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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

My Furry Friends! (Feel free to join the pack!)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Furry First Fun

(My raiser says thanks to all who answered her question on how to follow more blogs - she's decided on GR - furry thanks!)

I finally got to go to my first guide dog puppy meeting 1 week ago, this meeting was also an "exposure" too!
Our group met to do some training, then headed over to ride on a bus completely equipped with a wheelchair lifter for the handicap!
I was quite excited when it came my turn to take a "ride", it was sure furry fun, and I enjoyed it! (My raiser was quite happy at how well I did)

I also get to see my 2 brothers (I have more - but they are in a different group) - and we had fun seeing each other.

This was a great meeting, and we enjoyed the 15 minute bus ride we were also given!

My raiser has been a bit busy - so sorry I haven't been posting/commenting lately, I do miss you guys!

Please don't forget to enter my giveaway - you have 'til July fourth!!

Have a furry good day, I'm off to comment!


The dog with a blog

Photo of some of the dogs in our group doing obedience
Photo of Rudy and I going on the wheelchair lifter

Close up of Rudy's cute face, he's got his tongue sticking out!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Hey Guys - Rudy's Raiser here!

I have a quick question - how can you follow more than 300 blogs?
I just clicked to follow another blog today... and it said "I follow more than 300 blogs"
and to be able to follower more... I have to QUIT following some of you guys.

Any ideas??


Rudy's Raiser
The human with a dog that has a blog

Friday, June 25, 2010

Giveaway Update

I'd like to give my furry friends a update on my first Giveaway!
(If you haven't already - please make sure to enter my giveaway!)

I've had some of my friends ask how I plan on choosing a winner for my giveaway.

At first I planned on putting all the names in a bowl and I'd get to sniff out the winner, but my
Raiser doesn't care to right down 60+ names!
So... I've decided to use Random.org and pick TEN winners... and out of those TEN I'll then put their names on paper, put them in a bowl... then pick the real winner :)

Like my idea??
I sure hope so - because you could be my giveaway winner!

Also note:
I did ask everybody to leave separate comments for each extra entry - some bloggers did, some didn't.
So my raiser has gone (and will keep going) through ALL the comments on the giveaway post, she started a word page - and so far has 70+ entries in the giveaway!! (note that is 70 entries - not 70 bloggers).

Don't forget to stop by giveaway post and enter!!
Furry Friday Kisses to my Furry Friends!!

The dog with a blog

Photo of the very cute polka dot duffle bag - which is what the giveaway is for

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thank You CSN Stores!! (and another reminder to enter Rudy's giveaway!!)

(Written by Rudy's Raiser)
I have been offered to do another review for CSN stores. With me being able to pick the product I'd like to review. This time around I've decided to search some of their different online stores (they have over 200!).
So I've been looking on their online Dining Room store, as I've been wanting some newer bar stools.
Then I hoped over and started looking at some cute aprons. (To use when I'm cooking Rudy his awesome dog cookies!)

I haven't decided what I'm wanting yet, but in the next couple days I'll most likely be ordering from them!

I LOVE CSN Stores, they have a great selection on EVERYTHING!
Most of your probably know I (and Rudy) already did a review on some of their products this month, but we evidently got them some traffic... enough for us to be offered yet another product to review, Rudy and I are both excited, as we love getting packages!!

Also, please note that Rudy is doing his first giveaway - if you haven't entered already, please hop over and enter! The item he's giving away is FROM CSN stores!! (very cute polka dot duffle bag)

Rudy's Raiser
The human with a dog that has a blog

Monday, June 21, 2010

Rudy's FIRST Giveaway!

That's right, Rudy's GIVEAWAY is here!!
I've put it off long enough.... It's Time for:

Remember the products I reviewed a couple weeks back?
My Raiser ordered the totally cute "mini" polka dot bag for me... AND ordered 1 extra one for me to do a giveaway with :)

I've been soo busy I've not had anytime to do the giveaway, but things have settled down a "little" and she gave me the "okay" to do the giveaway!

I'm so excited, as this is my FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY!

