Daddy O'Connor OR Mommy Trina
Thursday, November 29, 2007
BOOGER!!! Brogan was my 5th puppy. I got him as a transfer when he was 10 months old, the day Garvey had to go back to GDB for medical evals. Brogan's parents were Wallace and Pride. Brogan was a PILL for the first 2 weeks I had him. Brogan and I had a hard time in the beginning...but one day 2 weeks after I got him, we fell in love. I adored him, and he thought I was the greatest thing ever! Brogan was one of those dogs who I would have loved to have been able to keep. Unfortunately, Brogan was career changed for medical reasons about 3 weeks after returning to campus. He now lives with a friend of mine, and is STILL affectionately known as "booger". Brogan loved children and despite his size (75 pounds) he was extremely gentle with them. He was beautiful as well!
Brogan taught me:
- Once again, dogs can change
- It's ok to be goofy and still be serious at the same time
- The wonderful game of keep-away CAN be fixed
- No matter how big you are, cuddling is always good!
- You must be gentle with small children
- BLACK is BEAUTIFUL!
Puppy #4 was Garvey. I picked Garvey up from GDB Fun Day in CA on July 24, 2004. He was a sweet sweet puppy! His parents were Jessel and Brenda. Garvey was career changed for health issues in Nov. 2004...so as you can see, I didn't have him real long :(
Garvey taught me:
- All you need is Love
- Things really aren't what they seem to be
- It's no fun to be sick all the time
- A wonderful personality, combined with a sick puppy, just can't make a guide dog
Friday, November 23, 2007
A. I did not do a little write up on all my previous dogs...I'll get to that when I go back to school and have an internet connection that works and downloads pictures ;) (plus, I got tired...)
B. My blog has gotten very boring! :) I'll try to spice things up a bit and find more exciting things to write about...
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
- Family (Mom, Dad, Eric, Ryan, Annalisa and Josh)
- In-laws and nieces and nephews (Lisa, Jessica, Joel, Erin, Ashley, Marissa, Maddie, Gracie, Rachael, Leah, Alec and Grant)
- Puppies (Ontario and Frisco)
- Dogs (Magician, Anya, Spence, Garvey, Brogan, Sonny, O'Connor and Carlisle)
- Pet dog (Riley)
- Way cute house in SLC
- car (doesn't have a name, but it's a fantastic Honda Accord!)
- Aunts and Uncles
- Beautiful Mountains
- Ice Cream
- Dancing With The Stars
- Desperate Housewives
- Brothers and Sisters (the tv show)
- The Sun
- Cool weather
- the Beach
- Books to read
- guardian angels
- my religion
- days off work
- nice people on the freeway who let me in when my blinker is on
- funny people I meet who make me laugh
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! Eat too much and enjoy! :)
Spence at about 7 months?
Spence taught me:
*it's okay to have FUN!
*dogs can change
*things aren't always as they appear
*it doesn't matter what other people think
Spence was thriving in my house and doing amazingly well! He was happy and very well behaved after a few months of work with him. Around Christmas time, Spence was attacked by another dog while we were on a walk :( This shattered Spence's confidence around other dogs and at the end of Feb. 2004 he went back to GDB for an evaluation and they decided that he was just too scared of loose dogs to be a guide. Spence was placed by GDB in a loving home with a couple in CA. He is a therapy dog now and is extremely happy and loved by his people!
The things Anya taught me were:
* you can be "almost perfect", but not "absolutely perfect"
*black is beautiful!
* act so that people call you "princess"
*each dog has it's own personality
*she was born to be a guide-some dogs just have it!
*dogs don't all chase balls-in fact, some dogs care less about balls!
Anya was an amazing dog! I knew from day 1 that she was going to be a guide dog, but she was one of the dogs that I would have kept in a heartbeat! Anya never actually made it to phase 10, she got put into class from phase 8. She graduated with her partner in November of 2003. She is still working in CA and has the most perfect person as her handler! Anya and her partner are two peas in a pod and it shows!
Magician with Lindsey and Santa a week after picking him up!
Magician on Graduation day in OR
Magician graduated on July 27, 2002. His trainer absolutely loved him, and told me at Sonny's graduation, that she still has pictures of him on her fridge at home. She took Magician home with her a lot while she was training him and she just loved him. In class he was nicknamed "superslug", because he was pretty slow and just took his time! He is still working in CA with his perfect partner! He is doing great and has been through a lot with his partner, but they are the perfect team and hopefully still have many years of working ahead of them!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Ontario likes him and is trying to be a good big brother (but sometimes that's hard when the baby does things he's not supposed to be doing...)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The night before Fun Day I was staying at my sister's house in OR. Well, during the night I started barfing my guts out...and it wasn't over in the morning when it was time for me to go to Fun Day. However, being the guide dog freak that I am, I bought me some pepto and off to Fun Day I went.
When it was time, I went to the designated meeting spot to meet Sonny's brother Sprite and his raisers. At that spot on the grass in OR, I met Bob and Tricia Blair. This started a fabulous friendship between Tricia and I.
Tricia became my "guide dog mom" and we talked on the phone almost daily for quite some time. When I was going through so-called rough times in my young adult life, Tricia was the person who would hear me cry over the phone...she was also the person who would send me care packages in the mail, and when I really needed her? Tricia was at my door, giving up her weekend to come visit me! She became my second mom.
Tricia was diagnosed with Brain cancer about 7 months ago...and about a week ago, Tricia was freed from her sick body and is now an angel for many! I know that Tricia is happy wherever she is now, and is no longer in pain. She was a wonderful woman who meant the world to many people including me.
So from Lindsey and the "nasty GSD Ontario" (as Tricia would say)...I love you Tricia!