The dog soap looks like a very small version of my friend Rumble. This is a great giveaway.

(I have a giveaway contest you can enter this week!)

Clive said...

Fantastic soaps - wonderful prizes. The best of luck with the competition.

Have a Happy Easter!

take care
Clive and the NSLM

Kari in WeHo said...

that is beautiful soap! Does yoru raiser make it from a mold or carve it?

Lola said...

What wonderful giveaways! Your raiser has a lot of excellent abilities, Toby.

I was reading your "last time" posts and it made me sad, even though I know you're continuing on your journey to do the most rewarding job a dog can have. Raisers like yours must be very special, unselfish humans to be able to raise you up and let you go when it's time.

wags, Lola

the booker man said...

yay for GABE! isn't this the funnest?
your raisers soaps are beautimous! i especially love that it's a lab cuz, well, i'm a lab! heehee. :)
the booker man

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

What a great prize!

Your raiser is furry furry talented!

PeeEssWoo: We gave GABE a shout out on my blog but I've got too much going on to give it the proper attention it warranted - I did let Twink know of a special prize she khould have!

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Toby,
Our mom would love that soap. We, as a group, try to avoid bathes by swimming in our lake during the summer months.
This is an outstanding GABE post, the best we've read so far; it's also the first.
We're going to be active participants too and did our post today at: http://bumpasshounds.blogspot.com/2010/03/confused-us-confused-never-well-hardly.html

BRUTUS said...

Hey Toby!!
Nice to meet you - we are friends of Twinkie's and are also playing GABE (although a little slower off the startline than yourself!). Those are some of the prettiest soaps I've ever seen - only problem is I don't know if mom could bring herself to use one!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Maybeads said...

So nice to meet you, Toby! Your soaps are little works of art - never saw such detailed soap! What a fun event this is - I love seeing all the doggie icons.

The OP Pack said...

Those soaps are really cute - nothing beats homemade soap!!

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Gnomebody said...

Hi Toby!
AUGGIE: You're one good looking dude! Almost as handsome as me!

RILEY: Whatever - it's so nice to meet you Toby. Good luck with all your training!

MOMMY: I really like those soaps, I could never use them, they're too pretty!

Sniffs & Licks,
Auggie & Riley

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! COOL Soaps. I don't think I'll use it if I WIN it ... it's a keeper to just display n admire like an artwork. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anonymous said...

coool soaps toby!! I would love to win those!!

wags and licks

K9friend said...

The soap is too beautiful to use!


Martine said...


You are so cute!! The soaps are so cute, almost too cute to use!!!!

xo martine & the kiddlets

Nubbin' Tails said...

Hi Toby~

I found you from Dory. I love your give away. We are giving away stuff too so come check us out!


Mr. Nubbin'

Wonky Girl said...

Fun give-away, the soap looks yummy.
So wonderfull there are folks like you who will raise guide pups. I would be so sad when they go. We foster and it's always a happy/sad day when they leave.
WonkyGirl mom of six SP's, one mini-poo

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

Hey Toby- what cool looking soap! I would love for my mom to give me a bath with it!

Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog

Olive said...

That is a wonderful giveaway!!! They are beautiful too...

Thanks for entering mine as well!!

Licks from me!!


Nuthatch... said...

Great giveaway. Mom has very sensitive skin so she appreciates the handmade concept :)
We used to know someone who trained Siberian Huskies as guide dogs in California. Very cool occupation.
We're doing giveaways for GABE as well. Drop by and visit.

CreekHiker said...

OMG! That is the cutest soap I've ever seen! We hope you'll visit us on the GABE tour too!

Piappies World said...

Hi Toby,

Good to know you are doing GABE. What exciting giveaway you have there.

The soaps are very pretty! Such a work of art, really.

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

3 doxies said...

Finally some soapie that CAN'T be used. yay! It's waaaay to pretty to be used.
I so sorry to know you be leaving shortly...I just found you. Oh I sad now.
PS your raiser has got some seriious talent...etsy, baby!

Yoda & Brutus said...

Wow, that soap is pawsome!

It is so nice to meet you! We are meeting alot of new pups because of GABE :)

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Hi Toby!!! What GRRRREAT giveaways!! We're so glad that you are our new friend! We are just loving GABE!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

LUCKY LUKE said...


Fank you so much for stoppin by blog. This is exactly why I love the GABE, on a counta now I get to know some fing about your life!

