Monday, February 28, 2011
But I REALLY hope you guys missed me, you did... right??
Please note the title on this post "A (QUICK) Blast in the Past" - that means the "blast in the past" will be QUICK. Wanna know why??
Because it's NOT about me :( I told my raiser, if this post isn't going to be about me... it better be quick. So she promised it would.
BUT, before I continue on with "A (QUICK) Blast in the Past" - I'm reminding all you guys out there, that my Valentine's Giveaway, ends TOMORROW! You just have to leave a comment (on that post) if you want to enter... so make sure to ENTER before it's to late!
On to the QUICK, (very quick... and nothing BUT quick) blast in the past...
If you remember correctly, my raiser did promise that she'd post some more pictures of "Al ", the dog she had during the 2 week puppy swap. (since she didn't have time to let Al post all the pictures).
The pictures in this post, are of a shopping trip... to Mary Joe's. My raiser & Al had to pick up a couple things, so off they went to Mary Joe's.
So the pictures below... are NOT of me, sorry!
I do hope you enjoy the pictures below, and I do plan on posting pictures of ME, furry soon!
Don't forget that my giveaway end tomorrow!
Rudy - The dog with a blog
I think Al was trying to convince my raiser to make him some stuffies... why else would you need fabric, thread and TASSELS! (Which BTW - tassels make THE BEST chewy things)
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I decided on bringing some very tasty drinks...
And we even brought HUGE hamburgers... for everybody to share! (want some...)
Updates AND new pictures of me, coming furry soon - and for my followers that have no idea what this "banquet" thing is... that's fine :) It took me a lot of other blog post reading; to even figure out what I was suppose to do! (Thanks Frankie!).
Rudy - The dog with a blog
Friday, February 25, 2011
For all my current readers, you know that Rudy has been participating in a "puppy swap" in our guide dog group. (for 2 weeks - all the raiser's swap dogs, which helps with the dogs training and much more!) .
Wishing Al a very happy but tearful Good-Bye - we will miss you dearly (and I know all of our furry awesome followers will too!), but we sure enjoyed the time you were here... and know you are dying to get back with your very own raisers!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
With this amazing weather outside, Rudy's Raiser has been taking me on lots of furry fun walks. (Not only to visit with animals - but down the road too!).
On our last trip down the road, I got a whole new FUN exposure... walking beside a stroller - with a baby in it! (A family member was baby sitting).
She was soo cute, but I did very well at ignoring her while we walked down the road... though I did want to give her lots of kisses :)
Rudy's Raiser thinks I'm doing much better with not pulling (as you can see in the video clips below), and she really enjoyed taking me on the walk.
She did decide to walk me in harness most of the time (I did get to do a "fun walk" - out of harness for a little while), as she wanted me to work "both styles" (in/out of harness) and I needed some more exposure with the harness.
All in all, she said I behaved very well - she did take some pictures (see below) that I hope you enjoy :)
Have a wonderful Thursday!
Al - Rudy's Brother
P.S. Rudy comes home THIS Saturday... which is when his Valentine's Giveaway ends - so make sure to stop by and enter!
Rudy's Raiser working me...
(Movie of Al & I walking down the road, Al is in harness walking beside me. We are walking away from the camera, but I then tell Al "Right about" and we then walk toward the camera - Al does very well at not pulling)
(Movie of Al (in harness) & I walking beside the baby stroller my sister is pushing - Al ignores both the stroller & baby)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
We ripped her arm off... we made stuffing come out of her neck... she has no tail...
She is now a perfect bunny... what do you think?
Al - Rudy's Brother
The tearing up process...
(Movie of Red, Liberty & Al tearing up the toy. It starts out with Al flying down the stairs - he then grabs the bunny and they are off. Please turn your speakers down... one of my family members was being a "little bit" loud - sorry!)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
For all that have missed our last few posts - Rudy is attending a puppy swap (through our guide dog group) and currently, he's away at another raiser's home.
He will return to us this Saturday (after the guide dog meeting), but for now - I have "Al" (Rudy's brother) who has been doing the last couple of posts on this blog.
So for all who wonder why "Al" is writing the blog posts... well, that's why!
Rudy will be back on the blog, this weekend.
