Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sweet Lori goes off to Guide Dog U........
 
Lori joined our group when she was eleven months old, but that didn't make it any easier to see her go.  She was an adorable baby.....
 
 
She knows all her commands.......
 
 
An excellent sit/stay.........
 
 
Lori demonstrates the relaxation protocol........
 
 
Birthday celebration......
 
 
At Walk-A-Thon Lori reconnects with her sponsors, The Calendar Girls.....
 
 
Guide Dog U.....
 
 
Lori with her dedicated raisers, Chris and Chip.....
 
 
Lori reunites with her sisters......
 
 
The wait to be called is never easy.......
 

Last kisses.......
 
 
and off she goes with Katie to the Assessment Kennel......
 
 
Make us proud Lori, we'll miss you.




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Perfect day for a bus ride......
 
We held Saturday's meeting at Kings Point, a gated community in Sun City Center.  We had our own private bus for our pups to experience public transportation. First we reviewed the proper way to enter and exit a bus.
 
 
Reilly boards the bus...
 
 
Penny next......
 
 
Diamond is the last pup on......
 
 
It was a perfect fit, each raiser and pup had their own seat.
 

 
Leave it to Shirley to go looking for trouble......
 
 
Visiting Sonny exits the bus.....
 
 
Due to age and size, Remington is carried on and off.......
 
 
Before returning to the school for their formal training, the older pups have the opportunity to try on the harness body.
Shirley has no problems.......
 
 
Looking good, Reilly .......
 
 
After the relaxing bus ride, it's time for some obedience work, but first raisers exchange puppies.....
Good sit Shirley.....
 
 
Down Sonny.....
 
 
Reilly sit/stay.........
 

Diamond's turn to sit/stay.......


Penny down/stay while the handler walks around her......


Alli receives a belly rub during a break.......


Remington does a good down........


We adjourned inside to review the rest of the agenda......


Too cute not to share.....


Thank you Grace and Jim for making the arrangements with Kings Point.








Monday, March 17, 2014

March brings the Sun City Center Fun Fest.......
 
Each year thousands of people converge on Sun City Center for the Fun Fest.  There is food, entertainment, a health fair, vendors, plus our puppies. 
 
Sue with career changed Ruth in our booth before the crowds arrive.
 
 
 Our pups...... Karl with Reilly.....
 
 
Debbie with Shirley........
 
 
Nancy with Diamond......
 
 
Grace with Alli....
 
 
Linda brought Penny while the raisers are out town...... Plus it was good to see former raiser, Joan.
 
 
Chip & Chris with career changed Jam........the dog who loved too much.
 

We were fortunate to have Jen, the field representative from Southeastern, join us to conduct an obedience session.  First Jen worked with Diamond,


 Penny,


and Alli.


Jen worked with Shirley on self control, using a bag of pepperoni.


Next raisers, Karl and Linda, worked on dog distractions.


Jennifer and Phi, visiting from the Tampa raiser group, practiced down stay.


At the end of the day, the pups get to relax with a bone......


while Bob relaxes his "pups".


Thank you everyone for your support.









Saturday, March 8, 2014

Take me out to the ball game.........
 
Our latest meeting was held at a Newsome High School softball/baseball game.  Thank you to the faculty and staff for making us feel so welcome. 
 
Sue is asks Jen, Southeastern's field representative, for some training tips before the raisers and pups arrive.  Jen shared some tips on teaching our pups self control.  She makes it look so easy.
 
 
Shirley does a good 'down', but is she really relaxed........... 
 
 
Alli tries it.......
 
 
Penny looks relaxed.........
 
 
Next we move in to the game to see if the pups can show the same self control while watching the game with all the people.
 
Former raiser Kathryn, took over Penny for her brother.
 
 
Alli watches the game.
 
 
Shirley started at the outfield side line before trying the bleachers.
 
 
 
Another productive meeting.