About Me

My photo
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

My Furry Friends! (Feel free to join the pack!)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Da Good News About ME

(Really, really, really good news!!)
As most of you know, I'm in training to be a guide dog for the blind, which means... I will be leaving my raiser one day, to head back to the school for future training.
I came into this cool home in May 2010, and (at first) my raiser thought she'd have me for (around) 1 1/2 years... but she found out, back in January 2011, that the school has started taking pups back early (no idea why) - which would make my IFT date be this coming April.
My raiser has been expecting a IFT email soon, and every time a new email from our AC comes in... her heart skips a beat, wondering if this is the email - then she'd start having to plan on returning me to the guide dog school.
But she was SOOO excited (and surprised) to find this email from her AC in her inbox:

Subject: We are NOT on the April IFT list

Email: Have no word on May yet – but it looks like this litter will be with us until at least late May/June timeframe.
My raiser was very glad to hear that I'm NOT going IFT in April, and I agree with her :)
So you guys are stuck with me for another couple months, enjoy it!!

BTW - for anyone who's thinking about asking this question:
"Will your raiser get another guide dog puppy, and if so -when?".
At this point, due to some "financial" issues, my raiser may not be able to raise again (seems as though, guide dog puppies cost a lot to raise/care for...). But since I'm staying with her, a couple months longer - she hopes that things will work out, and if so - she may plan on getting a puppy after I return (around) June 2011. It all depends on how much "green papers" she has :)
She will keep us update to date on that situation though... and if all else, Liberty (my Raiser's English Mastiff) can run the blog for a while!
Enough about that though... I'm not leaving for QUITE a while, so you shouldn't have to worry about it.

I'm still far behind on posting... I've got LOTS more interesting posts coming up, with even more good news about ME.
But fur now... enjoy the pictures below, of ME! (My raiser decided to take me out into a empty goat fence... and let PLAY and RUN in it! And she took many pictures, just for you).

Rudy - The dog with a blog

If your tongue hangs out while you run... it's double the fun!Close up picture of Rudy running - and he has his tongue hanging out

Picture of Rudy running in the fence
Picture of Rudy running (though it looks like he's flying through the air!) in the fence - you can see a goat in the background of the picture (she's in another fence)

Picture of Rudy running in the fence
Picture of Rudy turning while running... he looks like a greyhound!
Picture of Rudy trotting in the fence, in the background (in another fence) there is 3 goats watching him


Amber-Mae said...

That's awesome news, Rudy! We wouldn't want you to leave Blogville so soon either. Love those pictures of you running around. You look so happy!

The Musketeers said...

Woah! That's real GOOD NEWS!!! Great pictures! (Y)

Frankie Furter said...

This is grrrrrreat news... fur US and fur YOU!!!

Wilma said...

Yay!! Rudy, this is great news. Your pictures look like you are jumping for joy.

Jess the Dog Shopper said...

Yay, we get to keep Rudy online a little longer!! It'll be a very big loss for the bloggie-sphere when Rudy does return...but it's great that he'll be out there doing his new job! We'll just miss him! From the happy face photos, it looks like your just as excited about your sticking around as we are, Rudy!

rottrover said...

YAY for all of us!!

Father Tom said...

Looks like a happy dance you're doing, there, Rudy!

Glad you're going to be around. I enjoy your blog!


Molly & Tess said...

Glad you aren't leaving so soon Rudy.

I love the photos - I'm sure we would get along, you look so bouncy and like Tigger's Mollys love to bounce!

My mum always thought that the Guide Dog association paid for your food and vet care - was she wrong on this one?

Jess and Glacier said...

Yay! I am glad we get you for a bit longer. :)

houndstooth said...

Rudy, I'm glad to hear that you'll be around for a while longer! You sure look like you were having fun out there in the pasture!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Zoomies fur all!


That corgi :) said...

I bet all are excited with that good news that you get to stay a little bit longer!!


Bailey Be Good! said...

Wow, that's quite the leap you've got there! So glad you'll be around for a bit longer. Thanks for sharing those awesome photos! :)

Woofs & hugs,



Whoa Rudy! I didn't know my magic made woo float too!!!!

PS- cool beans your raiser can keep you awhile longer. My heart skips a beat too...;(

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Rudy - how could you say "stuck with you" - I love hearing about your adventures!

That's great news - so nice to have you around for a while longer - although I'm sure you're excited about "officially joining the team" too! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

MadameMoiselle said...

I hope they will come back with another email to say that you can be with your raiser forever! It will be so sad when you leave.. But I am sure everything happens for a reason..


Mango said...

Aw, Rudy, we know we'll be saying goodbye to you at some point, but are kind of happy that it won't be too soon.


Alex the Cat - Feeling Beachie said...

Oh Rudy, I am so happy for you and your raiser that you get to stay a little longer. How hard it must be for you both to know you have to say goodbye. YOu both are amazing!

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

That's great news... Can't believe you've had him that long. Doesn't seem like it at all.

the booker man said...

YAY! i'm so glad you get to hang out with your raiser and us for longer!!

*happy woof*
the booker man

Deborah said...

That is good news! I was worried when I started reading this!!

Bella the Boxer said...

Hi Rudy,

I agree, play sessions are a lot more fun when your tongue is hanging out! Glad to hear you'll be blogging for a bit longer.

Bella the Boxer

Samantha said...

Great news for all of you there!!! Yay, for a while! And LOVE the pix of you running in the empty goat pen! Too cool! You are da bomb, Rudy!
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon and Ozzie

jen said...

Great news Rudy!
We need for you to stay around a little longer to learn more:)

Anonymous said...

I do not want to think about you leaving. Do you think you can write guest posts now and then and tell us how your service job is going?

I am sorry to hear your raiser could use more green papers.
I wish I knew the answer to that problem, but we'll have to put our heads together and work on it.

I enjoy your visits and will try to do better coming back to read all your big news.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Glad you'll be staying the "extra" couple of months. We have to admire anyone with the courage to take in a furry knowing it would be leaving eventually. It's so easy to get attached and so hard to say good-bye.

Amber DaWeenie said...

I don't even wants to tink bout you leavin' us. {sniff sniff}

You are really kickin up you heels in there.

ocmist said...

Sounds like a wonderful day you had running and playing by the goats, and that is really wonderful news about getting to stay longer with your raiser, too! You sure have grown a lot since we were over here last! Looking good, Rudy!!! The CCC