On to the updates about Rudy...
The raiser who has Rudy for the puppy swap, has noticed that Rudy (looks to have) allergies, so we've been emailing over the last couple days. (Normally you "shouldn't" have contact with the other raiser - unless it's about medical issues). In her emails, she did give me a few updates about Rudy, and sent a couple pictures too. (Updates about Rudy's allergies, coming later - though we both assume his allergies are to corn).
I'm not going to copy her whole email in this post - but I've taken a couple parts out of the email, for you guys to see.
"Rudy is having a blast being at our house. He has made friends with the two labs across the street and has outsmarted the younger one when it comes to playing with the toy. He spent most of the afternoon outside hanging in the backyard with his new friends. Rudy was a very good boy at church this morning and slept right through all the kids dancing and singing. I am guessing he knows that Ely can’t play with him (he tried though by taking him a toy last night) but today he has not messed with Ely at all."
"I can certainly see the golden in him! (Mostly in his personality)"
"Rudy is a sweet guy and loves to be touched. He has really good house manners so far"
Those are just some parts taken out of our email conversation, I do hope you guys enjoyed the (short) update.
Pictures below are of Rudy (not Al) and were taken by the Raiser that Rudy is currently staying with, during the puppy swap.
Rudy returns this Saturday (when his Valentine's Giveaway ends). Enjoy the pictures below, have a great Monday!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Rudy's Raiser didn't "have time" yesterday, to let me do the post - but she's finally letting me today.
I had a whole lot of fun shopping last week, since Rudy's Raiser was finally feeling better (she was sick ALL WEEK) she decided it was time to get me out and work me some. Which I was quite glad about.
She worked me in many different stores - but only took pictures in the first one (so she could then have more time for working me in the other stores).
She says I behave very well in town, I'm quite calm and don't pull near as much with the coat/harness on. BUT I still don't listen well, when she tells me commands (sit/down/stand/etc) - so she has to give me many reminders... but she says we're working on that :)
I did have a whole lot of fun though, I really enjoyed getting out & about. Rudy's Raiser talked to many people; who were asking about me.
It was a very enjoyable day, and Rudy's Raiser hopes to take me out again... furry soon!
I was also going to include some updates about Rudy (he's doing VERY well) - but Rudy's Raiser is going to save that for tomorrow's post (complete with NEW pictures of Rudy... thanks to the raiser that has him).
So make sure to stop by tomorrow to hear an update about Rudy.
AND for all that haven't yet, please make sure to enter Rudy's Valentine's Giveaway - that will be ending THIS weekend.
Enjoy the shopping pictures below, next time we go out in town - I'll make sure she takes pictures in more than one store :)
Al - Rudy's Brother
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Rudy has given me the permission to write this review... as I'm his brother, he thinks I should be able to rate things just as well as he can, um... we'll see!!
Either way, I'm new at the blogging thing - but I hope to give Rudy's Raiser a fair review :)
BTW - THIS IS OUR 500th POST!!
Quantity of Output: I give her 3 paws up for this one - though she doesn't always let us do a daily post, we do post quite regularly! But once her life gets busy again... I thinks we won't be doing near as many :(
Quality of Output: 4 pretty paws for this one... we LOVE the pictures she uses for the posts, and I'm thankful she takes the time to tag each & every one of them! (for our visually impaired readers). She always has great ideas for posts, but leaves the blogging up to us!
Client Pawticipation: Oh yes, all 4 paws for this one - she tries her furry best to answer your questions - and our email is posted on our blog. We really enjoy receiving emails from you guys, and don't mind at all answering questions!
Pawticipation Part II: YES, Rudy is always allowed to take part in whatever contest/event he would like to. He's also allowed to run his own giveaways/contests on this blog... and Rudy's Raiser provides all the prizes :)
Client Satisfaction: We sure hope so... this blog centers around the training/raising of a guide dog puppy - and by the comments we receive, it sure sounds like you guys enjoy reading our blog! (Right??)
Overall Rating: I'd say around 3 paws overall, though I know Rudy would give 4 paws for everything :)
We hope you guys are enjoying our blog, we try to please our readers - answer any questions - post lots of furry cool pictures - and visit all of you guys :)
Pictures of my furry cool shopping day AND a short update about Rudy coming Monday!
