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I am a male yellow Lab. My birth date is September 4th 2011. I am in training to be a guide dog for the blind. (guide dog school -Southeastern Guide Dogs) I'm my raiser's fifth guide dog puppy. She will keep me for (about) 1 year, then I will head off to harness training! Please feel free to follow my blog and keep up with: Brandon's Life... As a guide dog in training

My Furry Friends! (Feel free to join the pack!)

Monday, March 10, 2014

First Birthday!!

Today was my very first birthday!  I turned the big ole "1 year".  That's right, I'm officially a year old, along with all my cuddly siblings.

To celebrate, my raiser will be taking me on my very own shopping spree!!  I'm in need of some new tasty treats, and a few new toys too...

Happy birthday to me!

-Pal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snowy Day!

SNOW... SNOW.... SNOW!!!
that's right, it's a super snowy day here at our house. 
I have discovered that snow is a glorious, wet, and exciting treat to eat!  I found it to be very tasty.
Snow is also amazing to play in, I never knew you could have so much fun!
Do any of my furry followers have any snowy white goodness?

-Pal

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Growing Up

*Wriiten by Pal*
It seems as though I've never done a thing with this blog... my raiser didn't bother to give me a "blogging 101" class, so this is totally new to me.
I hate that neither of us have updated recently, so I've decided to dive right in and take over.
For all who don't know, I'm Pal... my raiser's newest guide dog in training. I was born in March last year and met my sweet raiser in June. I'm currently 10 months old, and growing up quickly! 
I'm a quick learner and extremly treat motivated... so if there is food or attention involved, I'm in! 
Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
Stay tune and I promise to update more often! 

-Love and kisses
Pal


Enjoy the pictures of me, and I know I'm super cute :)

My raiser and I with a few others during a puppy meeting.

My Raiser and I inside a mall for a puppy meeting


Me doing a down-stay during a meeting

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pal Who?

*(written by Brandon's raiser)*
I'm happy to announce the newest guide dog puppy that I'm raising...
Please welcome "Pal", he's a male yellow lab and super sweet!
He's birth date is March 10th 2013, which makes him about 16 1/2 weeks old.
Sorry to be so slow with updates, but I do hope to be posting a "little" more often!

-Pal's puppy raiser 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Exciting Brandon Update!

*(Written by Brandon's raiser)*
I apologize for the lack of blog posts, but I do have a long overdue and very exciting update for everyone...

We were notified that Brandon was sadly career changed from becoming a working guide dog due to major medical issues.  We were quite sadden by this news, but we were anxious to hear what his new career choice might be...
Not many days passed and we were told that Brandon was chosen to become a bomb and arson dog!  "Bomb Sniffing Dog". This is a very different career choice, but it sounds like it was a perfectly career for our sweet Brandon.
Included below is the most recent information that we've received about Brandon, we are very excited at the possibility of receiving more updates about Brandon and hearing what interesting things he's been doing.   We were also happy to learn that Brandon was picked for this career along with his brother, so he'll be working with a friendly face!

Another exciting update is the wonderful decision that I've decided to raise my 6th guide dog puppy! We just received a new puppy last night, and I look forward to updating you all soon about him...

- Brandon's Raiser


Friday, February 22, 2013

Brandon Updates!

*(Written by Brandon's Raiser)*
I apologize for the lack of posts and updates.  I hope all of you guys had a wonderful 2012, and a very Happy New Year!!
I've received Brandon's first 3 report cards (November, December, and January) and he's continuing to do well with his training down at the school.  
Brandon was in "phase 1" of training for the first 2 months, but shown on his 3rd report card, he's now moved into "phase 2" of training (there is a total of 3 phases).  I thoroughly enjoy reading the comments that are left by the trainer about Brandon, and greatly appreciate that they include them! 
I do hope that Brandon continues to do well with his training, and I'm looking forward to receiving his next report card.
Below are his first 3 report cards, and again I'm so sorry for the lack of posts and updates!

