Happy Belated Birthday to Whistler – 9/18/03

I loved being “Whistler’s Mother” Click here to see Whistler’s Page

Whistler

Whistler's Mother

Famous Painting of “Whistler’s Mother”

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Petey returns to Guide Dogs for the Blind

Missing you Petey – Good luck!

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Air Hollywood – Guide Dog puppies get to experience air travel on a movie set

On Saturday, Air Hollywood made their studios available to Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies in training. About 50 puppies showed up to experience what it would be like to ride on an airplane and experience going through an airport. This studio is used for many airplane scenes in the movies. It was amazing how real the experience was – we felt what it was like to taxi down a runway, take off, land, and turbulence. They also had the jetway, the security screening along with luggage and a wheelchair, and the airport terminal waiting area. All of the puppies handled the experience very well. Sights, sounds and motion that were new to most of the pups. Thank you to Air Hollywood for sharing this experience with us.

Puppies waiting to go through security

Puppies waiting to go through security

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Guide Dog Pilot went to the Supreme Court for the Healthcare Ruling

Just heard: My Pilot was the only guide dog at the Supreme Court last week to hear the healthcare ruling!! Gary was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court a few months ago so he was able to attend because of his attorney privileges and he and Pilot were pretty close to some political heavy weights last week. I think Pilot sighed and took a nap though. Guess healthcare wasn’t too exciting for him 😉

Of course, I had to clarify and make sure I understood it right.

Yes Gary and Pilot were in the courtroom when the decision was read. Pretty exciting opportunity. Gary felt like some of the older attorneys were surprised to see a disabled attorney but all wanted to make sure him and Pilot got into the courtroom. Pilot stretched out and made himself comfortable!

Very proud!

 

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Happy Birthday Hooper – 5 years old

Wishing Hooper a very Happy Birthday. He was born on 7/3/07 to Denzel and Vonnie. Hooper now lives in Oregon. From Baby Hooper to Graduation into a handsome successful Guide Dog. I am so proud of you. Click here to see more about Hooper

Baby Hooper

Hooper’s baby picture

Hooper in Harness

Hooper in Harness

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Olvera Street by train outing for Guide Dog Puppies in Training

Today was the annual Olvera Street outing. Los Angeles Southwest Guide Dog Raisers organizes an outing where Guide Dog Puppies in Training from all around Southern California come to Union Station by train. From Union Station we walk around Olvera Street shops and many go to Philippe’s for lunch. Then back home by train. Great event for every one.

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Archie is doing well in Calgary Canada

I received a picture of Archie from Andrew.

Archie

Archie-Working Guide Dog living in Calgary Canada

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Visiting the students at Valencia High School

Petey and I went with the Puppies 2 Partners Guide Dog Puppy Raising group to the Valencia High School. We spoke to 4 high school classes about puppy raising – how to become a puppy raiser, etiquette, training, etc. They were a very nice group of high school students – lots of questions and loved the puppies. Well, who wouldn’t 🙂

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Happy Birthday Elbert – 6 years old today!

Happy Birthday ElbertHappy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Elbert, Happy Birthday to you!

I am so proud of you.

For more about Elbert click here

Guide Dog Elbert – So handsome

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Visit with Guide Dog Pilot in Washington DC

I had the opportunity to have dinner with Pilot and his family while I was in Washington DC. What an honor. Pilot is doing very well and taking good care of Gary. He is loved by Gary’s wife Laura and retired Guide Dog Langer. A very happy family.

When I got to the restaurant Gary and Laura were already at the table with Pilot laying nicely under the table. Well, he became quite animated and wiggly. I am going to take that as he was happy to see me and that he remembered me. Not sure if that is true or not but it was sure fun to see my Pilot!! Such a proud mama I am.

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Lotto goes off to college

I put Lotto on the truck Saturday morning with his sister Leilani and Armand. It was an awful driving day to have to go over the Grapevine — heavy rain here and snow there. Lotto hopped right into the crate to check out the smells and the Goliath bone. But once the other dogs were loaded and he saw me standing outside the door, he set up a bit of a ruckus. The driver said, he will be fine a mile down the road. I was surprised as he never barks. It made it even tougher to let go to see him pleading with me. But I do know he is off to do a great job.

Just to keep me busy, I am picking up a rescue lab (14 month old yellow BIG boy) in running Springs and driving him up to Sunnyvale to live with my son and daughter-in-law, and Oh yes, to help them deliver their first child (my first grandchild). After all of that settles down, I will get another pup. Grateful to all of you for providing my puppy-raising family.

Eileen
PS I attached one of my favorite pictures of him looking out our bedroom window which overlooks the HS soccer field. His favorite watching position was always sitting up with his paws gently resting on window sills or my knees.

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Diamonds in the Ruff meeting at Sycamore Park

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Diamonds in the Ruff - Sycamore Park 2/2012

Diane w/ Argus, Linda w/ England, Mike w/ Ted, Phoebe w/ Ricardo, Jenny w/ Ballet, Christine w/ Sasha, Carol w/ Burgundy, Rob w/ Caesar.
Not pictured: Eileen w Lotto who is recovering from his neutering; Catherine w new pup Pacino who isn’t old enough to attend; and Mary & David who drove Phil up to SR for recall. They will be bringing home a new pup.

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Guide Dog Puppies meet at the Bass Pro Shops 2/11/12

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Petey spent the day with Elbert at the Chinese New Year 2012 Parade in Los Angeles

What a fun day! Michael went with Petey and me to Elbert’s house. We walked with Dan, Elbert, Carol, Doug and Sam to the Chinese New Year 2012 Parade in Los Angeles.

After the parade we walked to Chinatown along with the other parade goers. There was quite a crowd and a great opportunity to see Elbert work and for Petey to experience the sights, sounds and closeness of the people. Petey handled it like a pro. Elbert, as usual, was impressive as can be!

After the parade we went back to Elbert’s house where Elbert and Petey got to play together.

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Snow Fest 1/14/12 at Pantera Park in Diamond Bar

This is Diamond Bar’s Snow Fest.  There are 4 snow hills, snow play area, and food booths, games booths. We had our training meeting in the field and then took the puppies into the snow area. Diamonds in the Ruff had 7 puppies in attendance.

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