Pupdate: Fable phase zero

We got Fable on the puppy truck early Sunday morning without mishap. She was excited to go and started up the steps before it was our turn. Once in her assigned kennel on the truck she was more interested in saying high to the female lab across the aisle and male golden retriever next to her than in saying good-bye to us. No surprise there.

Me and Fable on the puppy truck

Our friend and fellow puppy raiser came to say good-bye to Fable on Sunday and took some beautiful photos of Fable just as the sun was coming up.

Fable – photo by Karen Fuller

Galaxy, Bill, Raelyn and Fable – photo by Karen Fuller

The big surprise that day was Galaxy’s reaction. She went with us to drop Fable off and we walked the beautiful trail by the hotel before hand. Galaxy seemed fine until we got home from church. When we got inside she stopped abruptly on the landing and just stood there like she didn’t know what to do with herself. She is adjusting and I’m learning that Fable did a great job of keeping Galaxy entertained. She has gotten herself into a bit of trouble in situations that she handled with ease while Fable was here.

Galaxy – photo by Karen Fuller

We got word that she arrived safely on the campus for Guide Dogs for the Blind in Boring, Oregon on Monday. Then we just had to wait for Thursday’s phase report to come out and hope that Fable’s name was on it. It was with the expected “0” in the phase column. Phase zero is all about adjusting to campus life and medical screenings. It can be a big adjustment to go from living in a puppy raisers home to the kennel environment. But GDB works hard to make them comfortable and happy. They get walks and play time with other dogs and kennel enrichment activities that could be anything from bubble machines to flavored ice and other tasty things.

 

 

 

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Pupdate: Fable recall

In about 36 hours we will be on the road to drop off Fable at the puppy truck for her trip to Guide Dogs for the Blind in Boring, Oregon. It has been a fabulous year with lots of ups and downs, triumphs and frustrations. While we will miss Fable’s big spirit we are excited to see what she decides to do with her life. She has huge potential to be a fantastic guide dog if she wants to be. The big question is does she want to be a guide dog. Fable isn’t the kind of dog that you can “make” do anything. If you do there will be unwanted side effects. She has been very challenging to raise and she has taught us many new tactics and strategies along the way. The rest of her litter have all been dropped from the program. They are an energetic, assertive and fun-loving bunch. At least two are doing other types of service careers. Fable has made huge progress in the almost 14 months that we have had her and she is ready for her next adventure. The house is going to feel rather empty without her. Good luck Fable! We love you and are proud of you no matter what path you choose.

Still working on Fable’s puppyhood book and her video. Despite plans to work on it each week, I didn’t ever get it done, so I’ll be working on it after she leaves and hope I’ve taken enough photos to complete both projects. It will be good therapy to work on them when I’m missing her.

 

Pupdate: Emma’s Recall

Me and Emma

I’m off in post schedule this week. I blame it all on these puppies. I’ve decided I don’t much like the two-day overlap. I’m sure it will be good but it is emotionally much harder. The key is to remember that next time I  end up with 5 or 6 months with two dogs. I think two months would be perfect but with wanting a certain letter that makes it difficult to pull off. Maybe one of these times. Anyway, we put Emma on the puppy truck to San Rafael, California today. The way I was feeling this week I thought I might get really emotional when the time came to do it. But today, I came to terms with it and saw that some things would be easier in training Fable with just one dog in the house. We had a busy morning with other commitments but I got in a quick walk with Emma before we left to meet the truck. I think that helped too.

As expected Emma was super excited to be there and see the other dogs. There were a couple of dogs transferred from Colorado for the High School program and four dogs recalled for training, I think. By the luck of the draw Emma was the first one to go on the truck but she got the upper kennel right behind the driver’s seat. She will like that, because Emma will be able to see more of what is going on. Emma was more interested in the dog treats she got for being in the kennel than saying good-bye to us. She is off on her big adventure. I think they drive to Elko today and stop for the night. Then finish the trip to San Rafael tomorrow. They are probably picking up more recall dogs along I-80 as they go.

The house is quiet without her here. It is always that way when a puppy leaves. But she is close to my heart and I’m excited to see what path her life takes from here. We won’t hear anything until it is decided that she won’t be a breeder or that she has passed all the preliminary tests for breeding and they are awaiting final tests to decide. I’ll update here when we get some news on Emma.

Pupdate: Coming & Going

Puppy Truck Countdown21Just 20 days until our new “F” puppy comes. Here is the current list of names from the naming contest. It is an impressive list of names. But there is still time to add your suggestions. Additions don’t have to be unique. This is also about guessing what her name will be, so you can “vote” for a name already on the list. If I’ve failed to credit you for a suggestion let me know and I’ll add your name to a suggestion. I see a couple that I don’t have anyone down for suggesting (oops).

