Five years ago today, I took over raising Lomax from his first puppy raiser. I picked him up after a GDA obedience class, on Saturday, September 24, 2005. My first dog. He’s now a guide.
And today, Wolf and I are picking up Jethro. Right now, as you’re reading this, we’re probably sitting in a little room at GDA with other puppy raisers, half listening to the pre-puppy-pick-up lecture and giddy with anticipation.
I can’t wait for Wolf to hold the little guy for the first time. I can’t wait to introduce Jethro to Truman. I’ll post a few photos as soon as I’m able.
It’s a sweet day.
Hey! You made it! Awesome. Thanks for ambling over from the old blog. I’ve missed you guys. And if you’re new here, well, that’s pretty awesome too. Welcome to my new place! Like it?
Things are still a bit dicey around here, since I just moved in, so “pardon our dust” and all that. I have a lot of posting to catch up on, and since I imported my billion or so old posts in order to get things rolling, I should probably go back and reorganize old tags/categories, and catch up on categorizing old pre-category posts, fix some wonky photo and video issues, etc. … but who am I kidding, right? That’s not gonna happen. At least not immediately.
The point is, I’m not dead,* and this is the new blog. I’ll be making changes and doing some tweaks and playing with format and adding new doodads here and there, in between regaling you with stories of Truman’s continued adventures…as well as the adventures of the next puppy. Yes, it’s true! There will be a new member of the pack in just a few weeks. See “Meet the Dogs” at the top of this page for details…and stay tuned. For real this time.
* HOORAY!!!! That IS good news.
I’ll post more soon, but for now, a teaser:
Sure, at first he was a little jealous that nobody got HIM a fancy new ring, but then we gave him a cookie and he forgave us. At least he got to be there for the proposal, which was only fair, considering he WAS the chaperone for our first date. Also considering the fact that Truman actually prefers Wolf to me, I think the arrangement will be to his liking after all.
So now I have a full-time dog, the most excellent future husband in the history of man, and something sparkly for my leash hand:
Many would say I’m witty and intelligent, and some might even find me interesting and perhaps even attractive. I have a good job, am involved in a variety of activities, service organizations and church groups, and I meet new people all the time here in Los Angeles — one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas in the nation. Despite my best efforts, I am still single.
And yet, not ten weeks into his earthly existence, my dog has a wealthy benefactor.
Great news: Truman is now a “sponsored puppy.” That means some generous person (in our case, a “Mr. R”) has donated money to GDA that will take care of the expenses involved in Truman’s puppy stage. That means, among other things, that we get reimbursed for an obedience course and receive several free bags of our expensive dog food, which is welcome news for my budget!
I suppose it’s rude of me to assume Mr. R is wealthy — but he is extremely generous. Truman is the seventh dog he has sponsored, and he has yet to see a graduate. (No pressure, little man….)
It’s an honor to be asked to raise a sponsored dog, because it comes with extra responsibility. It will be my joy and privilege to keep Mr. R updated as to Truman’s progress through photos and detailed quarterly reports which will surely exceed his page-count expectations.
Lomax’s news had to come first, of course, because we have worked and I have prayed so hard for this day; he deserves his recognition.
But I thought you might also like to hear that on March 9th, I’ll be picking up little Truman, another male yellow Lab, who will be my next puppy-in-training for GDA.
And finally, to add to the joy of Lomax graduating with his brother Liam, I’m also thrilled to announce that I will once again be raising littermates with Liam’s raisers, my dear friends Matthew and Amy, who have started their own blog (“Growin’ Up Guide“). Truman and his brother Tai will no doubt be fast friends.
Stay tuned for the Truman Show!
I’ve been waiting a long time for my very own dog…and today, finally, I heard from the Puppy Department at GDA.
I thought I would be receiving an 8-week-old puppy at some point before Christmas, but as it turns out, there are other joyous, important things in store for me in my favorite area of community service. This new task will be a sacrifice for me in some ways, but a great joy in other ways. For one thing, the dog I’m getting is already old enough to be well behaved in most public places and will therefore make the already busy holiday season less stressful than would a curious sharp-toothed destruction machine with a tiny bladder.
Also, this gives me an opportunity to serve another person who is probably heartbroken about having to give up her dog sooner than she expected.
Today I am ecstatic to announce that sometime in the next couple of weeks, I will be taking over puppy raising duties from another terrific volunteer who unfortunately cannot complete the commitment. My new charge — and soon-to-be extension of my left arm, as it were — is a year-old male Yellow Labrador Retriever named Lomax.