My Raiser said I could do it however I wanted, so here are the furry good rules to the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment on THIS post and you'll be entered in the giveaway
(Please make sure you leave a email address in a comment - or have it available on your blog)

2. (if wanted) try and earn a couple extra entries by doing one of my "bonus entries"

3. Watch my blog to find out if you win!
Since I want to give you guys more than 1 chance to win - feel free to do 1+
1. Follow My blog (1 extra entry) - you can be a new follower or an old follower
2. Put Toby's "pawprint award" (picture below) on your blog - and link it back to our blog (2 extra entries)
3. Leave 3 comments on 3 other posts that you haven't already visited/commented on (2 extra entries)
4. Blog about my furry cool giveaway (5 extra entries)
(please note for each extra entry you need to leave a separate comment - otherwise it won't count. So if you put Toby's "pawprint award" on your blog you leave TWO comments not one).

So just leave a comment on THIS post if you want to win... and do a couple extra bonus entries if you want a better chance of winning!
Any Questions? Feel free to email me! (guidedogawareness AT yahoo DOT com)

**This Giveaway ENDS on July 4th at midnight**
(note: Their will be a delay in shipping - as we have another farm camp right after July 4th)
Thanks and good luck!
The dog with a blog

Picture taken from CSN site - duffle bag has 2 front pockets, 2 side pockets and has blue, orange, green dots through out it. Too cute!

Picture of Rudy sniffing his bagIt's Rudy approved!

Picture of Toby's pawprint stone. Which has his pawprint in it, and also his dog tag.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Last Days with Sparkie

My Raiser uploaded the last couple pictures she has of Sparkie and I together, we sure had lots of fun! Enjoy the pictures below :)

Farm Camp was earlier today - I enjoy it when my Raiser takes me out to play, 15 more people to play with!
I hope to get some pictures of me getting loved on by the kids tomorrow.
Thanks so much to all who keep commenting on my posts - I haven't had a chance to comment/visit ANY of my furry followers, and I miss you SOOOO much!

Since I don't have any time to visit you, I'm sending furry kisses your way!!
2 more days of Farm Camp, I'm off to get a good nights rest!

The dog with a blog

Photo of Sparkie and Rudy in a sit-stay in coat staring at the camera Such cute sit-stays!

Photo of Sparkie's head - he's asleep and soo cute! The best place to sleep!

Photo of Sparkie and Rudy in a down in coat, both are sleeping! Aww.... we are soo cute!

Photo of Rudy laying with Sparkie, both are staring at the camera - but Sparkie has a glowing red eye Picture perfect - except Sparkie ruined it with his "glowing" eye!

Photo of Sparkie and Liberty watching Rudy playing under the couch I enjoy hiding from them...

Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm Alive!

Made it through the first day with "Farm Camp" AND my Raiser is letting me post, too cool!

Since my Raiser was outside too much of the time; I had to stay in the crate :( But I slept through the whole thing and she did let me meet some of the kids later on!

Once Farm Camp FINALLY left, I got to go on a car ride... to?
The VET.
Yep, I was taken to the "Dreaded Doctor" - or that's what everyone else says -
Wanna know something??
I LOVE THE VET!! He's the best in the world :)
(I was taken since I've had some diarrhea issues - but for now I'm doing good).

I also got myself weighed, I'm a good heavy dog at:
24 pounds!!
(I weighed in at 19 pounds on my first vet visit)
I really hope in the next week I can visit all my furry followers, but fur now you'll just have to do with this - and the giveaway I'll be doing soon!
Enjoy the couple pictures of me at the awesome vet, and "hopefully" I can post tomorrow - if time allows.
Love you guys, and thank you SO MUCH for commenting on my blog - even though I haven't been able to comment on yours :)

The dog with a blog

Photo of Rudy in a sit-stay on a table at the vetPicture of Rudy in a down-stay on the vet table - his back leg is hanging off the side...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Will You Miss Me??

