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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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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saying Good Bye - For a Short Time

(Written By Rudy's Raiser)
We headed out to the puppy meeting this morning (a fun mall walk), and this is also where we'd be doing the "puppy swap".
Rudy did get to do some obedience training with me first, before I handed him off to the other puppy raiser.
Once we swapped, I didn't see Rudy until after the puppy meeting ended (we went off in small groups - and wandered the malls). The dog I have for the following 2 weeks (Al, Rudy's brother) is HUGE (maybe that's why he's called "Big Al"...), and the guide dog harness had to be loosened drastically, before I could even try and clip it around his belly!
Putting aside Al's hefty weight, he's a great dog, (well, he does have issues in some places - which we are working on, but he does enjoy working).
Al does look quite like Rudy, but they are totally different with training & such! (Rudy likes to do his commands, right on the spot, when told. Al has to "think about it" before following through with the command!), I'm eager to see what Al can do, and I'm looking forward to working him tomorrow, and introducing him to the farm animals!
I can't what to find out the odd habits he may have, it's quite interesting having the brother of the dog you're raising!
I will be sending out a reminder tomorrow, but (if you have time), furry please head over to Mango Minster - and vote fur Rudy (who made it into Best In Show... by winning first in his category!), Rudy would just love to win Best In Show. We thank you for your vote :)
And don't forget - Rudy's VALENTINE'S GIVEAWAY is coming up this Monday!
Enjoy the pictures below, and please note that the first THREE pictures are of Rudy (with me)... NOT "Big" Al (Rudy's brother).
Have a great weekend!
Rudy's Raiser


Picture of Rudy & I doing a forward walk, Rudy is in harness
Picture of Rudy (and other pups beside him) doing a sit-stay, all the raiser's are at the end of the leash - in front of the dogs (including me)

Picture of Rudy in a sit-stay beside me

All pictures below, are now of "Big" Al, NOT Rudy
Picture of Al (Rudy's brother) in a sit-stay in harness/coat, I'm holding up a stuffie from
Picture of Al & Judy (They other pup in our small group) meeting the Chick-fl-a cow inside the mall
Picture of Al & I in front of a rhino statue inside the mall (Al's in a sit/stay)
Picture of Al in a sit-stay with me holding a pink cowboy hat right over his head

14 comments:

Elyse and Riley said...

Holy cow!! Al is huge!! We'll be sure to vote for Rudy at MM!

Elyse and Riley

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

WOW, he is a big dog! Big Al is certainly appropriate nickname!

The Teacher's Pets said...

It must be so rewarding for you to be a raiser but I would still find it hard to give a dog up even for 2 weeks because of the bond you two must share but then again that's why I'm not a pro like you are!
Loved the pics of Al and Rudy! You are in for a load of fun with Al, I'm sure!
Thanks for sharing your funny captions on my Silly Saturday Photo Caption Contest! They are both so good!

Mr. Pip said...

These are great pictures. Way to go Rudy for making it to Best in Show!

Your pal, Pip

Jazzi said...

WOW!! AL is BIG!! It will be fun to see the diffences!! Tell Rudy that I voted fur him!! Hope he wins, he deserves it!!

wags
Jazzi

Oskar said...

Wow, you weren't kidding when you said he was big!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Benny and Lily said...

ok, but hurry back Rudy and hello Big Al
Benny & Lily

Amber DaWeenie said...

He sure is a BIG guy. We will miss you until you return to us.

Priscilla said...

Those pictures of Rudy and Al are great! Hope to see Rudy back soon and good luck for the BIS of MM. We hope he wins!!!

Jess and Glacier said...

Have fun with Al. :)

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We infer Rudy will be coming back to you after this swap? Anyway, we just wanted to wish him congratulations for his win in the Good Ol' Dogs category and good luck in the BIS!

Jed & Abby

Sonic said...

Wow! Big Al really is big! I think he's even bigger than my friend Yanni!

Sonic

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! We felt both sad n happy ... most importantly very rewarding. Looking forward for Rudy to win the Best in Show. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Doris Sturm said...

Great photos of all the dogs and you. That is a very wonderful thing you are doing to be raising dogs to enrich other's lives. That's very commendable!