Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Just In Time

We got these fall photos of Eva and Eclipse just in time! These were taken 6 days ago:
These were taken in my backyard 15 minutes ago:

We rarely get snow here, and never in November! It's cold for here, as well. It stuck a bit last night but not on cement as it poured rain almost all day yesterday. This morning it was very scary driving in town, and my car slipped a bit once because someone decided to cut me off so it was either brake as easily as possible to not hit them or not and risk slipping and hitting them or not and hitting them. I was a slight emotional wreck but I was safe. I'm am deeply concerned about tonight/tomorrow though as we're supposed to get temperatures in the low 20's (that hasn't happened in YEARS and never in November) so all the moisture will freeze and everything will be very slick. The hard winter has already started.

The rest of the outing photos will be posted soon!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oodles of... 'Oodles!

Despite the fact that I'm raising Tiki for an organization that is 900 miles away, I still feel like I'm part of a much larger puppy raising group. In part, because I am! Want to know what I'm talking about?

This amazing little organization based an hour away that you know one active raiser for and one currently waiting for a pup. Canine Angels Service Teams. Most of their raisers are in California so there are puppy raising "groups" that get together for outings on a regular basis but just recently (in the past 6 months) have there been enough raisers in Southern Oregon to organize group outings. The first was yesterday and despite the fact that Coreena doesn't have a puppy and I got a puppy from a different organization we were invited to attend. I wish I could explain how much fun it was! It just feels like home! All the "pups" were between 5 and 6 months old although a Goldendoodle was brought for Coreena/whoever extra to handle who is approaching 2 years of age. I loved it so much! It was laid-back and fun and the two raisers we haven't met before were welcoming and easy-going. Most of these pups have only been in public a few times but it was a quiet morning at the mall and not a lot was asked of them other than to not pull on leash and be unobtrusive. (Not major commands, it was all about making sure they were comfortable and working on building confidence)

I took a lot of pictures but here are just a "few". Meet the pups that attended!
 ^This is Terra. She's a female standard poodle and is being raised by a first-time raiser^
 ^The black on is Vida, a female goldendoodle. She's a doll! On the right is Tundra, Terra's brother.^
Vida is her raiser's second pup to raise, her first was Joe Cool from the Peanuts litter who is currently in Advanced Training. Tundra is being raised by Sandy, one of the founders and the trainer of the organization. She's the "local" one to us, an hour away! It's a great privilege to watch her work and have her challenge me to switch tactics with the different dogs, I hope to learn a lot!
 ^Tundra and Vida (with Coreena and "Snoopy" in the background)^
 ^Terra outside for a potty break^
 ^Vida outside for a potty break^

One of the things focused on was asking the pups to do "ups" and "jumps" on benches, "ups" on garbage cans and looking at the escalates. The goal being that what the pups do themselves builds confidence not only on different surfaces/difference circumstances but in general. Something I've never thought of doing in public to that extent but makes perfect sense since we do a lot of setting up in training sessions for similar things!
 ^Tundra doing a "jump" on the bench, then an "up" on the back of the bench^
 ^Wyatt, a male labradoodle, "Mr. Photogenic" as I call him, looking Crazy!^
 ^Terra working on her confidence. She absolutely stole my heart!^
 ^Aw, Terra!^
 ^Snoopy (23 month old male goldendoodle) watching the pups gain confidence^
 ^Wyatt was enticed by a pine needle to "up" on the garbage can. (Ignore the people watching, I didn't notice them until I edited the picture!)^
 ^Snoopy looks like an "Eeyore"... it's because he is! Calm, sweet, easy going. Great to handle, but would bore me to tears if I had him for too long!
 ^Tundra! He's got some huge paws on him! I can't believe how big he got from 5 weeks ago! (We handled him a bit at the graduation in October)
^Vida and Terra telling secrets we can only imagine!^

