Wednesday, November 21, 2012



Actually she's going for in home training, but either way in two weeks she'll be a working guide! Usually Guide Dogs for the Blind has their students come to either their Oregon or California campus to complete 2 weeks of training with their new dog partners, but sometimes that can't work for the student generally because of a mobility problem or something similar. So the dog and a trainer from Guide Dogs goes to them. In this case Valkyrie will be traveling to Austin, TX to start her new life with her partner. I can tell you how proud I am! I also can't tell you how sad I am. The only chance I would have to see her before she leaves is over Thanksgiving break (this week), but I'm still at school in New York for the next three weeks. I'm sending Mom to see her and take pictures and things, but it's still very upsetting not to be able to say goodbye to the puppy that I was with almost constantly for a year. I'm just hoping that her partner will want to keep in touch. I'm still so torn with the conflicting emotions of immense pride and sorrow that I don't really know what to do with myself. All I know for sure is that she is going to be amazing. How do I know that? Well apart from the fact that I raised her a friend told me that a couple of weeks ago she was selected to demonstrate intelligent disobedience at the Fall Luncheon which is one of the big Oregon fundraisers that Guide Dogs puts on. Also, in the email I received telling me that Valkyrie was graduating my CFR mentioned that only dogs that are considered "bomb proof" (dogs that can handle everything and anything) go to do in home training because it would be very difficult to switch them out.

So with Valkyrie graduating and no new guide puppies in sight for the next three years the name of the blog should change a bit as not to mislead people. Let me know what you think of the change. I think it isn't drastic enough to displease anyone.

In the next edition: College life in all it's crazyness. Although the next edition might not come out until after I'm home on break.

Friday, June 29, 2012

June something: from a low angle

This blog is supposed to be about guide puppies, isn't it?

I just realized I haven't written much about Valkyrie recently so here's a hodge podge of what's been going on with her. For the past few months she's been on food protocol for being slightly nervous about heavy traffic. She shows her nervousness by racing ahead so she's been getting food for being right beside me with her coat next to my leg and the leash loose. She's been doing really well at it and I think she'll soon be ready to come off food protocol. 

She had her second evaluation back in the middle of May and our CFR is pleased with her progress.

She's had some fun outings to two different farmers markets recently and before I leave in August I want to take her to the Portland Art Museum and the Lan Su Chinese Garden (if they allow her, I haven't asked yet). Maybe I'll get to take her to Saturday Market, but I'm not sure about that one. I want to take her to Ashland with me too. I wish I could be taking her to my summer biology class, but I have lab in the middle of the day and while we aren't doing anything too gross you never know what's been spilled before that she might lie in. I've been trying to get more pictures of her on outings since I don't have many and outings are a big part of being a guide puppy. 

Here she is at the Hillsdale Farmers Market. I always feel a tiny warm glow when we walk past these signs.

She's trying to convince me that my lunch should be her lunch too.

Her first birthday was last Sunday (post coming soon), and she still hasn't come in heat which is odd but not unheard of. 

Right now she's at a puppysitters, her second puppysit of June, because I'll away. I wanted to take her with me, but a trip that had been overnight has turned into a three day production. I think she would handle it with flying colors, but I wouldn't. So she's staying home. 

And here's a cute, if yellow, picture of Kelsa too.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

June 6th: hat + the face behind the camera


Tazzi started helping

Then he got me full in the face

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 5th: sign

June 4th: close-up

June 3rd: on your plate

June 2nd: empty

June 1st: morning

I liked doing photo a day so much last month that I'll be continuing it for June.

May 31st: something beautiful

May 30th: your personality

May 29th: a number

May 28th: the weather today

May 27th: something sweet

May 26th: 12 o'clock

May 25th: unusual

Nope, I haven't forgotten about this.