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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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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Furry Welcome To:

Our "Name Game" winners are:

Raiser Erin
Lisa, Ellie and Hosta
Sugar the Golden Retriever
Elijah and Hobart II
A "drawing" will be done THIS week with the above bloggers and the winner of the prize will be announced on the blog.

Now on to the good stuff...
We picked up Brandon at 6pm this evening; though he's a tiny puppy he sure weighs a TON!
Brandon is a very "mellow" puppy, but that doesn't stop him from whining :) He doesn't like to sit still for long and always wants to be on the move.
I don't have many pictures yet, but I am including 2 of him in this post, just so you can see how cute he is!! I will have much better lighting tomorrow and will able to get LOTS of photos/videos, which I will then post on the blog.
I have also been told that Brandon has "runny" stool... seems like every pup I've gotten ends up coming with diarrhea. Hopefully that will be over in a few days.
More updates/pictures later, but fur now - enjoy the furry cute face below :)

Brandon's Raiser

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Puppy's Name... Is a Guessing Game *(Contest)*

The cute little bundle of joy I'll be getting THIS Sunday, finally has a name... A name that I won't be telling you guys until AFTER I receive the puppy.
But it leaves you with lots of time to guess his name.
This guessing game is a contest... and the winner (IF there is one) will receive a small prize.
**Leave comments on THIS post**

* More than FIVE letters long
* Person's Name
* The first letter of my FIRST guide dog puppy's name is the first letter of THIS puppy's name

* No more than TWO comments per person
* No more than FIVE names per comment (Total of TEN names if you post TWO comments)
* Contest starts NOW (October 25th 2011)
* Contest ends Sunday evening (October 30th 2011)
* Duplicate names are fine (more than one blogger using the same name)

Since I've not had a dog to be posting things about, we've lost a good amount of readers over the months - so please pass this contest along on your own blog and help us build back up our readers!

* Homemade Goat Milk Soap - Doggy style (for humans - but can be used on dogs)
* Hand forged Leash Hook
(More information/pictures of the prizes in a later post this week)

Rules for the prize:
*Prize will only be given away IF someone guesses the right puppy name
* If more than one blogger guesses right, those certain bloggers' names will be put in a bowl (or something of the sort) and one will be picked at random

Information on the puppy:
* Yellow Male Lab
* Will be 8 weeks old on Sunday

Sounds easy?
Well... START YOUR GUESSING and remember to pass this post along!
Any questions? Feel free to leave them in a comment.

Rudy's Raiser

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Just imagine... this blog will soon be filled with lots of updates about a furry yellow puppy... in just 1 week (almost).
What, a new puppy is coming?
Yep! That's the "exciting news" I couldn't tell you guys in my last post; since I thought it deserved to have it's very own post.
When I filled out the application to receive another puppy, I was told that it would most likely be mid November. I attended a puppy meeting the end of September, and a trainer from Southeastern Guide Dogs was there, so I decided to go ahead and ask, since my sponsors were wanting to know when I'd be getting the puppy. She said that didn't have many puppies at the moment, and any they will have, are going to people that have been waiting since LAST November for one. She said they would be having quite a few litters in January/February - and our group will most likely be getting some of those.
So I've been thinking I wouldn't have a puppy till 2012; but then I received an email last week, asking if I'd like to raise a male yellow lab, which I could get the end of THIS month (October).
Evidently the placement fell through and the puppy didn't have a raiser, since it was such last minute; all the raisers on the waiting list weren't prepared to get a puppy in just a few weeks.
I jumped at the chance, and I'm now looking forward to receiving my 5th guide dog puppy on Sunday October 30th (in the evening).
I'm still looking for a co-sponsor to help with the in home care of the puppy; so please pray that I'll be able to find one soon!
I will be heading to the State Fair tomorrow with all my dairy goats; and when I get back (with lots of ribbons!) I'm going to be getting ready for a PUPPY.
Hopefully I'll be finding out his name soon; but I'm still trying to decide if I should tell you guys the name right away - or make it a "guessing game" - your thoughts?

Once the new puppy gets here, this blog will start being updated more often (really, it will!) AND I will start visiting you guys/leaving comments... don't think that I've abandoned you :)

Rudy's Raiser

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rudy's Fourth Report Card (September)

Just received Rudy's fourth report card today; and I'm very happy to announce... Rudy has moved to phase 2!!!
Since there are only 3 phases over all - this is a huge step for Rudy, and wonderful news for me to hear!
As you can see from the comment left by Rudy's trainer... he still likes moving at top speed, and is a very "happy" dog (sounds like my boy!).
I've also got some more exciting news, regarding a new guide dog PUPPY... but I will save that for a different post.
Hope all of you are doing well, and enjoy reading Rudy's newest report card!

Rudy's Raiser

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Do you see what I see?

The guide dog school's blog has done a few posts recently with pictures of some of their dogs in the training kennel.

I'm never sure if Rudy is one of those dogs in the pictures they post - but the few photos below sure look like him!

Hopefully I'll be receiving his 4th report card in a few weeks.

I did get a "slight" update on Rudy, Tuesday evening. I got to talk briefly with one of SEGDI's trainers (that traveled up here to attend one of our puppy meetings) and, though she's not worked with Rudy on training - she did tell me Rudy was on her "feeding schedule" and he's doing good.

I'll be posting a PUPPY update shortly...

Rudy's Raiser