I'm sorry its been so long since I wrote in this journal. This entry will not be a happy one, but I wanted to let all of you readers know what is going on. At the end of July I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that makes my feet hurt. I was taking medicine for it which I did not like and the 13th of September I got really sick. I have something called pancreatitis which is a really huge word which means you can't keep food down and feel really awful. Mom is experimenting to try to find a food I can eat. Since I've been sick I've mostly just been lying around. I did get to go to church last Sunday. I was very excited to be out of the house. Mom says that when I'm feeling better we'll start volunteering and go back to the ranch. I hope that happens really soon.
Last Friday mommy Shelly and I got picked up by a friend we see often. She took us to a place where we got on a bus. We rode on it for a long time. We got off in a place called
That first day we took a walk to the park where I guided mommy Shelly. Then mommy Shelly did something different. She took my harness off! I got to explore! I climbed up on the play structure. I wanted to be on the flying ship too!
The second day we went over to another house where there was another guide dog. I liked him and we played a bit. The people at the house played music which was nice. That afternoon we went with another friend to a human eating place. It is called Red Robin. I can tell it by its smell because Red Robin's everywhere have a similar smell. Later on we went for a walk. I guided mommy over railroad tracks and through a tunnel. Mommy Shelly liked the tunnel because it echoed. We went down to a river and Shelly took my harness off and let me sniff. Then we went back to H’s house.
The next day mommy Shelly left me at H's house. She said she was going somewhere called a children's museum where it would be crowded and I would be tempted to be too social and sniffy. I was upset at first but then D took me for a long walk without my harness! I sniffed and sniffed! I've decided I like walks out of harness, or walks where I wear the harness and then get some time off and put the harness back on again. I wish I could do that at home, but I guess this is why they call it a vacation!
The next day after breakfast mommy Shelly’s friend Sarah came. I was very surprised to see her because she was as far away from home as me. I learned she'd come down to visit friends and was able to take us home so we didn't have to ride the bus.
Since I've been home I haven't done anything. I'd like to go back to
Today marks one year since Mommy Shelly and I became a team. It does not feel like it’s been a year. It feels like just yesterday that I was being led in to her room. I remember the hard work we did in training getting to know each other. I remember the fun, excitement and challenge of getting to know all the new routes in my new home here in
One thing that does not make her happy is my ears. I'm still getting ear infections! They don't make me happy either. We have tried several different kinds of food. Right now I'm eating fish and sweet potato made by Natural Balance. We really hope this food works.
But my ears are the only bad thing. As I said, I like guiding but I also like just chilling in the house with Mommy Shelly. I like cuddling with her on her big bed even though Rain the cat is there.
I'm very thankful to my puppy raisers and all my trainers at Southeastern Guide Dogs because they did so much work to prepare me for this life I love.
wag wag wag!
June has been pretty low key. We go out for walks, but after the first week in June we stopped going to the ranch. Mommy says they don't give lessons in the summer. I miss it. I also miss the kids.
So here are the different things that have happened. On the last weekend of May mommy Shelly's parents came and took me to their house. Mommy Shelly did not come. I spent the whole next day there. It was strange being without mommy Shelly. They brought me back the next night. Mommy said she went to a big music festival (whatever that is) and that she didn't think it would be good to bring me. I had a good time visiting. I got to go for a long walk and sniff everything I wanted for as long as I wanted. I hope I can go visit again!
June 8 was mommy's birthday. She had a friend come that weekend who liked to play with me. She had other friends stop by on the day of her birthday and they played with me too. I like playing with people. But I really like playing with dogs. Today a friend of mommy Shelly's came over and brought her guide dog Lex. We played. They made us rest for a while, then let us play again. It was really fun. They through the kongs for us. I had a great time.
Tonight mommy Shelly took me to a parade. I don't understand the point of a parade. Why do people sit around and watch cars and people walk down the street? Some of the people moved together - they were called drill teams and they were fun to watch. I also saw some working dogs. One of them told me it did search and rescue work.
The only bad thing happening right now is that I think I have another ear infection because my ear hurts. Mommy Shelly says I will see the vet Monday. That does not make me want to wag but other things in this entry are happy to think about so …..