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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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Monday, March 26, 2012

Work Time!

Hey guys, I'm finally back to blogging! (fur now anyways...)
My raiser just wanted to make sure I was feeling my best, before I got back into the "blogging world" and she has finally given me the go ahead!
A quick update on my medical situation:
Most of my readers have seen the previous posts, keeping you updated on what's been going on with me (I spent 9 days at at Specialist - due to urinary issues I've been having - and all the tests/etc they did on me, including the results of all).
I've now been on these super duper antibiotics for 1 week & 3 days now for my UTI, each day is quite different. Some days I'll be doing great and can "hold it" for around 2 hours, but other days I have to go out every 15 minutes (my raiser is just very thankful that it's not the "every 5 min" as it was before I went to the Specialist). 
My raiser did talk with the school, and they agree (along with my raiser) that I should continue my daily dose of antibiotics, in hopes that I'll show drastic improvement over the course of the next week or so. But fur now, we are just hoping & praying that I'll stop having the issues all together :)
Back to the post now...

Our guide dog group's Area Coordinator (AC) told my raiser too try & keep my outings to a minimum for a little while, due to the fact that I'd been in a kennel for the past 9 days, I may have brought some bad habits home with me (nah...), and we wouldn't want to stress the cute puppy too much, while I'm trying to recover.
So my raiser has been very careful on how many outings she takes me on and tries not to over do it.
She's still been having me attend college classes/church with her, but is slowly building me up to more "regular" outings/etc (like shopping).
My raiser has been taking me out with her to quite a few places recently and has been very impressed with how well I'm doing (under the circumstances...). My raiser's sister tagged along to one of our last shopping trips, to not only grab some pictures of me working... but also to give me the chance to work with another person.

I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've posted, and I know my raiser did a horrible job at keeping you guys updated... and visiting all of you :)
Please continue to hope, cross paws/fingers & pray that I keep on the recovery path and enjoy the shopping pictures below!


Picture of Brandon & I doing a slow forward in "Mary Joe's" (fabric store), Brandon is doing a great job at keeping a loose leash!
Picture of Brandon in a down-stay inside Mary Joe's, with me standing beside him

Picture of Brandon & I, again doing a forward walk inside Mary Joe's - Brandon is still maintaining a loose leash!

Picture of Brandon in a down-stay beside my sister at Best Buy; they did a great job working together... with me there to distract him!


Mango said...

Brandon, buddy, sounds like you aren't out of the woods yet, but hopefully on the mend. What the heck? I sure hope you can get back to your training.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur the update!!!

Paws khrossed woo will khontinue to feel better AND get bakhk to the hard work stuff!


Two French Bulldogs said...

we will continue to keep our paws crossed for you Brandon
Benny & Lily

24 Paws of Love said...

We have missed you Brandon. We hope you are feeling better real soon. You look like you are doing such a great job in the store.

We have a question for you:
What qualifications do they look for in a puppy to determine if they have that work ethic to be a working dog?

River said...

So glad you're feeling better, Brandon! And able to get back to training work. Those UTIs are tough to get rid of--hope it will be much better this next week.

love & wags,

Amber DaWeenie said...

You be so lucky to get to go to all those neat places. Keep on feelin' better!

The Army of Four said...

We sure hope you get feeling 100% real soon, Brandon! And wow. I'd sure like to go into that fabric store! (I am my mom's Guide Dog for the Color Blind and am great at picking things out for her!)

DogsMom said...

That MaryJoe's place sure is colorful.
On the bright side (no pun intended) if your raiser can't take you out shopping she'll have more time and money to dote on you!

Tell her that taking you to one of those super fun smelling pet store places would not stress you out at all.... (hint, hint)


Thank you for the update. I hope that Brandon goes from strength to strength. Get better soon.
With love

Chicco said...

Hello Brandon, i hope you will be better soon.
Take care, my friend.
Have a nice weekend.
Woof, woof,