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Treats are good! - A Jesse's story

By Karine Lefort on Mar 4, 2017 at 08:00:00 AM

Hello friends! My name is Jesse and I will be two on June 13th 2017. I'm barely out of school and now living with my new human Mamma, her mate, a little big sister pug named Abby and a cat they pretend is a Terrorist (although it may be his name, it's hard to tell with cats). Tomorrow will conclude my first week as a professional guide dog. Humans here, they say I love my food. And it's true! I mean, everything that fills the belly is important, doesn't it? My question then is, if they know I love food, why do they slow the treat rate after a while? Let me tell you about an adventure that happened to me last week. I come from the Guide Dog Foundation for the blind in Smithtown New York and before we go to the vans to work in different places there's a little path with an obstacle course we have to walk. Then, we arrive at our van and can leave for our training. One day, we had a good walk and we're coming back to the foundation for the humans to have lunch. So our instructor parks at her usual place and we head off, my new human Mamma and me toward the house. I go around a first obstacle and I'm so good and and light that she stops and gives me a cookie. After that, we continue and I go around a second obstacle. I stop, waiting for my cookie, but no... no cookie. OK... I guess I've been good, but that I shouldn't have stopped on my own for my cookie. The third obstacle is coming and I'm thinking in my head, how could I get my cookie. What should I do to be really sure I get a cookie? I decide, I stop right in front of the obstacle. Mamma says: Good boy, find the way. Good boy, good boy! This isn't the result I was expecting. OK, maybe, if I show her that the obstacle is high but also wide? I make a few side steps and stops again. I even show her with my nose that the obstacle is there. Mamma: Good boy, find the way. Oh? Not again! This is not what I want... Suddenly, I know! I'm a genious! I look up at her, look at the obstacle and gives it two or three big hit with my paw. Bang! Bang! Bang! And I look at her. Result, my new human Mamma and my instructor, they burst out laughing. And then, my human, she goes around the obstacle and grab my handle, asking me to go forward. I guess that even if we can't eat laughter, I've been a very clever boy! I can say so because when I stop at the curb, I get my cookie.

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Chris rates this post as excellent and says:

I loved your story and I can say that my current guide Albert is in full agreement with Jesse! Happy travels!

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Scholar's Retirement Party

By Chris Trudell-Conklin on Feb 20, 2017 at 08:00:00 AM

On July 4, 2002, which is Independence Day in the U.S., I gave my owner Chris my woofing paper that says "I quit!" I felt terrible for her since she was very sad, but I no longer wanted to wear the harness and guide her. So, once she calmed down, a party was planned in celebration of my hard work! As one can imagine, I was so excited to go to Greg's house since there would be other dog friends there too. But, my biggest thrill was to see Greg and his pool! Picture in your mind all of Greg's guests sitting on the deck having drinks, my dog friends Theo, Quinby, and Archer running around, and all of a sudden you hear "splash!" Yes, that was me swimming in Greg's pool. Once I had enough of that, I climbed up the ladder and ran at full speed to the deck where I gave everyone a shower! That was the best retirement party ever!

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Sneaker Boy's Favourite Toy

By Chris Trudell-Conklin on Mar 12, 2017 at 08:00:00 AM

Nike boy when not working loved nothing better than to carry around a squeaky stuffed hedgehog. Nike boy would squeak Hedgie and bring him to me all wet waiting for me to throw it! He played this game every day for at least 10 minutes, and never damaged the toy. Let me tell you, it was very entertaining seeing Nike with his hedgehog, and my cats Casey and Riley trying to get into the game. And of course all the while that tail of his was going 90 miles an hour.

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Ziggy's Grocery Store Adventure

By Neena Saloya on Feb 21, 2017 at 08:00:00 AM

One day in 2006, my friend Jen and I were shopping at No Frills. Ziggy, my guide dog, was supposed to follow Jen around while she was helping me to get some things. I thought Ziggy had followed her properly, but Jen suddenly said "Neena, do you realize where you are?" I said "I think I am in the freezer section." We laughed, because Jen said "No. Ziggy led you to the butcher section. He is saying "That pork chop would be great to eat right now! Can you get and make it for me Mummee?"" Mummee was the way Ziggy addressed me when I petted him and spoke in his Ziggy voice. We did not get the pork chops. We got other items that Ziggy would be far less interested in.

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By Greg Thompson on Mar 3, 2017 at 08:00:00 AM

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