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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, November 28, 2010

Working Fun!

Hey furry friends!
Sorry I've not been posting everyday - I hope once things calm down I can get back to posting more often!
My Raiser is running behind - but she hopes to get the items she ordered (today!) in the mail soon; for the HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY I'm doing here on this blog in a week or so (it was going to be the first of Dec - but my raiser doesn't have the items yet!).
So stay furry tuned for the awesome giveaway she's doing (she will be doing TWO giveaways - one fur dogs and one fur the humans!).
My Raiser's life calmed down a little bit after Thanksgiving, so she took me out shopping (including PetSmart!), she worked me in the shops (working on not pulling, and obeying commands on the dot). She worked me for a while in PetSmart, as I have a dog distraction... really bad. We worked around some other dogs; then headed over to the cute hamsters for a distraction test; I was really wanting to play, but my raiser made me listen to her (sorry no pictures/videos - she does hope to take some shots next time though!). After I did good she put me in a sit-stay so I could watch them play, those things are soo cute!
Overall I did good; my raiser just wishes I'd calm down around dogs, but I'm still a puppy for goodness sakes! She didn't take ANY pictures shopping today, but when we go out again I'll make sure she takes some good shots of us working.
I will be updating you guys on the 2 giveaways my raiser will be doing (1 for the furry fellows and 1 for the humans) real soon.
Have a furry great evening,

The dog with a blog

Picture of Rudy's head; he's asleep and resting his head on my purse

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving furry friends!

I'd like to wish all my awesome furry friends out there - a very, very
I'm thankful for my raiser and all my awesome friends!
I spent my day enjoying the... SMELL of Thanksgiving dinner - sadly though, my raiser didn't give me any!
I did get a really huge special treat though - which was very tasty :)
I hope all of your owners gave you some special treat for Thanksgiving, and I hope your owners all had a Happy Thanksgiving too!
The picture below is what I did all day,

The dog with a blog

Rudy laying down on the hard floor in the kitchen

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Official

I had left a little hope that Toby may be able to make it into the Gifted Canine program, but evidently his allergies are to severe. I just wish they didn't draw it out in a whole 7 months - and now he's just getting adopted out.
Here's the email I received from my AC when we got back from the craft show -
"Hi *******,

We just got a message from SEGD that Toby's going to be put up for adoption…his allergies are too severe for him to be placed as a gifted canine. ******* said to tell you they'll find him a wonderful new home.

I know it's disappointing for you that Toby won't be a guide, but you did a great job raising him.

Thanks for all your hard work!


This isn't the email I like to see when I get home, I don't get why all my dogs like allergies so much, maybe it's just the Labs. I hope Toby will find a great home, and I'll be letting you guys know when I here anything on when/where he's placed.

What's really sad is - the day before I recvieved this news, I got an email from a raiser in our group who was down at the school dropping off their dog last week, and was allowed to walk an older dog. They just so happened to be given Toby - and even got a picture for me (posted below). Seeing this picture and hearing about him; made me think that he just may make it into the gifted canine program after all. Guess I wasn't right.
The raiser who took the picture for me also has a blog - feel free to stop by, the picture of Toby was also posted on their blog.
I know Toby will still be a great dog, he'll be a awesome pet for some family and we know they will love him.
Updates coming from Rudy later, enjoy the picture!

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

Picture of Toby standing, side view picture. He looks quite big (and strong!). The coloring in the picture looks very nice

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Furry Quick Update

Hey furry friends!
Sorry I've not posted in a little while, my raiser had to leave to go to a craft show (to sell her homemade soap), and furry cute me had to stay home with some of her family :(
(she thinks it would be to busy fur me!).
She will be coming home tomorrow, and when she does let me on the computer I will be posting some furry awesome pictures taken way back when we did a puppy meeting with photographers (she finally has some of the pictures they took!), I can't wait to show you the furry cool pictures - they took some amazing ones of me... and the other doggies!
Have a great blast today, I'm off to be bored and sleep, but I will be furry glad to read the comments my friends leave :)

(btw - I did hear tell that she IS bringing a special something home for me!!)

The dog with a blog

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vision Walk

Hey furry friends!
The puppy meeting last week was the Vision Walk, all us pups (and raisers!) met there to walk. It was a furry great exposure and we even saw some real working dogs too!
This was the last meeting for some of our fellow guide dog puppies (Sparkie, Cindy Jay, Bingo, Angel & Elsa). As they are heading down to the school this week for IFT (In For Training). Those were some great dogs in our group and my raiser will miss them! (Sparkie was a dog my raiser has had at our house before and she loves working with him).
I'll miss them too... but hey, we've got new pups in our group!
We did a 2 mile walk, once we finished our AC had us in the shade and we did some obedience.
My raiser said I did quite good with my obedience, and I was furry tried when we got home!
Enjoy the pictures below,

The dog with a blog

Picture of Rudy & I at the Vision walk, Rudy is in a sit-stay & I'm kneeling beside him.