- Brandon's Raiser

Brandon's First Report Card
Trainer comments from first report card: "Brandon is a bundle of joy, always happy and ready to make everyone smile with his goofy personality. This past month, he has been learning how to stop for curbs and make right and left hand turns. He loves to explore the world with his nose, but he has been learning to focus on his work. He thoroughly enjoys running and playing in the fields with his roommate!"
Brandon's Second Report Card
Trainer comments from second report card: "This past month, Brandon has been introduced to suggestive turns, off-curb travel, and obstacle clearances. He is happy and energetic as always and thoroughly enjoys learning new commands. When Brandon isn't out training, he loves to be a part of our Canine Enrichment Program solving puzzles. He is enthusiastic when it comes to work and play!" 

Brandon's Third Report Card
Trainer comments from third report card: " This past month, Brandon has been busy all around town. He has worked in the malls, escalators, stairs, and country travel. Brandon is always happy, ready to work and take life at full charge. We are working at patience and responsibility, but he is showing improvements daily."


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

(written by Brandon's Raiser)
Merry Christmas to all my wonderful friends out there!
Though this is the first time in 6yrs that I haven't had a guide dog puppy with me for Christmas, I still managed to enjoy quality time with my family and I'm so grateful to have them.
I have just received Brandon's 1st report card, and I will be posting it in a few days.  I'm so glad to hear Brandon's continues to do well, and it's a relief to have a recent update during the holidays. 
Merry Christmas!  

-Brandon's Raiser

Picture of 2 of my dairy goats and I

Monday, December 17, 2012

Angry Birds Winner!!

And the winner is....
Stella!! (over at Jo's World) Congratulations on winning our Angry Birds dog toys giveaway; I will be in contact with you shortly.  
Thanks to all who participated in this giveaway!

-Brandon's Raiser

Image of the red bird with a blue hat

Friday, December 14, 2012

Greetings from Florida

Brandon's harness picture has arrived, and oh does my sweet chubby boy look all grown up and handsome!
I also received a letter, and a "post-card" from Brandon, it looks like he's enjoying the sunny state :)
I can't believe it's already been 2 months since Brandon headed IFT (In For Training), I still miss him dearly, but I'm so excited to finally have his harness picture. 
Don't forget to enter our Angry Birds dog toys giveaway, it ends THIS Sunday, and the winner will be announced on Monday (11-17).

-Brandon's Raiser   


Picture of Brandon staring straight at the camera in a sit-stay, while wearing his harness

Picture of Brandon running, which was then photo shopped to have a beach background, with the text "Greetings from Florida" up in the right hand corner
Copy of the letter that "Brandon" sent me, stating that he passed his medicals, will be moving up into  a new kennel, and will meet his trainers.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Angry Birds Dog Toys GIVEAWAY!!

Giveaway, did someone say giveaway?? 
That's right! Hartz asked us to help pass along the word of their Facebook guessing game, for the holiday themed Angry Birds dog toys.  In return, not only did my pups receive 4 Angry Bird dog toys, but they also are sponsoring a giveaway on our blog!! 
Entering is super easy, just leave a comment that you'd like to be entered, include your email address (or be sure one can be reached on your profile/blog) and your entered! Yes, it's THAT easy!
Giveaway starts 12/7 and ends 12/16, hurry and enter... these 4 Angry Bird dog toys need a home for the holidays!  *Winner will be picked at random and announced on 12/17*