  • Faberge     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabia     Minh
  • Fabian     Jan
  • Fabiana     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabianna     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabianne      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabrica     Kellie
  • Fabiola     Minh
  • Fable      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabray      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabrice      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fabulous      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Facet     Tina
  • Fáelán      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fahari     Janine
  • Fahrenheit     Tara
  • Fairfax      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fairlane     Kellie
  • Fairy     Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fairytale     Kellie
  • Faith     Jo Ann, Louise, Kellie
  • Fajita     Martha, Tara
  • Fala       Karen (Lisbon), Janine
  • Falafel      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Falcon     Janine, Louise
  • Falina      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faline     Kellie
  • Falkland      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Falla     Tina
  • Fame     Martha
  • Famous      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fancine     Laurel
  • Fancy     Holly, Randy, Karen (Lisbon), Brianne, Tara
  • Fandango     Jan
  • Fanfare     Janine
  • Fanny      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Kellie
  • Fanta      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fantastic      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fantasy      Karen (Lisbon), Tara, Kellie
  • Fantine      Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fanya      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fantasia     Donna, Holly, Laurel
  • Fantine     Kellie
  • Fara     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farckle     Tara
  • Faren     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farewell      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fargo     Toni
  • Farhana     Laurel
  • Farica     Janine
  • Farida     Laurel
  • Farina     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farissa     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Farley     Minh
  • Faro     Tina
  • Farrah     Jo Ann, Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Toni
  • Farsi     MInh, Linsay
  • Fascia     Tina
  • Fashion     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
  • Fate     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fatima      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faun     Tina
  • Fauna      Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fausta       Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faustine      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fava     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Favor        Karen (Lisbon)
  • Fawn     Donna, Kellie, Karen (Lisbon), Janine
  • Fawna     Kellie
  • Fax      Karen (Lisbon), Jan
  • Fayda     Karen (Lisbon)
  • Faydra     Kellie
  • Faye     Louise, Karen (Lisbon), Minh
  • Fayette     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
  • Fayla      Karen (Lisbon)
  • Falin     Kellie
  • Fayna     Janine
  • Feather     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
  • Febe     Minh
    February     Louise
    FedEx     Jan
    Fedora      Karen (Lisbon), Jo Ann
    Feisty      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felda      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felena      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felice      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Janine
    Felicia     Kellie, Karen (Lisbon)
    Felicidad      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felicity      Karen (Lisbon), Minh, Kellie
    Felipa      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felisha      Karen (Lisbon)
    Felita     Karen (Lisbon)
    Felix     Minh, Jan
    Feliz     Laurel
    Fema     Minh
    Fender     Marilyn
    Fennel     Karen (Lisbon)
    Ferdinand     Minh
    Fergie     Karen (Lisbon), Toni
    Ferguson     Toni
    Fermata     Jan
    Fern     Kellie, Bill, Karen (Lisbon), Janine
    Fernanda      Karen (Lisbon)
    Ferrah     Kellie
    Ferrari     Roxanne
    Ferris     Kellie
    Festal     Jan
    Festival     Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Jan
    Festive     Donna, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Feta     Martha
    Fez     Laurel
    Fianna     Karen (Lisbon), Katie
    Fiat     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fiddle     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Janine, Tara
    Fiddler     Tara, Kellie
    Fidel     Tara
    Fidela     Janine
    Fiera     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fiero     Minh
    Fiery      Karen (Lisbon)
    Fiesta     Tara, Karen (Lisbon). Laurel
    Fifa     Minh
    Fife     Tina
    Fifer     Kellie
    Fifi     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Fig      Karen (Lisbon)
    Figaro     Jan
    Fiji     Tara
    Filamena     Brianne
    Filene     Karen (Lisbon), Minh, Tina
    Filigree     Karen (Lisbon)
    Filipa      Karen (Lisbon)
    Filippa     Donna
    Filly     Karen (Lisbon)
    Film     Tara
    Filomena     Minh
    Fina     Karen (Lisbon), Meagan
    Finaky     Louise
    Finale     Janine, Jan
    Finbar     Tara
    Finder     Karen (Lisbon)
