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I just wanted to come in and report that I have made it safely to Guiding Eyes. The drive up yesterday went as expected, and I enjoyed last night spent with the family who drove me up here. We went to Applebee's for dinner as Liv's last work as a guide, and my mom remembers that we went to the same restaurant when she picked me up at the airport in Ithaca when I got Liv in the first place. I had forgotten that fact. Talk about full-circle!

I have been at the school since around 10:30 or so, after an entirely over-priced, not-so-good breakfast at the hotel. Ah well. The food here will make up for it 100-fold, so it works out. I 100% stand by my affirmation that this school and the people who work here are fantastic. The class instructors are Karen and Kat, with Melinda as the class supervisor. Graham is doing ACTION, as heard from Dale when we met up a short time ago. I guess it pays to be driven to the school by staff members, you get first-hand knowledge. No matter, though, I wouldn't have had it any other way. I am super appreciative of the fact that my family drove me up here, I really am.

I turned Olivia over to the instructors not so long ago, and it feels really strange at this time not having a dog. I honestly think that moment is one of the hardest moments a person can go through ever. I was able to keep her leash, and unlike last time, I'm not going to use it for any other dog. That leash is hers. I miss that dog already, even though I am positive I will be able to see her again once she is settled in her new home. LivDog, I love you. You be a good dog and remember all of the rules, okay? I know you're probably a little confused now, but you will be in your new home on Friday, with the amazing family who raised you to be the good dog that you are, and there won't be any more moving around here and there and everywhere. This isn't 'goodbye,' it's only 'see you later'.

I'm free until around four, when we will have the meet-and-greet in the Camble Lounge -- I mean Alumni Hall, (It's going to be a day or so until that one sinks in, I do believe), with everyone in the class. Students are trickleing in little by little. Those I have met thus far seem very nice. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone in the class and seeing what the dynamic will be.

The renovations that were done to the school are amazing! I am in room 4, which is in the older wing of rooms. The number to my room, should anyone want to call, is (914) 930-3374. I don't remember how to check messages yet, but if I don't answer, feel free to leave one, and I will definitely appreciate it and call back when I can.

I think that's about all for now. I can't think of anything else, at any rate. I will write more soon. Take care, and thanks for reading.

Date: 2011-01-10 07:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-10 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gentlewit.com (from livejournal.com)
I think the only people left at the school that I know are Graham and Ellin. Ellin's been doing special needs for years now, but she trained Dolly.

Yeah, I would have a hard time remembering the Alumni Hall thing, but then again the school looks nothing like I recall it from what I've heard. The last time I was there was in 2000, I think. I went for lunch after the walkathon and I remember they'd just started on the walking path thing or whatever.

Anyway, hope things go well. Can't wait to hear about the new dog.

Good luck!!

Date: 2011-01-10 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mariea1979.livejournal.com

I know you're missing your pup, but we're all pulling for you and your new dog!! Ok, you don't have him or her, but in a few days you will!! I'm going to keep you in my thoughts. I'm glad you are able to keep in touch with the raisers and find out how she's doing and such. That will make things a little easier. Please keep us posted on you and your new pup!!

Date: 2011-01-10 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soprano1790.livejournal.com
Oh I'm so glad you made it! Good luck! I hope you have a good time and make plenty of friends in your class. I also hope Live does well with her raisers as I'm sure she will.

Tell Melinda that Julie and Brie say hi. I'm sure you will have an awesome time and get another perfect dog. Keep us posted.

Date: 2011-01-10 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2bbilingual.livejournal.com
It's really bittersweet that you have to retire LivDog. But I'm glad ou got there safely. I'm sure LivDog will be happy in her retirement.

I meant to tell you, but kept forgetting. I was on the Nabs call about dating and relationships that you moderated. I'm Julie without.

Welcome back

Date: 2011-01-11 03:53 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You don't know me but I am one of the puppy raisers at GEB. My puppy is at the school right now and looks a lot like your Olivia. I hope you get a wonderful dog that serves you as well as your last dog! Good luck and if you get my dog (I won't tell you who it is yet!) I look forward to meeting you!! Etta (a puppy raiser)


Date: 2011-01-11 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi Liz. If one of instructors is Karen Fellows, she was an IA when I was in class getting Lava. She's awesome! She drove us all everywhere. As for Kat, do you mean Kate or is there someone new? I don't know her but knowing how wonderful the staff is, I'm sure she's awesome too. If you meet an instructor named Carrie Barnet, she's Lava's puppy raiser. Good luck with everything. Leslie


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