Thursday, July 2, 2009

Welcome to the Bronx

Our newest puppy, puppy number five, is Bronx.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tai the Guide

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tai is a Guide.

We just recieved word yesterday that Tai has been matched and will be part of the Advanced Class that is now up at GDA. He will be living with his new partner in Northern California.

Needless to say we are very proud of him and can't wait to see him and meet his new partner. The Class Dinner is the evening of the 20th at GDA and is private and not open to the public.

The Advanced Class is for returning guide dog users and they will spend only two week at the school instead of the usuall four.

Thank you to everyone for the comments and support and thank you to all of our GDA puppy raisers for all of your help with our boy.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Nice little surprise

So I get home and check the mail today and what do I find????

A beautiful picture of Tai in harness!! It was a complete surprise (but a welcome one)! We have heard that he is doing well with his training and hopefully they will have a match for him soon.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Postcard #4

We received postcard #4... the one that ends "some of my friends have gone home, but I think I will stay and try to learn more". Tai is going strong up at the school, and we have faith in him that he will continue to do well. We didn't update this when we got the postcard (a couple of weeks ago) because we were in the midst of Zoe's first flu bug and the onset of the holiday season. Still, although we won't see him until he graduates or decides to come home, it's still the best Christmas gift Tai can give us!

Happy Holidays to the readers of our blog, even with all of its inconsistency. Have the most wonderful of holidays and the happiest of new years!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gda on TV

Watch a local news story about the wild fire, how it affected GDA and how they delt with it.

Watch the video

I don't know how long this video will be on the website, so I apologize in advance if you go looking for it and it is not there.

p.s. See if you can find Tai!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wildfires in Southern California

First: at the time of this writing, 7:52 on Sunday, November 16, everything is fine. The Sayre fire in Sylmar is still raging, but Guide Dogs of America is still there and everyone is fine. The dogs were evacuated early Saturday morning. So, as longtime volunteers and puppyraisers, we got the email: all those who want to take an evacuated dog home, drive to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

We jumped in the car and drove.

This is what I love about our organization: there were 70 dogs... and about 100 people showed up. The school released the in-for-training dogs to their puppyraisers, and those who weren't there went home with other puppyraisers for the weekend. That means...


Tai only got to spend one day with our daughter Zoe, before he was turned in. Tai is in LOVE with her, although he wants to kiss her just a tad bit too emphatically (pictures to follow). But he is HERE! This doesn't happen with our school - we don't see the dogs after they go in. He looks fabulous - BIG and gorgeous and so sweet. He hasn't changed a bit. We love him.

So, at the time of this writing, he goes back tomorrow. It was a weekend pass, a wonderful day and a half where he got to play with Big Sister Paige and The Brudder himself, Truman. It will be hard to give him back again, but we were able to help keep him safe, and he will continue his progress to be someone else's dog. We wouldn't change it for anything.

p.s. Kind of ironic that I finished the last post wondering how big Tai is, how he is doing, and what we/ he would do when we saw him again. I wrote that the day before we got him back. Amazing.