If you can't tell, we had a great time! They're hoping to make the outings a monthly thing and we are excited about that. Where do I fit in the picture, though? Well, it's kind of complicated and kind of not. I've loved Canine Angels since the first graduation we attended 15 months ago. However there were personal reasons I couldn't apply to raise for them, then. There are also personal reasons I'm not raising for them at this time. It has nothing to do with them, but I feel it's better for everyone if I hold off until Coreena has shown herself to them without me fully in the picture, the same for Tabatha. Those of you that have followed me for any longer than a year knows the past history. I only got Tiki because I love raising service dogs for people that need them. I fear that I wouldn't have the self-control to not accept a pup from Canine Angels even if the timing wasn't great, if I didn't have one. They understand and seem to respect my decision, they also completely support it and have invited Tiki and I along on all the outings. The only thing is they need pictures they can use on the website and in the newsletter and such without her in them because she is from a different organization which I respect completely and understand. In fact, one of the first things Sandy said to us after she asked about my pup was "when she's old enough bring her along!". I love that they don't care what organization a dog is from, it's still being raised with the same goal in mind.

I'll share more later as I have a lot more pictures but just know, it was great to hang out with dog people that respect all organizations, and to be in such a relaxed environment. We talked "dog" so much and since Sandy raised for GDB when she was younger, well, we had a lot to talk about! Oh, and the training talk, oh I was in heaven! Thankfully this seems to be working out extraordinarily so far!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tiki, Through The Lens

 ^That's not a trick of the light, the top of her head is very chocolatey! We'll see if it sticks around!^
 ^In this photo and the one below you can see her callick between her eyes if you look close enough^
^Her eye contact is so good sometimes it feels like she's looking right through me!^
 These photos were taken last week but she's 13 weeks old today! Tomorrow she's getting her 3rd shot of the DHLPP series so we'll get another weight on her. She's been reliably gaining 2 lbs a week but feels like she's gained more this week so we'll see!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Does This Count?

Does it count as a first outing if we just went to socialize outside of Safeway? Tiki is a very confident 12 week old puppy and she already thinks that every person was put on the earth to love on her. I decided we should ease into full public socializing by getting manners in place in more and more challenging places. We had to go to Safeway so while Alex and Max got the necessary things Tiki, Coreena and I stood outside working on manners, eye contact and ignoring people. She did amazingly well and I have big hopes for her when we're ready to socialize fully in public! She was successful ignoring people, greeting people, ignoring carts, ignoring the recycling carts, ignoring cars and saw the automatic doors. We'll be doing more work outside of and just inside of stores but we have four weeks to get where I'd like to see her. Not to mention she did great walking on a loose leash and giving me eye contact while walking! Such a big leap since even a week ago she refused to walk beside me!

Enjoy the poor-quality cell phone photos!
^Great eye contact!^
^A very small "up"^
^Eye contact in a small "up" with a very happy tail!^

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lab X Golden

Last weekend Coreena watched Galaxy and it was kind of fun to have a lab, a lab/golden cross and a pure golden! It was also fun because Tiki was 11 weeks old and Galaxy was 22 weeks old.

First up was playing at Coreena's house with Golden Eva. It took Tiki a little bit of time to observe before she decided to join but as usual once she looked on for a bit she jumped right in! This girl's got spunk!
 ^Tiki watching Galaxy and Eva run from beside me.^
 ^Galaxy and Eva playing chase^
 ^Tiki getting a little more brave, poor quality photo but the subjects are cute!^
 ^I promise, this photo is not (poorly) photoshopped!^
 ^Lab X Golden^
 ^Golden X Lab^
 ^When Tiki jumps into something she really jumps in! No holding back for this girl!^
 Next up was some more playtime and then dinner with Eclipse at my house. Really we had 7 dogs at my house (Teddy, Kira, Eclipse, Tiki, Eva, Rizzo (recovering from her spay), and Galaxy) but it didn't feel like that many especially considering two were under 6 months old! The hardest part with feeding them all dinner were the various commands! Eclipse's dinner commands are "sit, wait, okay". Galaxy's are "leave it, break". Tiki's are "sit, wait, release"! But we released everyone to eat successfully!
 ^Golden X Lab^
 ^Galaxy eating dinner^
^Tiki eating dinner^

I'm sure when Coreena gets a pup having so many dogs around will be quite the common occurence! It's fun and interesting though so all is well!

Ally w/ *just* the four kiddos