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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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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My Beautiful Boy

*(Written by Rudy's Raiser)*
Hey guys, Rudy's Raiser here... I was planning on letting Rudy post today, but when I checked the SEGDI guide dog trainer's twitter page, I thought you'd rather have a "different" update.

Most of you know, that my last guide dog puppy "Toby" returned to the guide dog school in April 2010 - he was "career changed" in October 2010. (He had severe allergies, and couldn't be a working guide dog). And in November/December 2010 Toby decided to try out life as a Search & Rescue dog, and last I heard, he loves it!

I was very happy to see a picture of my beautiful boy "Toby" (in his new career uniform) on the twitter page this morning.
He looks just like I remembered him, I can't believe it's almost been a whole year since I turned him in!
For some more good news - the "3 month no contact" is almost up, and I will be (trying) to get in contact with Toby's handler next week.
(The school doesn't allow contact for 3 months, once the dog is placed in a new home - as they want the dog to "bond" with his/her new owner).
I'll be sure to update you all on him, once I hear more :)

BTW - Toby's 2nd birthday is coming up, he'll be turning TWO YEARS OLD on March 27th.
(and Rudy is turning ONE year old on March 17th!).

Enjoy the picture below (of TOBY),

Rudy's Raiser

Picture of Toby in a sit-stay wearing his service jacket, the front says Service K-9, you can see his handler standing beside him


Jazzi said...

Toby looks just handsome as ever and so glad he is still working but in another way!!


Frankie Furter said...

It is good that Toby will be able to continue his service. SIGH

Amber-Mae said...

Oh my what a handsome stud he is! I'm glad to know that he is loving his new job. Maybe we all should plan a Birthday celebration for him & Rudy?

JD and Max said...

Wow, how handsome and proud Toby looks! What a hero he is too - that is a great career, we are SO impressed. He's certainly our hero! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

♥ Sallie said...

Yay! How proud you must be!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, Toby is all grown up and what a handsome pup he IS!!! Great that you will be able to make contact. Early Happy Birthdays to Toby and Rudy.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Jess and Glacier said...

What an exciting post. I hope you can get in contact with his new handler when the time is up. :)

Benny and Lily said...

How exciting to see your last pup. We don't know how you do it. you are special to be able to keep a pup and then give them up. It must be very hard too
Benny & Lily

Amber DaWeenie said...

He just looks so proud of himself.


Doris Sturm said...

Wow - another noble profession - Toby looks so proud! I'm happy he's doing well!

Let me know when your package arrives, ok? I didn't insure it, but normally things don't get lost...

Mr. Pip said...

Hurray for Toby! What a hero!

Your pal, Pip

Deborah said...

Has it been a year already...WOW!
He looks great!

houndstooth said...

It's hard to believe it's been that long since Toby left, and he looks like he's doing great! We're so proud of him!


Wilma said...

Oh he looks so good, and proud. You should be very proud of yourself I can't wait until you get to see him.

Suka said...

hey Rudy,

Toby is one handsome pup! He looks very dignified in his rescue uniform. I bet your handler is very proud of him! What an exciting job to have. We wish him the best!

Rudy, your big day is almost here! So, are you going to paw-tay!!??! :->


K9friend said...

Handsome boy! He looks proud to be in that uniform!


Becky said...

Hi! So glad you stopped by our blog so we could come here and get to know you! So impressed with guide dogs. We will forward to following your blog! Toby is a looker in his uniform! Can't wait to hear more about him!

24 Paws of Love said...

Toby looks great! How wonderful that you are able to have any contact with him after he has a new handler. So wonderful that he will still be able to be a service dog.

Hilary said...

What a handsome guy... I love a man in uniform!

Spur said...

Mom would really like me to a be a search and rescue dog! Way to go, Toby!! I'll bet you're stellar!

Jessi said...

He looks like he is a proud dog!

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

That's awesome!
Chuck has almost the same birthday as Rudy, 1yr on March 20th!

ocmist said...

Toby looks really great and we KNOW that he will do a great job in the new career he has entered into. It is honorable work and it's great that he will continue to be able to be of service to others! The CCC

dogsmom said...

A very handsome boy and looking so professional in his uniform.

Jennifer - Southeastern Guide Dogs said...

I ran into Toby at Southeastern Guide Dogs' Walkathon and let his new handler know that he was a blogger as a puppy - you should have a new follower soon.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - how proud you must be! Toby looks so handsome in his new uniform - and it sounds like he's doing great in his new career! Can't wait till you can catch up with him in person again!

Honey the Great Dane