Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ellenton Prime Outlet Mall
on a Saturday morning.....
Our puppies must learn to work in all kinds of weather. At Saturday's meeting we had HOT covered.
The Area Coordinator and Bridget anticipate the arrival of the other raisers and pups.

Collin with Café join them.

Tanner with Sadie arrive next.

When the pup turns a year old, they begin to wear the harness, minus the handle, at meetings.  Today is Kelly's first time.  Photo bomb by Sadie.

Skylar arrives in coat.

Then exchanges the coat for the harness.

Mike, the group patriarch, in harness.

Three puppies were unable to make the meeting.  Can you find the six in attendance?

We are fortunate to have five families interested in becoming puppy raisers.  During the outing we pair applicants with a raiser and pup.

The applicant is given the opportunity to handle the puppy.  This is a good experience for both.  Here Kelly checks in with her new handler.

Skylar also checks in with her applicant handler.

Collin with Café, demonstrate loose leash walking.
Loose leash walking.....we've got that.
Time for a break.

Once inside, Kelly finds a cool place.

Everyone was happy to be inside again. 

Another good meeting.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

YMCA ♪ ♪ ♪
Spent the afternoon doing a presentation on Southeastern Guide Dogs to campers at the North Brandon Family YMCA. 

Rachel with Jonathan before we started.

First we spoke with thirty 6 & 7 year olds.

Next up, thirty 8 to 16 year olds.  Jonathan's got this.
We'll be going back in a couple of weeks to speak with a new group of campers.  Good things are happening at the Y.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stormy night at IKEA.......

IKEA was the destination for our Tuesday evening meeting.  In addition to all the exposures available in the store, there was a storm outside.  All our pups handled the sounds of the thunder and lightening without any problems.  
Recon gives a big smile when the harness body was put on her for the first time.

Mike gives a profile view of the harness.

A quiet aisle is a perfect spot to review the agenda.

Rio takes a break.

Skylar sitting pretty.

Jonathan always makes his raiser smile.

Nina at camp.

Cafe and raisers.

Mike and Rio Find the Elevator.

Skylar spies something interesting as she descends the stairs.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bus ride at Kings Point

Riding public transportation is very important for a guide dog in training.  Saturday we were fortunate to have our own private bus for our pups to get some valuable practice. Thank you Grace for making all the arrangements.

The pup needs to be under control as they get on and off the bus.  Our private driver, Dominick, found a place to stop where each raiser could have their pup get on and off the bus several times.







There was some lively discussion during the ride, while the pups settled under their seats.

After the ride we found a small shady spot to practice obedience. Since the shade was limited, the pups were forced to work in close proximity of each other.  Good job everyone.







We went inside to conclude the meeting.

 A big thank you to Kings Point for making the tram and driver available for this valuable exposure.