P.S. Rudy's Raiser was lazy enough to copy the review picture from another blog... notice she didn't even change the date!?
Al - Rudy's Brother
Friday, February 18, 2011
Seems as though Rudy's Raiser has been using "NO NOISE" a lot lately... but not in the way you think. (Yeah, I've got barking issues... but we're ignoring that right this second).
For some odd reason, Rudy's Raiser seems to think that I don't need to be making my own noise. She doesn't like the idea of me grabbing a sterile bone, and throwing it across the hard wood flooring... just for the fun of it.
To prove that I was really throwing the bone all over the floor - she decided to take a short video for you guys:
(Movie of Al playing with the bone on our hard flooring - he picks up the bone, and throws it across the room, even though it's soo annoying - it is kinda cute! Note: it's not near as loud in the movie... as it was in person!)
Now "No Noise" is not only for barking/whining issues... it's also for bone noises. I think it's fun, but whatever.
BTW - Rudy's Raiser did take me shopping yesterday, so I enjoyed a day out in town working. Pictures coming soon :) Have a Furry Fun Friday!
Al - Rudy's Brother
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Thankfully, she took her camera out with us; so I do have a couple pictures to show you :)
I met the cutest little horse, lots and lots of goats, saw something called a "Alpaca", sniffed a rabbit, played with kitties, met the "pasture" dogs that get to stay with the goats, watched some huge horses walk past us, looked at a "llama", and I even saw some mini pigs!!
It was a whole lot of fun, I never knew my own brother (Rudy) lived on a farm! He's so lucky... I wished I had pals like that to hang out with daily. Maybe I could convince my own raiser's to buy a horse or 2??
Happy Thursday, and Rudy's Raiser told me that we may go to town today :)
Enjoy the pictures,
Al - Rudy's Brother
Note from Rudy's Raiser:
I just wanted to say a quick thanks, to all who voted for Rudy at Mango Minster. Rudy did win Readers Choice, Best In Show - and it was all because of your vote!
My nosey self, went and counted all the comments/votes later on... and (if I counted them up right) Rudy won by only ONE vote. So when I said "every vote counts" I really meant it!
Enough's about Rudy... this blog post is suppose to be about ME... enjoy the ever so cute pictures below, I do hope to show a couple more later on.
These cuties smelled REALLY good...
If you look really close, you can see 2 large horses in the background... but all those annoying goats are in the front
See how cute Flash is?? I think he's adorable, maybe Rudy's Raiser will let me in his pen next time...
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Whatever, some raiser's are just hard to work with. I don't get how Rudy ever did blogging on his own, it's like his raiser OWNS and RUNS this blog, and you have to do it all her way.
She also seems to think I need to work on better "training manners", she even made me a list:
- Quit Pulling
She is happy that I'm getting along with her other dogs, and how calm I am (most of the time...), she's looking forward to working me out in town, but due to the fact that she's SICK right now, she's yet to take me anywhere.
Monday, February 14, 2011
By the time you're reading this... I'll be off at "puppy camp" having a furry blast. I was so sad that I wouldn't be here for Valentine's Day, and really didn't want my raiser (or Al) to do the Valentine's Giveaway... so I decided to do a"Scheduled post", and write it before leaving :)
Enough about boring old news, I want to wish ALL my furry followers...
A VERY HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!
I hope you all sent something to that "special one" in your life... for me, it's my furry cool puppy raiser - and I decided to give her early Valentine's Day slobbery kisses!
Sadly though, I can't give her any kisses ON Valentine's Day, due to the "puppy swap"... but early is better then never.
And now on to the GOOD part.
My raiser decided at the very last minute, to let me do a Valentine's Giveaway. She was so late in telling me the good news... that I wouldn't have enough time to end the giveaway before, or on Valentine's Day - so instead, I decided I'll start the giveaway on Valentine's Day, and it will end when I return from puppy camp.
Wanna know the prize??
TWO furry cool followers will win...