Rudy & I doing obedience, he's in a sit-stay

Picture of our group doing obedience

Picture of some of our group. Our dogs are in a sit-stay beside us

Picture of us starting the walk (as a group)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gifts for Upcoming Giveaway!

My raiser is still furry busy, but is making sure to find some good items for a Christmas giveaway! She'll be letting me do a furry cool giveaway in December, more details coming soon :)
CSN stores has offered my raiser another GC to review some items from their site. She will be ordering some furry fun items for the Christmas giveaway, and maybe something for me...

She thought about getting a fun colored suitcase, (kind of like the cute duffle bag she got me a couple months ago). But she thinks she may buy some doggy items instead... !

She does want me to let all the people out there know that my raiser will be including something for YOU guys in the giveaway :) So it's not just for the dogs!
I'll be sure to update you when my raiser gives me more info... maybe I can get a couple pictures of the things she'll be using in the giveaway!
Furry Thursday kisses,

The dog with a blog

Picture of Rudy back in May 2010, sitting in the cute polka dot duffle bag I bought him from CSN stores

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Blast into the Past

Hey furry friends!
My Raiser had some time on her hands (which isn't that often!) and decided to put together a furry cool flash in the past slideshow.
To show all of our newer followers some older pictures of the dogs she raised. (she did say it will include some of me!).
So enjoy the furry fun slideshow below, it's just various pictures of the guide dog puppies she raised over the years. If you are new to our blog, then you will enjoy seeing the new faces of dogs you haven't met.
(the pictures she will be showing are only of dogs she has raised - 3 previous to furry cute me... so I make 4!)

The dog with a blog

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook
Smilebox slideshow/scrapbook of the guide dogs I've raised

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A "Soapy" Update

Hey furry friends!
My raiser has (and still is) been furry busy lately. She's been busy making her Goat Milk Soap, because she will be attending a craft show sometime soon! I've tried to help her many times, but somehow she doesn't think my cool black dog hair goes quite well IN the soap bar...
So I have to stay on the other side of the baby gate during soap making time :(
She did promise me some soap to use for a giveaway if I want... so the next giveaway I do (for Christmas) may have some of her soap in it! My raiser was given another "gift card" to CSN stores, and she decided to order something furry cool for my Christmas giveaway. I can't wait to do the giveaway now! I know all of you guys will just love it :)
Enough on soap & giveaways -
My raiser has been going into town the past couple days, and I DID go with her. We have been working on not pulling, my raiser says I'm doing much better :) She also made me "leave it" at Tractor Supply... guess the deer corn has to stay on the ground. After she told me "leave it" once, I never even looked at the yummy corn again. (though I may have been thinking about it...).

My raiser has given me some time of the computer to view some of my furry follower's blogs, hope all is well; furry fun Thursday kisses!

The dog with a blog

black/white picture of Rudy's shoulder up - he's wearing a chain collar & in a sit-stay. (photo taken during the photo shoot I did last week)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rudy's Photo Shoot

As promised, these are the pictures my raiser did during her "photo shoot" with me on Saturday. It took a little while for me to get them posted (sorry) but I furry hope you enjoy them, my raiser hopes to take me out in the next week or so - to get more (maybe in coat too!).
She published some of the pictures on this post, but to view all of the ones she took - check out the smilebox slide show she created at the bottom of this post.
Please let me know how much you furry enjoyed the pictures, my raiser really hopes you like them!
(My raiser did take the pictures with both her & I in them - she just had her camera on her cute little gorilla pod she got for Christmas last year)
The dog with a blog

Black/white picture of Rudy & I laying down, my face is resting on top of his head. The picture is taken by my gorilla pod - which is sitting on the ground, so you can see the grass very well Black/white picture of Rudy in a sit-stay, I'm kneeling in front of him and I have my right hand under his chin. It looks like I'm talking to him

Black/white picture of Rudy in a sit-stay on leash, trees are behind him and he's looking at the camera

Picture of Rudy in a sit-stay on leash, sitting on green grass - with trees behind him (on the opposite side of the road), he's looking slightly to the left

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook
Rudy's photo shoot pictures in the smile box slideshow