I may not be on blogger much this week... As my Raiser has "Farm Camp" each day this week. (15 kids ranging from 9-14 come to our farm each day...)
So... I won't have much time for blogging :(
I WILL try to convince my Raiser to let me do a couple posts this week - but who knows if she'll even have time to login on the computer!
But I will try everything I can, just know I'm not leaving you forever!

Sparkie left me yesterday, we had soo much fun together and he then had to up and leave :(

Oh well, he said it was time for him to go back home - I think he really just didn't want to hang around me anymore.

On a brighter note, my Raiser did get many pictures of us (!!) AND we have a puppy meeting coming up this Saturday, so I'll get to see Sparkie again!
Since my Raiser is already really tight on time, pictures are coming in a later post (sorry!). But fur now...
I LOVE YOU GUYS!! And really hope you miss me!

(Please note that I DO still plan on doing the giveaway - but due to my raiser having no time, it will be waiting a week or 2 - sorry!)
The Dog With A Blog

Friday, June 11, 2010

He's All Grown Up!

After receiving the report card for Toby yesterday, I went out to get the mail.
Coming back inside with something from SEGDI!
I was so excited, knowing it was "hopefully" going to be a picture of Toby in harness.

Was I right??
The picture looks great, and he looks so good in harness!
Also enclosed with the picture was a certificate for my puppy raising days with Toby.
I still miss him (really badly), but I know he's doing good down there.


Rudy's (and Toby's) Raiser
The human with TWO dogs that has a blog

Picture of Toby in a sit-stay wearing a harness. He looks very grown up! The back ground is grass and a sidewalk down at the school
Certificate says: Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. Presents This Certificate Of Appreciation. To: (me).  For Raising Guide Dog Puppy: Toby

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Toby's second report card!!

Just received Toby's second report card!
Sounds like he's doing well and he has been neutered.
Attached below his his recent report card - please view larger if you'd like to read it :)
I'm very proud of my boy and he's doing much better in training then last time. Some places he needs to do a little better, but I'm still so happy!

(Update - just got mail, Toby's harness picture taken at school enclosed!! Post coming tomorrow)

Toby's Raiser
The human with TWO dogs that have a blog

Picture of the report card from Toby's trainer down at the school. He got mostly a plus for each thing (which is great), and only got a W (working on) in a couple

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

An Elephant is HUGE & Snakes are SCARY!

Yesterday morning was when Sparkie showed up.
Yesterday night was when...
We met an Elephant, saw a boxing Kangaroo, a huge snake - and watched a performance.
What was it?

A mini circus!
My raiser happens to be friends with another teenage girl her age - who just so "happens" to be part of a traveling circus!!
They only see each other once or twice a year - but always keep in contact!
My raiser's friend's family owns a huge Elephant - so all of my raiser's dogs get to "meet" an Elephant!
Yesterday, Sparkie and I both got to "meet" her - (My raiser kept us at a safe distance).
Though you couldn't get picture during the performance (and my raiser had 2 dogs most of the time!) she did manage to snap a couple pictures of us - so make sure to see them below!

During the performance, while they were doing a clown act we heard a noise. The noise was apart of the act, but man was it loud! (My raiser said it was even louder than a cannon!) Sparkie slept right through it and I woke up - but then went right back to sleep.
My raiser said we did so very well!

I hope you enjoy the pictures and the giveaway post will be coming (hopefully) this week!

Rudy & Sparkie
The dogs with a blog

Photo of Sparkie in a sit-stay wearing his coat and Rudy is in a down-stay wearing his coat. Behind them both is the Elephant

Photo of my friend and I with the dogs. Rudy is in a down wearing his coat and Sparkie is in a sit wearing his coat
Picture of Sparkie and Rudy in coat.  Sparkie's sitting, and Rudy is... coming towards me!  Behind them is the Kangaroos
Photo of the back of Sparkie's head, he's staring at the Kangaroos (which you can see 1 in front of him)
Photo of Sparkie in a down-stay in coat sleeping
Photo of Sparkie in a down-stay in coat.  Behind him you can barely see a 1 day old pony

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sparkie Who?

