Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Cobb just wants to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! He loved his photo shoot if you can't tell... LOL

Monday, December 20, 2010

In Training

Joaquin is in training at the Oregon campus! He was on a vacation in San Rafael for a few weeks being looked at for breeding, but decided that he didn't want to be a breeder I guess! It was kind of a shock, but I think he will be a great guide dog, and that's what we raised him to do! Would have loved to raise a "Joaquin" puppy, but it wasn't meant to be. Joaquin is a great boy and he'll be fabulous no matter what he decides to do with his life. I miss him, but I'm sure he's loving all the attention he gets and the playtime with the other dogs in the kennels. Good Luck little boy!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

fall pictures

This weekend my mom took some pictures of Joaquin and me. He's such a great boy and is leaving soon, so i'm glad we got some decent pictures :) As much as i tried, I didn't get any fabulous pictures of Joaquin all by himself...i'll have to try again next weekend! :) Anyway, here are some of the good ones of both of us. I'm going to miss this boy so much!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Cobb 14 weeks

Joaquin 13 months

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Adios Carlos Amigos :(

Carlos went to his new raiser on Friday. He is going to a program in Salt Lake City, where high school kids raise puppies as part of a class and they always get started puppies, so they don't have to worry about the puppy having baby puppy accidents and stuff. I agreed to start Carlos for this program, but was uncertain that he would go to the program, until the last month, since there are always more dogs started than will be needed. Carlos was a real special boy for me. I was pretty smitten with him from the minute he got off the truck and we just clicked... I have had a few other dogs who I was bonded to like Carlos, so if his new raiser is reading this, I sure hope she knows and realizes how lucky she is!

The night before Carlos left, I went to take some fall pictures of him...I don't have photoshop, and had to use the flash, cause it was getting too dark not to (and I have many blurry pictures to prove my point on this) anyway, sorry about the devil eyes... but here is beautiful Carlos.

And this is my 18 month old nephew with Carlos. This kid LOVES dogs. When he sees my puppies he gets so excited and just loves playing with them and watching them. Right before this picture was taken, I looked over at Carlos and my nephew, and Car was chillin' on his back and my nephew was laying right next to him just lovin' him up. Everybody just loves Carlos!
My roommate and I always called Carlos, Carlos Amigos...I don't really know why, but it's kind of fun to say I guess, and he just became Carlos Amigos! And it just fit...He is a sweet, sweet, sensitive, cuddly, well behaved, awesome puppy! So for now, Adios Amigos...hopefully I'll get to puppysit him at some point and his adventures on this blog will not be over. I love that dog! He's special!

Cute Corn Cobb

Cute Cobb, on tie-down next to the couch at 12 weeks. He's sure a cute little guy! And he's actually growing into his ears...I'll have to post another picture soon :)

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Another puppy...

Carlos is going to the Salt Lake School Program at the end of the I got a new puppy today. This my friends is Cobb. Yes, like Cobb Salad! He is an adorable 9 1/2 week old male black lab. His parents are Ozzie and Labelle. On monday he will go to a puppysitters house for 2ish weeks until Carlos goes to his high school student.

Cute puppy Cobb at 9 1/2 weeks!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Carlos Amigos

I have not done justice for my Carlos on this blog so far. So here is a special post just for Carlos Amigos! He is an awesome puppy. He has been SO easy to raise up to this point. He's not without his quirks...just like any puppy, but I am so lucky to get to raise him as he's such a great puppy!
So first question is:
How does this... (8 week old carlos)

Turn into this:
5 month old Carlos
He definately looks older and more mature than the pudgy little puppy he was! He is still adorable...(of course). He is also likes many of the same past times that he enjoyed as an 8 week old puppy...such as sleeping on his back on his bed!

Carlos at 8 weeks on the fluffy bed sleeping on his back...
Carlos at 5 months laying on his back on the same bed...he takes up a little more space now than he did.
And here is Carlos' official 5 month old picture. He is so cute and such a good boy! He is a momma's boy and does exactly what I ask him to do and LOVES to please!

People laugh when I call him Carlos Amigos, but we joke Amigos is his middle name. He is a friend to all...people and dogs! He has a huge fan club of my nieces and nephews as well as my roommate and my grandma and my neighbors...ok, so everybody loves Carlos Amigos!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer Fun #2

And road trip #2 the mammoth road trip! (be sure to read the previous post for road trip #1)

Once again, Joaquin and I embarked on a road trip. We drove from Salt Lake to Reno the first day and spent the night with some friends in Reno. The next day we drove to the Bay Area. First we stopped at GDB to return some old run down supplies and go sneak a peek at the baby puppies. We went to starbucks to kill time for a few hours and play on the computer. Then we met up with some friends and Joaquin met GDB puppy Jaffe. We picked another friend up at the airport with her puppy Carney and all went to dinner. We met the first GDB pup I raised, Magician and his handler for dinner...

