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Today, being Sunday, has been very, very chill here at Guiding Eyes. *insert news bulletin* I have just been informed that two pounds of Duncan Donuts Duncan Dark coffee have been purchased and will be put into the coffee machine in the coffee room on the first floor. The only real word I have for that at the moment is fantastic! Life is good! Speaking of coffee and donuts, I currently have a Boston cream donut and a cup of coffee next to me as I write this. Well okay, so it's atop the fridge, and I am here at the desk, but enough with technicalities!

Moving forward (no pun intended): as I said, today has been very low-key. Part of me is glad about that, and another part isn't really okay with the time off. Yeah...don't ask! We had individual long-line play with our dogs today, where we went into Alumni Hall A.K.A the Campbell Lounge and had our dog on a 40-foot line to play. I kidded some classmates earlier in that I hoped I wouldn't be my dog's playtoy, because he is a rather big dog and I am a rather small person. He had a super fun time with long-line play, and chose to play with other toys and not with me (ha ha!). I had a Wubba that was Olivia's toy, but she has six or seven toys as it is, and so I don't think she misses one. Even if so, Liv, it's called sharing, which I know you know how to do. You'll get to see Dalton sometime and I hope you'll like him. Dalton loved the Wubba. I had it in my hand on the way down to the lounge, (they don't call us retrains for nothing, I guess), and he was fascinated with it all the while, bopping it with his nose. I had to put it away, because when we came back into the room after play, I put it on the bed and he proceeded to take it off of the bed, (yes, he is that tall that he can manage that!), and bring it into his crate with him. His recall is awesome! It took a few times for him to realize that he should come back to me with the toy when called, but it could also be that it was his first time playing in awhile, and he needed to get his squirrley-whirley's out, which he definitely did by running around and playing with toys. He had a fun time nosing around in the milk crate of toys and taking out different toys and having me throw them. There was one toy that wasn't in the crate, (it was somewhere in the room - I have no idea where), that he took the liberty to find on his own and bring back to me. It was a long, flecey toy of some sort with squeakers in it. He didn't try to squeak the Wubba, but mabe he will at another time. He just liked to run with it in his mouth, carrying it by the string-line things on the ends of it. It got to the point during play where I would throw a toy, or he would find one, and come back to me, dropping it at my feet to throw again. I treated him each time he came back when called. I'm not even sure that he was that motivated by the treats; I think he just loved to run around and play. Either way, it works.

While looking through the comments to my blog entries, I noticed that I received one from Dalton's puppy raisers, Jim and Linda. I'm not too sure how you found my blog, (enquiring minds and all that), but I'm super excited you did! (I have no way of contacting you directly, which is why I'm writing this here. I hope you read my blog again and find this). Anyway, I do think that GEB will give me your contact information if nothing else. I'm not positive if they will arrange a phone call between us, but I will definitely ask. I would love that! Regardless, I am all for exchanging information and keeping in touch. I'm sorry a visit can't happen while I'm here, but I would love it if something could be arranged later on. Okay, so this is a little longer than intended, especially on a blog. The long and short of it is thank you so so so so much for contacting me, Dalton is a fantastic dog, and I would love to stay in touch!

Obedience happened prior to breakfast, and we went in groups of three. Dalton did fine with it. Speaking of food: breakfast was a sesame seed bagel with cream cheese and coffee, (I was contemplating wearing my pajamas to breakfast - it's just been that kind of day - and I actually did do it!), lunch was a salami, ham and cheese sandwich with baked Doritos and iced tea, and dinner will be lasagna. After breakfast, I took an hour or so and managed to read a chapter of school reading, so I feel a little better and not like I'm slacking. True, school hasn't even started yet, but I do want to stay on top of things. I'm not done the first week's reading assignment, but I started it, and considering life's circumstances at the moment, I think the three chapters that I have read should definitely count for something. Lecture I believe will take place tonight after dinner, although on what I have no idea. I hope I'm awake enough for that. The chill atmosphere around here is very conducive to my brain being sluggish. If not, there's always coffee! Wow, I have mentioned coffee way too many times in my last few entries. I really am not an addict, and it's not as much of a problem as it may seem from the outside, I swear! Actually, depending on which of my classmates you ask, they may beg to differ, but if you consider the source...

In sports news: last I knew, the Bears were beating the pants off of the Seahawks 28-0 or something like that. The Jets/Patriets game should be interesting, too.

I'm not really sure what else I can update on. I think I have covered everything. Thank you again to all who have been reading and/or commenting. It means a lot that you do so, and I am glad that my blog is enjoyed. More soon.

Congrats!

Date: 2011-01-16 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tube-rose.livejournal.com
I've only just today gotten the chance to read your entries about retraining, and I must say, i'm proud of you. I'm looking forward to one day getting a dog of my own, and these entries have given me some great insight. Keep up the good work Liz. *hugs*

Date: 2011-01-16 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abigail1024.livejournal.com
I am so glad things are going well, what is a webba? is that new toy?

Date: 2011-01-16 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] read2781.livejournal.com
I'm glad things are going well with you and Dalton. That Wubba sounds like fun although I bet it could get annoying real quick. LOL

Today's blogue

Date: 2011-01-16 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi Liz. This is Judene, waiting for my future guide dog. I've enjoyed your writings. Keep up the good work. I feel like I'm going through training with you. My exercise program is going well now, and they're putting me on a treadmill now. That will definitely help. Bye for now. Judene And Future Guide Dog

Date: 2011-01-16 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Just read your entry. One of our co-ordinators forwarded your blog to us and we were so glad to read it. We listed our contact info with GEB and told them we wanted it given to the person Dalton was paired with. Hope we will get to talk by phone. It would be so nice to meet with you sometime in the future. Dalton looks great! Jim and Linda, Dalton's raisers

Date: 2011-01-17 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] latinanewschic.livejournal.com
awwe, dalton sounds like an awesome and fun dog. Congrats, glad training is going well. Caffeine is the only thing that helps on dog training days; it was hot chocolate or soda for me.

Date: 2011-01-17 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solstice-singer.livejournal.com
How big is Dalton? Do you have his height and weight? Line is 21.5 inches, and around 65 pounds. To me, she's big, since my first guide was 18.5 inches, and 54 pounds. Something tells me your boy is bigger than both of them. (Grin)

Date: 2011-01-17 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imafarmgirl.livejournal.com
He sounds just adorable. I'm glad you found his raisers.

it's only an adiction

Date: 2011-01-17 03:49 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
If you take it by IV, then we'll all get concerned. hahahahahaha DD coffee rocks. Can't drink too much of all that.

RH

day 7

Date: 2011-01-17 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catie2009.livejournal.com
Awesome to hear that he is doing so well for you.

coffee

Date: 2011-01-17 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi Liz,
Never apologize for being a coffee addict. I am addicted to darker coffee and the Dunkin Doughnuts coffee is great.
I have really enjoyed reading your training journal and keep up the great work because Dalton sounds like a great dog.
Lin and Major

Date: 2011-01-18 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] passionflower55.livejournal.com
boston creams are my favorite thing from duncan donuts! if you like strawberry you should try a bavarian, it is the same concept, except either the frosting or filling si strawberry, can't remember since the duncan donuts on campus is so often out of them
what is lecture?
and thanks so much for detailing your experience. i have never really been interested in getting a guide dog, but i love learning new things, and you have really done a good job at teaching me the whole process.
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