Saturday, June 23, 2007
Yesterday I didn't feel good. I had a headache and sore throat all day. The headache went away, but I still have the sore throat. I haven't been taking my allergy medicine, so I'm wondering if that's my problem? I'll talk to the nurse about it on tuesday when she comes back.
Yesterday we also got to do the activities. I didn't because I lead an activity...but I did get to do some archery :) I hit the target everytime! Wahoo! :) I cleaned out the arts and crafts shed and threw a LOT of junk away...it was so nice. So now I have my list of things I need and things I already have and a clean shed so I can actually find things :) YAY!!! It was kind of hot yesterday...but nothing like Utah, so no problems there :)
Ontario is being very good. Everybody still loves him and he seems pretty happy here!
Hopefully tomorrow i'll catch some time where I can put some pictures up!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I don't know the name of the beach, but it was in Malibu and it was okay. However, it was very rocky leading to the water, so I didn't get in or anything. It was extremely windy when we got there yesterday afternoon, but that stopped after a while and things were just fine. We had some really really good guacomole (I don't exactly know how to spell that) and I thought I was in heaven...Dad would have LOVED it! We also had hamburgers and Carne Asada for dinner and it was the best food I've had in a LONG time! :) Then once it got dark, we had a campfire which was fun.
I slept under the stars with some of the other staff. We had laid out our sleeping bags earlier before it got dark, and I immediately noticed that it was all wet when I went to get in. I guess it's just very moist here (duh...it's by the ocean) but I'm just not used to that! I slept good though and this morning when I woke up and looked out in the ocean there were a bunch of Dolphins swimming pretty close to the shore...so that was very neat! :)
The nurse is supposed to be coming around 9:30, so I guess I should go brush my hair and look half-decent :)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The food isn't the greatest, but it's not bad...hopefully I'll loose those 6 pounds I found out about when I got my camp physical :D
Yesterday we woke up at the crack of dawn to go to the Junior Blind of America (JBA). The campus there was beautiful and the weather is MUCH better than the 104 that we left in Utah. Anyway, so we were at JBA and did paperwork...my favorite! LOL Then we came back to camp and played a few name games. We had to get a partner who we didn't know and learn about them and stuff. My partner's Camp name is Jazzy (I don't even know her real name) and she is from Illinois. She is here to be the horse wrangler!
Today the wake up call was 7am, but I didn't roll out of bed (literally) until about 7:15...I hurried and fed Ontario and pulled on clothes and took him out...where we got in line at which point we got back into the same partners that we had last night. Jazzy was blindfolded this morning and I was her sighted guide. We ate breakfast (she was still blindfolded). I was blindfolded for Lunch today and Jazzy was my sighted guide...she didn't run me into anything, so I guess she's pretty good ;)
Anyway, so that's it so far! I'll write and put up pictures some day when I have more time.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Many people have said throughout my 8 years of puppy raising..."I could never do that...I could never give the dog up...I get too attached"...I usually say that you learn to do it more gracefully each time, and while it never gets easy it is always worth it in the end when you get to see how much of a difference the dog makes in the life of somebody else. But if I'm not in a good mood I'm thinking in my head "sheesh, do you think I'm a heartless person...you don't have a CLUE what it feels like to be so attached and then let it go!"
So anyway...back to my story...I'm going to make a difference in somebody's life 1 person at a time :) I was thinking about why I love raising puppies so much and why I want to work at guide dogs so bad... I guess I want everybody to know that I raise puppies for several different reasons...
- The change that these dogs make in people's lives is too incredible...that's why I'm addicted to raising...
- When you see that little puppy who you poured your heart and soul into and it means 10x more to that blind person than it means to you...it's worth it!
- When you think of those nights you cried and the heartache that you had when your puppy left you...you feel sorry for yourself...but it's worth it!
- When you take your puppy out early in it's life and it has a "potty accident" in a public place...it's embarrassing...but it's worth it!
- When strangers come up to you and tell you that their brother's friend's grandpa's cousin had a guide dog and it made such a difference in his life...it's kind of awkward...but it's worth it!
- When your puppy goes to school with you and the other teachers and staff as well as the students get attached...and you are the bad one who "lets the puppy go"...it's sad for everybody...but it's worth it!
- When that blind person at graduation talks about the first time they picked up the harness and said "forward" and they never walked so fast or free in their life...that's when it all comes together and there is no other experience like it!
So that my friends...that is why I raise puppies!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Ontario and Dilbert the working guide dog...at the park!
SOOOO...last week was the last week of school. We took our 2nd graders to the Park to play for a few hours, and several kids were petting Ontario, which was fine...then after examining Ontario from head to toe she looked at me and in all seriousness said "WOW, they made him VERY good!"...so apparantly, GSD pups are made VERY good at the puppy factory???