Wednesday, April 30, 2008

the quiz

Now it is my turn to fill out this quiz.

How many puppies have you raised?
I currently have # 15 and 16

Why did you start raising?
Because my parents would never let me take our pet dog anywhere with us :) And I wanted to be a vet.

How long have I been a puppy raiser?
Almost 19 years

What is one thing you have learned in raising?
There are too many things to count!

What have your puppies taught you?
Patience and Consistency

What is the strangest thing someone has asked/said to you about your puppy?
My favorite happened in the drive through at Jack in the box. I was driving, PIT, in puppy coat, was on the floor of the passenger's side. Girl at window looks at the dog, reads his coat and says, "Oh my gosh! You are blind?!?!" I just say quietly cause I couldn't say anything that would be non-insulting.

Do you give your puppies real name out in public?

What is the most embarrassing moment you have had with your puppy?
there have been a lot of those too - hard to pick one! Probably the day that Granger (who turned 8 yesterday) peed a river in Macy's. He had just peed outside. This was the first sign that he had a bladder infection. 2 baby diapers, 2 travel packs and kleenex & we still needed help!

What is the proudest moment you have had with your puppy?
Probably my second graduation. It meant a lot more to me at 23 than it did at 16 (yes, I had a long break between graduates)

What advice do you have for new puppy raisers/owners?
Say it once and make them do it!

The pics you have been waiting for!

OK... here are the pics of my eye! It looks worse than I feel like it is - we still don't know what happened, but today it's oozing! Ick! 4 more days of antibiotics and warm compresses. It's back to the vet on Friday, if the swelling has not gone down by then (and so far, it hasn't changed!) Cross your paws!

Now, here's a happy picture - me and my big sister, Char!

Time to eat! (and take a pill - blech!)
Love and Licks,

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Owie! Owie! Owie!

So, I had my first trip to the vet today. And it wasn't for shots - those aren't due yet. Yesterday, the whole family was at my aunt and uncle's house. No one knows what happened, but all of a sudden, I woke up in mom's lap and my eye was almost swollen shut! I'm gonna be a guide dog! I need to see out of that eye ball! Mom thought maybe I got a bug bite, so she gave me icky bendryl. But it didn't help. This morning, it was still big and ugly. Mom was scared there was a foxtail, so we rushed off to the vet. But, nope - no fox tail! Yeah! But, I have a puncture wound in my bottom eye lid. How crazy is that?!?! No one knows what poked me, but the vet gave me a shot and some feel good stuff and send me home with get-better pills. Oh - and he shaved my face. I'm not impressed. People talk about getting a black eye, so I thought I was all good & it would blend with my black fur. But, now I have a gray eye. When all the fur is gone, my skin is pretty light! I'll share pictures soon - if you are good ;)

Love and Licks,

Friday, April 25, 2008

My new home!

So, last Tuesday was a very exciting day for me! After a hard morning of playing with my sibs, this guy came to pick me up. My care takers said he was going to be my puppy raiser. Whatever - I just hoped he was fun! So, off we went on another adventure. After 20 minutes of howling like a banchee (they don't call me Accordian for nuttin!), I got to meet some new friends. A lady was there and I figured out that these people were gonna be my two-foot mom and dad. But, there were other friends there too!

This one didn't like me at all - they call it Simba - but I think Devil Cat is more fitting!

This one, they call Mr. Kitty - very dignified for a Pringle loving cat!

This one doesn't have a name, nor is it any fun. Not sure why it exists.

These are NOT friends - don't even look at them - they get you in trouble! Not sure what a tomato is, but I sure don't wanna find out now!

This one was fun! She's about the same size as my mom, Elsa, but she's not my mom. Her name is Char. She's a guide dog puppy too - I hear she's going to college soon. I haven't known her long, but I think I'm going to miss her (but not miss sharing these people!)

Ok - one last picture of me, just to hold you over until my next post! Then, it's off to bed! Time for a cat nap (that would be a nap with a cat if the big black one will let me!)

Love and Labbie Kisses,

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hello World!

Hi there! I'm new around here - just born 9 weeks ago on February 19th. My name is Accord and I am going to be a guide dog when I grow up! My mom's name is Elsa and my dad is Domingo. I spent my first few weeks of life with just mom and my brothers and sisters. When I got bigger, I moved into the puppy kennels with my siblings - mom was tired of all us rugrats & went home. I can't remember all my siblings names, but some of them are April, Anka, Alanda, Amalfi and me - Accord!

Here are some pictures of me and my sibs in the kennel at Guide Dogs

I'll post more soon - lots of growing to do!