Sparkie is a 9 month old male black lab... who's staying with us for the WHOLE week!
He's another guide dog pup from our group. (His raiser had to go out of town last minute - my raiser offered to sit him).
So you will be seeing many pictures over the next couple days, with not one but TWO black dogs in them :)

The giveaway post will be coming soon... if I can get my raiser to help me, but she's awfully busy right now!

**Also... I'd love for you to meet: Al - he's my brother and also has a blog. He'd love some more followers and friends.
So please make sure to drop over and say hi!**

I have a very exciting post coming tomorrow... it involves a Elephant, Kangaroos, some loud nosies and much more!
I'll try to visit you guys in the next couple days, I may not get to all of my furry friends though - as my raiser is allowing very little blogging time :(
Hope you enjoyed the post- don't forget to visit my furry cute brother!

Rudy & Sparkie
The dog with a blog

Photo of Sparkie and Rudy both in a down-stay wearing their coats - they looks soo cute together!!

Photo of Sparkie trying to get Rudy to play with a toy
Photo of Rudy in a down, he's staring behind him at Sparkie who's standing up in the background

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Blog Hop and PACKAGES!! (giveaway too!)

*(Saturday blog hop - don't forget to enter - find out more details - here.)*

I've only been with my raiser for (almost) 2 weeks - and I've already received TWO packages in the last couple days!!

Remember the post my raiser did a couple days before I came? (A post about a up coming review she was offered to do!!)

Well, she was given a $60 gift certificate to any of their 200+ online stores! And she could pick whatever she wanted to review :)

So... the items she ordered came yesterday and today!!

She ordered me my own (really cool) rubber dog toy - AND my own travel bag!!

She ALSO ordered herself a rolling travel bag!

Want to know something else??
I convinced her we couldn't leave my awesome blog friends out... so I got her to order another item... the exact travel bag she ordered me!!
Which means... a GIVEAWAY FOR YOU GUYS!! (Giveaway post coming soon...)

I'm really glad my raiser decided to do this "review" type thing.

I'll tell you what I think of the products and service:

Treat dispensing dog toy,

Shaped very oddly - but makes a fun toy for us dogs to play with. The treats are "somewhat" hard to get out - at least for a 10 week old pup :)

With it's shape, the toy is very hard to destroy. Which makes my raiser real happy.

Overall, I'm real happy with the toy - check out the toy online and order yourself one!- my raiser was also happy it came with free shipping!

Photo of Rudy's new toy beside the packaging it came in

Mini Duffle bag,

My raiser is always going on short trips and decided it's time to order me my own travel bag. When she came across this cute bag she HAD to get it!

I can't wait to go on a trip now - with all my stuff in that bag I'll be the best dog around!

The service was AWESOME - and the shipping was very quick, we ordered the stuff just last week... and our items were shipped out the first of June - we received the bags THIS week!

Make sure to stop by and enter the giveaway in the next couple days - you can't miss out on winning the bag!

Hope you like the "review", enjoy the pictures of my awesome new products!!


The dog with a blog

Photo of Rudy looking in side the polka dot duffle bagRaiser... are you sure this will fit ALL of my stuff??

Photo of Rudy sitting IN the mini polka dot duffle bag - yes I put him IN the bag! Guess so!

Photo of the orange odd shaped toy in front of Rudy - who cares NOTHING about the toy :) It's a "little" big

Photo taken of Rudy's dog feed in the toy But look - my dog food!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Such a Friendly Guy

That's me!
Last week my raiser took me to an "adult day care" so I could visit some people and give them lots of puppy kisses!

My raiser said I did "sooo good", but I just slept through it all... so I don't remember much!
All I know is: The people loved me - and I enjoyed it!

My raiser say's I'm such a calm little puppy and she can't wait to take me to another "adult day care" type place!

I say - as long as she takes me by PetSmart each time to pick out a goodie for being a good boy, I'll go any day!
(We went to PetSmart on the way home from the adult day care center).

Enjoy the couple pictures below, if you can handle my cuteness...

And I'm off to visit some of you guys and get caught up with reading your posts!!


The dog with a blog

Picture of Rudy doing a great sit I'm doing such a lovey sit for my raiser!