Wow. A guide dog in training. That is just awesome. It really is, and I can't wait to know more.

You have a furry special raiser. I can tell you that. It take lotta love to do what she is doin... and wow, her goat milk soaps are just gorgeous (you know, I say that in a macho dudely sorta way)!

Fank you again!

wishin you lots of luck wif your guidin, wif love from the Luke

Samantha said...

Ooh wow! Real soap!! Very cool! So nice to meet you Toby! So nice of your raiser to take care of you for all this time too!

Ro said...

I'm finally remembering to enter. I've never used goat's milk soap before. Sounds interesting, though I never win anything haha!

Tabatha and Tracker said...

oooh we want to be entered!! So we are so late getting this entry in!!

Tabatha, Tracker, and Melody

elbouwii said...

hi toby :D
thank fur visting our bloggy and you are in our fuuuurrriendslist :)

well fantastic that GABE do you think?
that soup woooow that so coool
very very cool is ART! superduper

El'bow & Hauwii

Stella and Pals said...

You are so awesome for being my first follower. I wish you were going to be around longer. Mama says you are going to be so super-fantastic at your new job. She was friends with some doggies in training once and she says you sound *really* smart.
We're sending you lots of good vibes for your upcoming adventure (and your raiser's!) We've also decided to play a part in GABE so make sure and stop by tomorrow-ish.

Peace Out!

Bella the Westie said...

Nice to meet you Toby, I love your blog and will follow it.
My Mum loves the soaps and I think the best thing about GABE is that everyone is a winner because you make new friends and that's the most precious prize !
Love, Bella

Ludo van Doggy said...

Pleased to meet you!
Those be the prettiest soaps I ever seed!
~lickies, Ludo

Ellie 12PD10 said...

Your soaps are really neat! Love to be apart of the contest :)

Megan, Paris & Fullerton said...

I love it, how cool is that? Well done!

Dog Foster Mom said...

Hi Toby, its nice to meet you. I really admire the job your Raiser does in getting you ready to be a guide dog.

Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Toby
Your raisers soaps are beautiful. What a great giveaway.
Love Ruby & Penny

Anonymous said...

OREO & I are happy to participate in the GABE event!

If we win, Oreo & I would like for you to please donate the value of those beautiful dog mold soaps as a gift to a shelter dog!!! THANKS

Ruby's Raiser said...

What beautiful soaps, you are very talented. :)

JD and Max said...

Hi Toby - oh, this is exciting! Very generous of you to host, shame you won't be around to pick in pupson but such an exciting new life awaits you!

Lovely soap - we say it looks too good to use. (Mind you - we will ALWAYS say that about soap, bearing in mind what it usually involves, he he he!)

Big schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

ocmist said...

Grrr... Blogger just ate our comment! Try, try again...

We, too, are very sorry to hear that we won't get a chance to really get to know you, but we are sure that you will find a wonderful, loving life with someone that you will serve well. Grammy says that she really appreciates your Raiser, and the work/love she has put into you to bring you to this place. She worked 18 years with Special Ed. children, and knows how much some of them need the independence offered by your work.

Grammy LOVES goat milk soap (Lavender especially) and thinks those your person makes are really cute. We want to enter so that we can win this one for her. The Corgis from Corgi Country.

Samantha said...

What a pawsome give-a-way and how awsome is Twinkie's GABE! You are so talented to be able to make those - when mama was furry young, she remembers a lady who used to make all her soap from lye - (but she had to stand back and just watch heheh!) Wonderful!
Big Hugs xo

Oskar said...

What a wonderful blog. My mom person has considered raising a guide dog too. We have a place very close to us in Troy Michigan called Leader Dogs For The Blind.

We would love to win those wonderful soaps!

Please stop by my blog and enter my GABE giveaway!

Bunta + Yumi said...

It's so nice to meet you!!

I'm glad to hear tha your raiser has been to Japan and loved it.

And, what a beautiful soaps!
We love them!!!

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

WOW, those soaps are beautiful!

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Your raiser Mommy sounds really nice, and I think those soaps look real cute. Are they for dogs? Labs are prone to dry skin, so do they help with doggie dry itchy skin. If they do, my Mommy said she would order some for me.
Sally Ann

Ally, Eclipse, Teddy and Kira said...

I love the soap! They're so cute! Once I get some money I'll be sure to order some, and very cool that Southeastern is going to try them in the giftshop! I hope they do fantastically!