New Guide Dog Journals Day 3

Last Updated on: 27th March 2013, 08:11 am

Oops. I slept in this morning. Was up emailing and fighting with the WordPress app. Let’s not do that again. I usually don’t sleep in until the second week of training.

Tansy is still giving me trouble with heeling but the instructors are helping me.

Got a shorter handle. Let’s hope that feels better.

She’s such a ball of fire. After relieving, which she did both, she came back in, rolled around on the floor and tried to use me as a chew toy! Silly dog.

We’re in the lounge doing a bit of Juno and a bit of doggie route walking.

We did some work with turns with Wheeler, the stuffed pup. I see that Tansy likes crates. Then we went out on a route, and my oh my it was pretty close to perfect. Couldn’t ask for much better. We had a real live traffic check. Some jerk drove out in front of us. We had a huge lunch and then a bit of wheeler work since my left arm isn’t going back enough. They’re thinking of getting me a super short handle because Tansy is kind of long and skinny.

Oh another thing. The lounge wifi is messed up, so while I’m at the lounge I won’t be able to get emails or voxers or anything.

Man Tansy is going to be a challenge but a lot of fun. Our classmates are pretty cool. I think we’ll get along just fine. I forgot to mention Jen the instructor from my last class is here. She gave me a hug. But she’s not my primary instructor. Ah well that’s cool.
So Tansy pooped again. This time she pooped in front and then behind. Buh.

I think grooming comes next. Wanna bet Tansy bites the brush?

Well I was wrong about grooming. We had another workout that went pretty well and we worked out some finer points of giving her food reward. They seem to really have it down to a science. Had another real live traffic check. Jeebers they’re trying to kill me. I joked with Adam that they were his agents and he was paying them.

Then the instructors had to go to a meeting so no grooming stuff today.

Now we started working our dogs to the dining room. I finally got the straight goods on why they make us wait to work in buildings. It’s because buildings don’t have easy 90 degree turns like streets do. Ok makes sense.

So we worked our dogs to dinner. That was a little scary since I’m not 100% confident with the end of the route. Then we went to yoga, leaving Tansy in her crate.

Observations about Tansy: she will not chew her bone near her bed. She doesn’t do anything sneakily. She wants something? she’s going for it. She doesn’t appear to be a barker. Nurse came to see me and she didn’t make a sound. In other news, my headache is gone.

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  1. Oh thank goodness the headache is gone! I wrote about you in my morning pages today and I said something like, I bet Helen with her ninja nurse skills will get rid of that headache. Woo hoo! Tansy sounds like a spitfire! I’m exhausted already just thinking about it lol. You have crates in the rooms? That would make sense in the hotel but it would be nice if they keep that up. Jayden got tangled in his tie down in class and it scared him really bad, and me. Ok, I need to stop yacking at you, you’re busy haha a!

  2. Tansy sounds awesome! I think you guys will have a lot of fun together. With your busy schedule, she’ll definitely be tired out at the end of the day.

    I’m so glad to hear your headache is gone.

    Dog Guides has crates in all of their rooms. I’m not sure exactly when they brought them in and took out the tie downs, but I know I had one when I went to get Cessna, almost eight years ago now. They also stopped giving out tie downs in our gradpacks, and told us to just keep them on leash with us for the first couple of weeks.

  3. Carin! so happy to have found this – have been thinking of you and your adventure. At 49 pounds, isn’t Tansy bigger than Trixie? Trixie always seemed so tiny (especially compared to oaf Reggie).

  4. Hey. So glad you guys found this too. Believe it or not Trix was around 53 pounds ish.

    Hope you guys are doing well.

  5. And before I forget, Ro, Helen says hello. And thanks for making me laugh with your other comment with my conversation with GDB.

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