    Finesse     Donna, Karen (Lisbon)
    Finish     Louise
    Fink     Tara
    Finley     Minh
    Finn     Minh
    Finnian     Jan
    Finola      Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay, Tara, Katie, Jo Ann
    Fiona     Jo Ann, Donna, Karen (Lisbon). Kellie
    Fionna     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fir     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fireball     Tara
    Firebird     Karen (Lisbon)
    Firecracker     Tara
    Firefly     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Kellie
    Firelight     Laurel
    Firework     Tara
    Firenze      Karen (Lisbon)
    Fisher     Minh
    Fisk     Jan
    Fix     Tara
    Fizz     Tara, Laurel
    Fjord     Laurel
    Flag     Jan
    Flagler     Jan
    Flake     Kellie
    Flair     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
    Flamingo      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flan     Randy, Karen (Lisbon)
    Flame     Lindsay, Laurel, Tara
    Flannel      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flare     Randy, Tina
    Flash     Randy, Lindsay, Minh
    Flavia      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flavor     Laurel
    Flax     Tina
    Fleece     Laurel, Tara
    Fleur      Karen (Lisbon), Minh
    Fletch     Kellie
    Fletcher     Minh
    Flick     Kellie
    Flicka     Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Katie, Kellie
    Flicker     Minh
    Flickr     Kellie
    Flight      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flirt     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
    Flit     Kellie
    Flo      Karen (Lisbon), Toni
    Float     Jan
    Flora     Jo Ann, Kellie. currentdescendent, Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn
    Floral     Jo Ann
    Florella     Karen (Lisbon)
    Florence     Karen (Lisbon)
    Florencia     Karen (Lisbon). Laurel
    Florentina      Karen (Lisbon)
    Florette     Laurel
    Florianne      Karen (Lisbon)
    Florida     Karen (Viansa & Ballad), Donna, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Kellie
    Floriah     Marilyn
    Florie     Karen (Lisbon)
    Florinda      Karen (Lisbon)
    Florine     Kellie
    Flossie     Kellie
    Flouta     Laurel
    Flower     Jo Ann, Louise, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fluffy      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Flurry     Jo Ann, Kellie, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Flute     Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Jo Ann
    Flutter      Karen (Lisbon)
    Flyer     Jan, Loiuse
    Foggy     Karen (Lisbon)
    Folly     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fonda      Karen (Lisbon), Janine, Tina
    Fondant     Jo Ann
    Fondue     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay
    Font     Jan
    Fontina     Jan
    Fontaine     Laurel
    Fontainot     Laurel
    Fontana     Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fontina     Jo Ann, Kellie
    Fordham     Minh
    Forest     Karen (Lisbon), Jan
    Formosa     Karen (Lisbon)
    Forsythia     Karen (Lisbon)
    Forte     Jan
    Fortitude     Minh
    Fortissima     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fortunata     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fortuna     Jan, Jo Ann
    Fortune     Karen (Lisbon), Kellie, Jan, Loiuse
    Fountain     Tara, Laurel
    Forward     Craig
    Fossey     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fountain     Karen (Lisbon)
    Foxy      Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn
    Fraline     Donna, Laurel
    France      Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Lindsay
    Frances     Jan
    Francesca     Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Minh
    Francisco     Minh
    Francine     Tara, Randy, Karen (Lisbon), Kellie
    Francis     Karen (Lisbon), Kellie, Jan, Toni
    Francisca     Karen (Lisbon)
    Francoise     Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Franconia     Jan
    Frankenstein      Karen (Lisbon)
    Frankfort     Minh
    Frankie     Lisa, cottonthemaltese
    Franklin
    Franklynn     Katie
    Franky     Marilyn
    Franna      Karen (Lisbon)
    Frannie     Becky
    Freckles     Karen (Viansa & Ballad)
    Fred     Toni
    Freda     Donna
    Frederica      Karen (Lisbon)
    Frederick     Minh
    Fredrick’a     Kellie
    Freedom     Holly, Tara, Karen (Lisbon)
    Freetown     Laurel
    Freesia     Karen (Viansa & Ballad)
    Freezee     Louise
    French     Tara
    Frenchie     Randy
    Frenchy      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Fresca     Crystal, Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay, Minh
    Fresh     Randy
    Fresia     Kellie
    Frey     Tina
    Freya     Joanie, Karen (Lisbon)
    Frida     currentdescendent
    Friday     Louise, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
    Frieda      Karen (Lisbon), Jan
    Friend     Tara, Kellie
    Friendship     Laurel
    Frieze     Tara
    Fringe     Tara
    Frisbee     Tara, Karen (Lisbon)
    Frisco     Randy, Toni
    Friska     Brianne
    Frisky     Randy
    Fritter     Jan, Kellie
    Fritos     Tara
    Fritter     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fritz     Karen (Lisbon), Tara, Minh
    Fritzi      Karen (Lisbon), Janine
    Fizz     Donna
    Frizzle     Tara
    Frolic     Janinie, Karen (Lisbon), Holly
    Frost     Karen (Lisbon), Kellie
    Frosty     Minh, Jen
    Frozen     Karen (Lisbon), Tara
    Fruit      Karen (Lisbon), Tara