Now, be sure to head over to Hartz Facebook page and participate in their interactive guessing game!
The details for the game are as follows:
  • There are four unique holiday Angry Birds toys that will be shown in four different holiday locations that will be slowly revealed throughout the course of 4 weeks.
  • Each week (Monday-Sunday) a photo of one of the toys in a distinct setting, will be featured on the Facebook application with only a small amount of the photo visible.
  • As the week progresses, more and more of the photo will become visible and ultimately be fully revealed each Sunday.
  • Fans will be able to submit their guesses as to the location where the toy is hiding out as many times as they like throughout the week for a chance to win their own limited edition set of all four characters.
  • The campaign will kick off on Monday, 11/26/2012
I did receive the 4 Hartz Holiday Angry Bird dog toys, and thankful that I had Harris here to help "try them out"! (though Liberty loves these toys, she's not the eaiset dog to photograph!).
Enjoy the pictures below, and don't forget to leave a comment to be entererd in our giveaway!
-Brandon's Raiser


I was super excited when I got the box in the mail, cutest packaging!
Picture of the box, cute logos on side and even a gift box wrapping and bow on the top!

Harris was very interested to see what was inside...
Picture of Harris peeking his head inside the box

Are you sure it's mine?? 
Picture of Harris sniffing one of the Angry Bird toys

Pictures of the 4 Hartz Holiday Angry Birds dog toys (photos below provided by Hartz)

Black Bird with candy cane

Red Bird in blue hat

Green Reindeer Pig


White bird in red scarf and grey hat with pink flower

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Brandon Update... Finally!

I have finally gotten Brandon's first update from the guide dog school, he passed his medical/hip tests and has now moved into training!
I'm glad Brandon has started training, and I know he must be enjoying himself and his classmates.
I should be getting his harness photo in the next few weeks; I'm looking forward to seeing how grown up my boy looks!
Starting in the next month or so, I should be receiving monthly updates/report cards about Brandon's training. 
Still, at any point, Brandon could be career changed due to a training/medical issue he may have developed, so please continue to pray and keep your fingers and paws crossed for him!  I want what's best for  my sweet boy and I'll be excited to see how Brandon progresses during his training.

Harris (the chocolate lab I was puppy sitting) returned to his raiser this past week, and he started his guide dog journey in FL this past Saturday, I wish him the best of luck with his training, he sure was a joy to have for the last month!

On a totally different note, I will be doing a review and giveaway on some doggy toys (thanks to Hartz!)
So keep your eyes peeled for that post!

-Brandon's Raiser

My sweet, lovable Brandon!
Picture of Brandon & I beside an old barn (Brandon joined me for a few of my senior pictures this Spring!)

Brandon & I at a different section of the old barn, it looks like I have Brandon in a head lock!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

 (Written by Brandon's raiser)
Happy Thanksgiving to all our blogging friends out there! I'm thankful to have so many friends, and also extremely thankful to be a part of the guide dog program!
Still no news about Brandon, but should be hearing something any day now, it's so hard not knowing anything!
Harris (the chocolate guide dog puppy we're dog sitting) is still here, as we ended up keeping him for another week.
Harris & I have been keeping busy with my college classes, and I also managed to attend a weekend leadership conference this month, which was a great experience for Harris!  (and of course, I enjoyed it!).
Harris has settled in well to my lifestyle and I know I'm going to miss him dearly when he leaves next week!
Have a great Thanksgiving and fingers crossed that I'll have an update about Brandon in a few days!

-Brandon's Raiser


Up-close picture of Harris in a sit-stay, waiting for us to get checked into our hotel (for the conference) 
Picture of Harris & I with some of our wonderful friends! 



Picture of Harris & I with our driving buddies!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chocolate Anyone??

*(Written by Brandon's Raiser)*
I may have decided to take a long break from puppy raising, but I've still planned on puppy sitting for other raisers, when they needed it.
So when given the opportunity to dog sit "Harris" for 3 weeks, I was more than happy to say yes!
Harris is a handsome 1yr old Chocolate Lab, who can make just about anyone fall in love with him in a matter of seconds.

Though I still really miss Brandon (and anxiously awaiting news on how he's doing) I'm extremely glad to have another dog in my life, even if it is for a short time.
Harris is a bundle of fun to work with and has such a different personality than Brandon ever had!  I haven't had the chance to work with a Chocolate guide dog puppy before, and I'm very glad to have Harris with me for the next few weeks!