The picture above is me with Joaquin on the left and Magician on the right. Magician will probably be retiring sometime in the next year. He will be 10 next month and has earned his retirement where he will continue to live with his handler.

The next day we rode the ferry into San Francisco...Joaquin assumed the usual position on the ferry and won over the coast guard guys (those are the boots you see in the picture)

We spent a few hours in Jail (Alcatraz of course!) Obviously, Joaquin didn't think the life of a convict suited him naturally we took the ferry back to the city by the bay where we were going to ride a cable car, but the line was too long, so we ended up walking to Market street to do a little shopping (not Joaquin's favorite part of the trip!)

Then we went to Fun Day where Joaquin had his family reunion...He met up with his mom, 2 brothers and 2 sisters...we met (in order of the picture I think...) Jigsaw, Lamara, Janie, Jingle, Jordie and Joaquin. Joaquin is the biggest of the brothers that we met. He looked just like the photo of his dad that we saw. His littermates and mom all seemed to be very nice dogs!

The day after Fun Day we had a lazy day cause we were exhausted! We just layed around the house most of the day, and then went into the city that night to see Wicked...which I loved and Joaquin slept thru.

We started our drive to Oregon and stayed in a hotel that night where Joaquin was perfect! The next morning we drove to Crater Lake which was beautiful!

Then we went to Portland to meet up with some of my family. With the family Joaquin and I went to the Oregon Coast...

We also went to Mount Saint Helens with the family. which was a lot of fun too! We went to Fun Day in Oregon, however, none of Joaquins siblings were there and I didn't take any pictures. Mickelle brought Carlos up to Fun day in Oregon, and took Joaquin home with her the next day. We had a great trip and Joaquin was EXCELLENT. I could not have been any more impressed and proud of my boy or asked for a better dog to accompany me on the trip.

Summer Fun #1

At the end of June I took Joaquin on a small road trip (in preparation for a much larger road trip)... We started in Utah, and picked up some friends in Vegas and then took them HERE:

That would be the Grand Canyon! And boy is it Grand. We went to the North Rim which is a few thousand feet higher than the more popular South Rim. We got there around sunset, but I thought it was cool that the moon was out...

Joaquin was NOT impressed with all the picture taking my friends needed to do, so assumed the usual position in the middle of the trail...

I got a few pictures of him, but he was tired from a LONG day of driving and he was looking kind of pathetic...but isn't he cute?

After Grand Canyon, we drove to Camp Bloomfield in Malibu, and spent a few days just hanging out in Southern California. Unfortunately it was really foggy while we were there, so we didn't get to go to the beach much like we had planned...but it was great to hang out with our old friends and see the familiar faces at camp. --and camp was excited to have Joaquin there for a few days too!

Monday, May 31, 2010


Carlos at 10 weeks playing with his jollyball.
Carlos at 10 weeks with his puppy coat on.

Joaquin at Antelope Island with the Bison behind him (he wasn't real impressed with the bison.)

Joaquin at Antelope Island with the Great Salt Lake and the Rocky Mountains behind him.

Carlos sleeping on the dog bed at 8 weeks...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I was shoe shopping yesterday with this BIG guy! I heard a small child (probably about 3 years old) say "horsey, horsey" and point to Joaquin. Now, yes, he is a big dog...but I don't think he's THAT big! It was definately a new one in my years of raising puppies... I might be able to understand if it was Ontario who was even bigger than Joaquin and also had pointy ears...but it just made me laugh! Kids are cute!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Carlos's parents are Denzel and Maria. Denzel is black and Maria is yellow, I believe there are both black and yellow pups in his litter. So far he continues to be a wonderful puppy. So adorable and a cuddler. Of course I am totally in love with this little guy! Joaquin loves him a little too much--so for now their interactions are quite limited, but with time and patience I'm sure they will learn to chill with each other just fine. I am so lucky to get such awesome puppies! I fall in love with them more and more every day.

Joaquin seems to have turned from the silly golden puppy, to a serious adult golden dog. He is such a nice dog and everyday surprises me with how awesome he is!

I'm a lucky puppy raiser for sure!

Friday, May 07, 2010


I have a new puppy in my house. Of course he is a guide dog puppy and of course he is adorable! He was born on March 10th which makes him 8 weeks and 2 days old. So far he just wants to sleep. He managed to wake up and eat his meals...but it's hard being a 8 week old puppy and he's TIRED!!! So here are pictures...enjoy!

Joaquin is cute!

So a few weeks ago, I was really into watching the new BBC documentaries "Life". Anyway, while watching the "hunters" episode, Joaquin was also very curious and enjoyed watching. The entire hour he kept going right up to the tv to watch the chases! He loved it and I thought it was funny so I took a picture. Of course, he looked away from the TV as I took the pic.

Have I ever expressed my love for tulips on my blog??? LOL Anyway, of course I had to go to the tulip festival at Thanksgiving Point Gardens with my mom. And of course Joaquin needed his picture taken with the tulips...He is becoming such a handsome looking young dog!