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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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Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy (late) Birthday Brandon! And a soon goodbye to my Sweet Boy...

*(written by Brandon's Raiser)*
I've been so overwhelmed with things lately, that I completely overlooked the fact that some cute puppy had his first birthday coming up!!
The poor puppy didn't even get a birthday celebration, or a blog post the day of his birthday... I feel like such a horrible mom for overlooking this!
Brandon turned 1yr old on September 4th (3 days ago)... I just can't believe my little puppy is already 1 whole year!
I do hope all of Brandon's wonderful blogging pals are able to wish Brandon a happy (late...) first birthday!!

On a sad note... I just received notification that Brandon will be heading IFT (In For Training) on October 13th to the guide dog school; where he'll be finishing his training, have various evaluations, temperament tests and once finished be placed in his new home (whether as a working guide dog, or another career path he may choose).
It seems like I just got my sweet, chubby puppy and to receive this news breaks my heart, though at the same time I'm extremely happy for Brandon.
Brandon will be missed, not only by me, but also by all of the awesome friends and fans he has out there...
And to answer the question that is always asked at this time (will I be getting a new puppy??)
At this point, I'm not planning on raising another puppy for a little while and will be taking a break. Though I really enjoy raising the guide dog puppies, I'm extremely busy at the moment and since Brandon was such a "challenging" dog to raise (with all his medical issues...) my family would rather have a break for a little while, before making the decision as whether to raise again or not.
This choice isn't definite, and things can always change, but for now it looks like it might be a while before we raise another pup.  I do plan on staying involved in the guide dog group and hope to remain a "puppy sitter" so I can have a "guide dog puppy fix" when needed!
This doesn't mean I'll stop blogging... after Brandon heads back IFT in Mid October I will continue to update about him, and maybe Liberty (our English Mastiff) will start blogging again!
But enough of the emotional news... and one last "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to my sweet boy!!

-Brandon's Raiser

One of my favorite pictures of Brandon as a sweet, innocent little puppy...
Picture taken at Brandon's level of him walking through the grass , with our  porch on the left side

Pictures below are of one of the most recent guide dog outings... a ice skating rink!!

Picture of Brandon (middle) and a few dogs playing on the rink 

Picture of a little black female puppy wrestling with Brandon 

A group of dogs running on the rink (Brandon's the yellow dog in the rear... I think!)

Picture of Brandon and his new girl friend

Picture of Brandon and his new girl friend getting a little hyper...


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy FURst Brandon Day!

We know woo will be sad but he'll do woo SO proud!

Hugz to all of woo fur making it happen!


Ashley Carroll said...

Happy Birthday Brandon!!!

Mango said...

Well, Mango will certainly be glad to see more of Liberty, you can count on it.

Happy Birthday to Brandon. It must be bittersweet to send your puppies off the college and out into the world, but wonderful to monitor their progress.

Mango Momma

Sam said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Brandon!

We will miss you!


The Army of Four said...

Happy birthday to Brandon!!! How exciting!
I know it has to be so hard for you to see Brandon move on to the next phase of his training - but WOW, thanks to you, he's going to make such a wonderful difference in someone's life!!!

Vader's Mom said...

Happy Happy Birthday Brandon!!!! Have fun in your new training - you'll be a star at any occupation you choose!

Chorizo said...

Happy belated birthday and Good Luck with you training. I hope that you make it as a seeing eye dog but we have enjoyed your journey so far anyway. Best of luck -- Love and Licks, Chorizo

Sarah and Pups said...

Fun on the ice! Too funny!
I too am on a break so I know how that feels. Hopefully the next month will go by really really sloooooooow.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Brandon...Wishin you the bestest 1st birthday ever! Sheesh...It's so hard to believe that you're already a year old. Seems like we were all sitting here waiting for your very first puppy pics to be published. Where has the time gone???

River said...

Happy Birthday, Brandon! What a sweet puppy you are. We will miss you too but we know you are going to be a wonderful service dog and make someone's life terrific!

love & wags,

Style said...

I will miss you so much Brandon!

I have enjoyed and will miss all the late nights of babysitting you while your mommy is at work!

kisses and hugs - your raiser's sister

Suka said...

hey Brandon,

Happy (late) 1st Birthday sweetie! You have really grown into quite the handsome dog!

I am very sad to read you will soon be leaving. I know you have to go, but it is sad nonetheless. You will be missed!


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Mavis Vermillion said...

Oh, Brandon is so cute! I think he is so energetic and a happy dog!

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