Sunday, December 4, 2011

Making lots of progress!

In the last few months, I've learned lots of new stuff and been many places.

This fall Mom and I flew to Seattle to see Mom's friend Anna get married. It was my first wedding. I got to meet Rico, he is sooooo tiny! Mom also got to see her old AmeriCorps partner.
Me with Rico at Pike Place
We also spent time in San Francisco with Sonja and Jolanda.We did some site-seeing in San Francsico.

Mom and I at Fishermen's Wharf


Sonja likes shopping at Trader Joe's. Here's me and Jolanda at Trader Joe's.
 Mom and I also went to visit her parents and grandparents.  I liked visiting with my great-grandpa Izzy and listening to Mom sing to him.  Sometimes the place he lives is kinda disturbing, some of the people there are really old and have Alzheimers or Dementia.

We spent a day at the old Los Angeles Farmer's Market with Great-Grandma Mollie and Great-Great Aunt Betty. Aunt Betty has a dog I like. It was Grandma's birthday, she's 60!


Grandma, Grandpa and Auntie Melanie joined us for an afternoon at the Museum of Television and Radio. That was boring but I loved the smells at Canter's Deli!

Grandma, Grandpa, Mom and I spent a day at Ventura Harbor. Mom and I played in the ocean!


Our latest trip was to Colorado to visit Bino. On day, Mom put all this extra stuff on me, including on my feet!  I got to play in this white stuff called snow! The boots kept my feet protected even when I went tummy deep in the snow.  Here's Mom, Bino and I at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
As for tasks, I have mastered picking up Mom's cane and I'm really starting to get the hang of picking other stuff up. I just don't always know what she wants exactly. We kinda have mixed signals.  But we're working on it and I'm getting lots better!  As soon as we get some video, I'll post it here.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Getting caught up!

I've been behind on my blog.  Life got soooo busy!

In February we moved out of that tiny awful apartment into a much better place only a block away.  We live in a duplex on an old Victorian. A nice, mostly quiet man lives upstairs and we mostly see him checking his mail or doing his laundry.  Yes, on site laundry!  Mom loves it!  And I love my very own yard!!  I can go out whenever I want, lay in the grass, birds to watch and bottles to chew on. 

But something sad happened. On the day we could really say hello to the new house, we also had to say goodbye.  Mordecai suffered a stroke on February 3, and we said goodbye to him on February 6.  We were all sad but it was the right thing to do.  He is at peace now.

Life has really taken off! I go with Mom just about everywhere and am doing well in my training.  I really started to hate the Gentle Leader and failed to communicate to Mom that I had a broken tooth that it was bothering.  I finally got the message across to Mom and she took me a place where they pulled out my broken tooth.  I got wet food on my kibble for days!   Mom sold the Gentle Leader and started using a prong collar. And it doesn't hurt me at all, just gives me a reminder.  They just look bad.

Lots of stuff has happened in the past months.  In the upcoming days I'll post about trips we took, outings my SD buddies and lots of cool stuff.

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Review of Shagg Bag

Originally submitted at Timbuk2

A strap-ready zipper pouch for gadgets.


Works great for my service dog!

By SD Handler from Eureka, CA on 1/3/2011

 

4out of 5

Pros: Durable , Attractive, Good Strap Length, High Quality

Cons: Too small

Best Uses: Extended trips , Day Trips

Describe Yourself: Stylish, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Classic

I bought the small Shagg Bag to put on my service dog's harness. It holds his paperwork, business cards, and my medical information. It fits perfectly on several pieces of his working gear and I know Timbuk2's quality product will last through Max's career and probably beyond.

I wish the depth had been a big larger and maybe half an inch taller. I should have bought the medium but the height does not change. I have a large one and it was way too big for this.

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Airborne Max!

After a stressful move Mom and I decided to take a vacation in sunny SoCal. So far, it has been warmer at home in Eureka than it has been here. Hopefully the weather will cheer up soon.

Mom and I flew down here on Alaska Airlines. I was to fly as an ESA and Mom had all my paperwork in order but they did not ask for it. The desk agent was able to rearrange things so Mom and I got two seats to ourselves. The flight was not full.  In the past Mom has experienced trouble going through Security, but mostly at SFO. Once security screening opened for our flight we were the first ones to go through.

Mom stripped me of my harness, collar, and leash. I was only wearing a grooming lead and a t-shirt. Mom wore velour sweatpants to fly so she didn't have to worry about removing her belt or her zipper setting off the metal detector.  We walked through and had no problems. Mom dressed me, got our bags, and settled down near the gate door.

We were the first to board the plane. I settled down under our seats on my mat. The plane filled with passengers and then we took off. I did not like take off. In fact, I hated most of the flight. At first I looked out the window but then I just sat under the seat shaking. It was too noisy and the whole floor vibrated. I refused treats and water. It was a 2 hour flight then Mom and I got off that noisy bird.

Mom and I spent some time at the mandated Animal Relief Area. I sniffed at the astro turf but didn't potty. Then we went to sit at a bus stop. A lady kept talking to me but wouldn't pet me. I barked at her. Both my behavior and the lady's upset Mom. Then we got on the bus. Mom wasn't feeling well, flying bothers her. We went straight to the back of the mostly empty bus. There were 3 seats there so Mom was able to stretch out.  I laid down happily on the floor, I have no problems with buses.

Hi, this is Michele speaking here. I want to share something that happened that Max didn't know about. As the bus filled up a couple headed back to sit in front of us. I noticed that the female half carried a dog carrier and a small dog. This bus allows small dogs in carriers.  As the bus left the airport, I noticed ID tags on the carrier from one of the faker scam sites. She unclipped them from the bag, waved them in her male partner's face, laughed and said, "See, I told you these would work!". She laughed some more and tucked the tags into the carrier. I was fuming, it's people like this that mess things up for us that really need a SD. Her dog was well-behaved so I didn't make a fuss. Max didn't even notice her dog and I don't think her dog saw Max.

Once we got off the bus I saw Grandma! I licked her hand and she held my leash when Mom went potty. Then we got in Grandma's car and drove to their house. I potty'd like crazy on their lawn. Then I got to see my Uncle Nosh! Nosh is a yellow lab/pit mix. He is getting old and gets grumpy with me. I like to mess with him though.  Then I got to see my cousin Rocky, Auntie Melanie's pug.

Mom got to see her best friend Dana who she hasn't seen in over a year. Dana is going to school to learn to take care of animals of the island of St. Kitts. Dana's boyfriend Shawn lives near Grandma and is a park ranger. We did all sorts of stuff with them but that's another entry.

Tomorrow we get to meet Eva and Bailey!