Rudy snuggled up on a lady's lap - he's sound asleep, and the lady's hand is on his headThis IS the life!
Picture of Rudy laying on a lady's lap, Rudy is licking another person's handHe gave me a hand to lick - how sweet!
Picture of me holding up Rudy so a lady could pet himShe loves me, look at that smile!
Picture of me holding Rudy in petsmart.  I'm wearing the same shirt that I wore when I picked up/dropped off TobyMy raiser even took me to PetSmart to pick out a gift for being such a good dog!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

All about ME game

Want to learn some more about me?

Well, read this post and check out the pictures at the end - and I'll take you "behind the scenes" to learn more about... ME!

For the following things about me I will be giving some choices (answers will be posted at the bottom), feel free to guess which one you think it is... then see if you're right!! (Make sure to leave in a comment, how many you got wrong/right! No prizes - but hey, we can have some fun! Don't cheat though... What you guess, is what you guess!)

Note that the choices below are only SOME of the things I like/do, I just chose 3 things to list - but I do love other things that aren't listed.

Lets see, first off:
1. My favorite treat of the following 3 is...

A. Carrots

B. Ice Cubs

C. Dog Food

2. My favorite outing of the following 3 is...

A. PetSmart

B. WalMart


3. My favorite sleeping place of the following 3 is...

A. My Dog Bed

B. Liberty

C. Air Vent

4. My favorite place to hide of the following 3 is...

A. My crate

B. Under the table

C. Under the couch

5. My favorite thing to do of the following 3 is...

A. Sleep

B. Get petted

C. Run/play

6. My favorite kind of toy of the following 3 is...

A. Homemade rope toys

B. Flat Stuffies

C. Sterile Bones

7. My favorite time of day is...

A. Morning

B. Afternoon

C. Night


8. My least favorite thing to do of the following 3 is...

A. Come face to face with a large goat

B. Come face to face with a bunny

C. Come face to face with a horse

9. My age is...

A. 10 weeks

B. 10 weeks 1 day

C. 10 weeks 2 days

10. I've been in training since...

A. Sunday May 23rd 2010

B. Tuesday April 27th 2010

C. Wednesday March 17th 2010

Got your answers written down?? NO changing them.

The REAL answers are: (I put the reason beside each answer)

1. B - Ice cubs are close to my fav treat - as they will melt if I get bored of them, skid around the floor if I want to play, or keep me cool on a really hot day!

2. B - Wal-Mart is close to my favorite outing since I get to ride in a buggy - no walking!

3. C - The air vent is the BEST place in the world to sleep on!

4. B - Under the couch is a awesome hiding/playing place - no one can ever find me!

5. A - I love to sleep - that's my favorite thing in the whole world!

6. C - Sterile bones are great, even better when my raiser puts some peanut butter in them!

7. B - Afternoon is my favorite time - as my raiser is (most of the time) inside and can spend time with me

8. A - The large goats here don't care to much for dogs - so I try to keep away from them (though the baby goats love me!)

9. B - Everybody should know my age - you better have gotten right! (I turned TEN weeks yesterday... so I'm 10 weeks 1 day)

10. C - My training starts when I'm born - not when my raiser gets me. From the minute I'm born I've already started something... pretty cool!

Did you learn anything new about me?

I sure hope so!

Please make sure to leave a comment with your right/wrong answers, I'd love to see what you guys guessed!

I hope this "all about me game" taught you some cool facts about me... make sure to join me when I do a "all about me game" again later on!

Enjoy the cute photos of me, I'm looking forward to seeing how many things you got right!


The dog with a blog

Picture of Rudy wearing his coat in a sit-stay in front of a white rocking chair
Picture of Rudy and my piano teacher togetherPicture of Rudy in a down-stay sleeping inside Ruby Tuesday's
Picture of Rudy in a down-stay in coat, taken from his level
Picture of Rudy in a sit-stay wearing his coat in the grass - he has his mouth opened (panting) and looks so cute!
Picture of Rudy sitting in the driver's seat, with his paws on the steering wheel Look mom - 2 paws!