- A Valentine's themed stuffie (complete with a squeaker and crinkly sounds)
- A "Love me, Love my dogs" bumper magnetic for the humans car (thanks to Build a Sign)
- Some tasty homemade doggy treats
Yes, you did read that right... my raiser is letting me open this giveaway for TWO lucky followers to win - and both winners will receive a doggy toy, bumper magnetic... and DOGGY TREATS!
The rules are very simple:
- Please be a follower of my furry cool blog
- To enter, just leave a comment on this post! (if you'd rather not be entered in the giveaway... please let me know in the comment)
- The giveaway opens 2-14-2011 (TODAY) and will end 3-1-2011 (after I return from puppy camp)
- If you would like to post this on your blog... that's furry fine by me!
- Wanna extra chance to win? Leave ANOTHER separate comment, with a short/long story of when you first met your pet/human (if there is more than one doggy/pet doing the blogging... you get EXTRA entries... just leave a separate comment for each pup/pet!)
See how simple those are?
As long as you're following my blog... and leave a comment, you're entered! It's that easy :)
And if you want more chances to win... make sure to leave another comment with the first time you laid eyes on your furry cool human (or pet) - or what made your parents decide to claim you as their own (adopt/buy/rescue/helping a friend).
*Giveaway ends on 3-1-2011
My raiser will be sending out reminders, and we have yet to decide how the 2 winners will be picked... but I know my raiser will let you all know on that, when she decides.
If you have any questions please let my raiser know (guidedogawareness AT yahoo DOT com), I know she's looking forward to seeing all the entries!
Happy Valentine's Day, and happy entering!
**If you do NOT have a blog for me to contact you by IF you win, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL IS AVAILABLE IN YOUR PROFILE... IF NOT, PLEASE LEAVE IT IN A COMMENT**
Rudy - The dog with a blog
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I just wanted to give you guys a heads up, that voting for "Best In Show" at Mango Minster has started... and Rudy needs your vote! (if you aren't already voting for another pup/cat).
So furry please (as Rudy would say), head over to Mango Minster and cast your vote... for RUDY :) He would really appreciate it! (Voting is now via comments - so just leave a comment on the Best In Show post, that you'd like to vote for Rudy).
*Voting ends TONIGHT (8:20pm EST)
Al is having some trouble figuring out this thing called a "keyboard" - but he hopes to be posting in a couple days.
(For all who missed the last posts - Rudy is attending a "puppy camp" & for the next 2 weeks, we have his brother "Big Al").
Hope you all have a great Sunday, and don't forget Rudy's "Valentine's Giveaway" is coming up tomorrow.
- Picture below is of Rudy, not Al.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
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!
All pictures below, are now of "Big" Al, NOT Rudy
Friday, February 11, 2011
This will be my last post... before I head off to PUPPY SWAP TIME! (if you missed yesterday's post - make sure to check it out), I will be going to the other raiser's home tomorrow, after puppy class - and will be coming back here in 2 weeks.
BUT, enough about the puppy swap... I'm going to talk about last night's puppy training (an extra training class raiser's could attend - if they wanted).
I had a whole lot of furry fun, and my raiser said I did soo good! We did many different things, but mostly worked on commands & ignoring other pups.
We also did something furry fun... we played a card game, wanna know the rules??
We had 30 or so cards laying around on the ground; each with various commands & such you can do with your dog.
Each raiser & their dog had 2 minutes to do as many cards as they could (they couldn't move on to another card, till they did the command really well).
It was very interesting, but all of us had a whole lot of fun! I know my raiser wants us to do that game again, she really enjoyed it!
I did wear my harness during training class, and it didn't faze me a bit.
I hope you enjoy all the pictures (and movies) below, and make sure to be furry sweet to my brother Al, who will be blogging here for TWO weeks.
**I will be doing a Valentine's Giveaway (starting on Valentine's Day... and ending when I return from puppy camp, the following 2 weeks). Though I won't be here on Valentine's Day... I will have a pre written post that will be published that day, and hopefully Al will make sure you guys all enter... there are some furry cool gifts!
Furry Friday Kisses, and I hope you miss me! (I know I'll miss you guys!),
Rudy - The dog with a blog
(Movie of Rudy & I doing another card, which tells the dog handler to have your dog sit, then down. Sit beside your dog, and massage 1 front foot & 1 back foot. Rudy does it perfectly)