It's hard to believe Brandon has only been gone for a little under 3 weeks, I won't be expecting to hear any news about Brandon for another week or 2, but will be sure to keep you guys updated!
Enjoy the chocolate pictures below :)

-Brandon's Raiser



Picture focused on Harris and I's face

Picture of Harris and I staring at each other

Adorable picture of Harris in coat, staring at the camera

Monday, October 15, 2012

A New Chapter in Life

*(Written by Brandon's Raiser)*
We traveled down to FL this past weekend, and Brandon was turned In For Training "IFT" at the guide dog school on Saturday morning (October 13).
Brandon was extremely happy and excited to see all the other dogs and I know he's enjoying himself down there.
He started his new chapter in life on Saturday morning; this is a very exciting moment in time, not only for me as a puppy raiser - but also for Brandon, as he learns more and moves further along in his training.
It will be about 4 weeks before I hear any news about Brandon, but I will be sure to post all information on the blog, and keep you guys in the loop!
I will miss my furry yellow shadow, that went everywhere with me. Brandon was a joy to raise, and though he had some "hard times" it all ended well.  I'm looking forward to seeing how Brandon progresses down at the guide dog school, and excited to see how it turns out.  GOOD LUCK BRANDON!
Enjoy the pictures below,

-Brandon's Raiser



Picture of Brandon in a sit-stay beside me, at the FL welcome sign

Up close picture of Brandon & I at the FL welcome sign 

Picture of Brandon & I beside his "sign" at Southeastern Guide Dogs

Up close picture of Brandon's sign - it even has a picture of Brandon, when he was 6 weeks old!

Picture of Brandon being handed over to one of the guide dog trainers - he sure seems excited! 

Picture of Brandon "hopping" away with the guide dog trainer

Picture of me doing a blind fold walk with  one of the "class ready"  dogs (a female black lab , named "Betty Jean")

Picture of Betty Jean & I doing a forward walk (with the guide dog trainer  on her left side, holding the leash)

After all the dogs were turned in... we soon headed to the PUPPIES... to do some much needed "puppy hugging"!
Picture of me holding a little yellow puppy

Picture of me holding a small black puppy, who is licking my face

Friday, September 28, 2012

Harness Every Moment

Time sure is flying by quickly... I head back IFT (In For Training) in 2 weeks!
My raiser introduced me to the guide dog harness a few weeks ago, and I feel like such a grown up while wearing it :) 
I can't believe that I'll be leaving soon, I'm really going to miss you guys!
My raiser's Fall classes started in mid-August, and boy have I been enjoying attending those with her.
She has quite a busy class schedule, and it helps to keep my life interesting.
I feel like I've been such a slacker when it comes to posting... and I've realized how many exciting things have gone on in my life that I never had a chance to post about.
I think I'm going to "assign" my raiser to dig up all the random pictures taken of me over the last year... and post them once I'm gone; keeping you guys occupied with lots of "never before seen" pictures of me :)

My raiser has started to fill out the "Final Evaluation" (which will be turned in when I head back IFT), and she's starting to realize all the "little things" she still needs to work on with me... I guess I'm going to have a very busy 2 weeks!
Enjoy the pictures below of the puppy meeting last week,

-Brandon

Picture of  Brandon in harness at puppy class doing a "forward walk"

Picture of Brandon in a down-stay beside me

Picture of Brandon in a sit-stay in front of me

Picture of Brandon in a stand-stay 

Picture of Brandon in another stand-stay going up against the other dogs for the "Puppy Olympic" gold medal...

Picture of myself blindfolded and trying to take Brandon's harness off (then count to  10 - and put it back on)

Picture of  me still blindfolded, and now succeeding at putting the harness back on

Success! Picture of Brandon in a stand-stay beside me and his harness is on correctly!