    Fuchsia     Kellie, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fudge     Louise, Karen (Lisbon)
    Fugue     Tina
    Fulani     Laurel
    Fun     Randy, Karen (Lisbon)
    Funky     Karen (Lisbon)
    Fusion     Laurel
    Futura     Karen (Lisbon), Jan
    Future      Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Jan
    Fuzz     Tara
    Fuzzy     Donna
    Fye
    Fynn     Minh
    Fyodor     Minh

Single Paw Print Countdown23Emma had her official eval today. It was planned for Liberty Park but the rain moved it to PetSmart. She has a hard time with pet stores so she wasn’t on her best behavior. She was super sniffy and some distracted. But she did fine anyway and she is on the September recall. So she will be leaving in 22 days for San Rafael, California. Our pups usually go to Boring, Oregon but for some reason this recall is for San Rafael. Banta was our only other pup to be recalled to San Rafael. While I’m excited to see what Emma decides to do with her life, I was hoping that she would be around for a few weeks to mentor miss “F”. But she is ready, more ready than Dune or Zodiac where. So there will be just two days of overlap between the new puppy and Emma, the time it takes for the puppy truck to go to Colorado and drop off baby puppies and then return picking up grown-up recall dogs.

I need to take lots more photos of Emma over the next 3 weeks and see if I can get her puppyhood book done to send a digital copy along with her on the puppy truck. Oh my, there is always so much to get done. Yikes! I’m sure they would like her end of project report asap too. Most of all we are going to miss that sweet little girl. I’ll just have to enjoying everyone of the next 22 days.

Dune: the video

I’ve been working on this video of Dune’s puppyhood for several weeks now. I stayed up late last night and got it finished off. I’m excited because it is the first time I’ve figured out how to use the custom features in ProShow Gold (the software I used). It was easier than I thought it might be. I had so much fun mixing photos and video with the music.

Now I want to make lots more videos. Too bad I just can’t spend all my time playing around. I could think of lots of videos I’d like to do. Each of my pups “need” one and then there are people videos too. Lots of possibilities. Time is the challenge.

Dune: book & phase 1

Title page of Dune’s book

Dune finally showed up on the weekly phase report yesterday in phase 1. Having been in breeder evals is the equivalent of phase 0, so it is what I expected. She is actually learning what to do to be a guide dog! Yeah. If you want to know more about what she is learning I have a post here about phase 1. For more details there is another post here.

the pre-story of Dune

I’ve been working hard on Dune’s book. Remember the plan I had to get a page done every week or so. Well I totally failed on that. I wanted to have it mostly done so I could send a pdf of it with her along with photos from her puppyhood on a DVD. But I just didn’t get it done so I just sent photos. When the dogs are in class with their new partner they will give them some information from their dogs puppy raiser include photos or CD’s etc. This give the new handler a chance to know something more about their new dog. Dune’s future handler will have to wait to get her book until graduation.

But I’ve got it done now except the couple of page that will be about her new career and graduation day. So I’m going to share Dune’s book over the next several weeks. I’ve done a book for each puppy we have raised. Here are links to their books (except I haven’t put Apex’s on-line yet, I should do that soon!):

I think Yakira’s book needs updating with some additional pages after she had a change of careers and location last fall. (Another thing for my to do list.)

I find making these books really helps me with the process of sending the pups off after having them for a year. People ask all the time “how we give them up and don’t you get attached?” I tell them we miss them but it is worth it. But doing things like the books for them helps me celebrate the time we have had with them and honors the impact they have on our lives even though they are only in our home for about a year.

I’m working on a slide show/video for Dune that should be done soon. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Pupdate – Zodiac

Zodiac has finally moved on from phase 1! Not only has he moved on but he has jumped to phase 4! I’m so excited and relieved. I was beginning to worry that he wasn’t enjoying training and/or his stubborn side was interfering with his training. Since two other dogs have showed up on the phase report with the same numbers as Zodiac, the most likely reason is that the trainer didn’t update their status for a couple of weeks.

The only thing about Zodiac that  is fine and light is his hair. He is a lab so he has plenty of hair. It is the thickest and scruffiest of all our puppies. Though as he has grown up it doesn’t seem so scruffy.