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Yellow Friday

I don’t do “Black Friday.” There’s just no sale good enough to get me to go out there and camp out, fight the crowds, push and shove…or get up and go shopping at three in the morning the day after Thanksgiving, especially now that I live somewhere that’s cold. My sanity and holiday cheer are worth more to me than the discounts! I mean, hey — if it’s something you enjoy, go for it. I’d rather stay home, and am happy to leave more space at Best Buy/Target/Wal-mart/Kohl’s for you.

But since we have one car right now (mine’s in the shop), and the pack leader is off work for the weekend, I wanted to make sure Sonny got out and about once today. So we went to Starbucks. A to-go order at a coffee house is a nice quick trip for a little dog (especially a little dog I have to carry everywhere because he doesn’t have all his shots yet). I got my peppermint mocha frappuccino, the pack leader got his strawberries & creme, and Sonny got more practice in the car and in his tiny yellow puppy jacket as well as exposure to a venue with interesting sounds and delightful smells.

And since he’s only slept through the night once in this past week, I was also more than happy for the caffeine.

Now we’re back home, feeling pretty good about the fact that this “weekend” is only half over. The pack leader and I are working on our own projects, sleepy Sonny is taking a pre-dinner nap, and Truman is hard at work being handsome, as always. Happy Yellow Friday!

We Have House!


We have a place to live in Pennsylvania! A lovely townhouse, with plenty of room for the boys to romp (nice basement…or “shuffletorium,” as I’m calling it). The owners met with our pack leader, and were sufficiently impressed by his portrayal of our fine and well-mannered Labradors that they agreed to rent us the place, even though they would not normally consider someone with two big dogs. It’s going to cost us a little more in rent than the other places we looked at (with one-dog mandates), and we are paying a double pet deposit, but it’s worth it to have a home for all four of us.

I’m relieved, I’m thrilled, I’m excited. We have a 12-month lease (and I have a square-footage count)!

A Couple of Twits

And by the way…I’m tweeting now. Follow me @LabradorRodeo, if you’re not tired of hearing from me already!

GDA Puppy Evacuation: Film at 11!

Our local Fox affiliate did a news story on GDA’s dog evacuation. Check out the video!

Fire Near GDA — Prayers Appreciated

Those of you who live here in California know the perils of fire season — when it’s hot and dry and windy, as it is every autumn, things can get scary.

There’s a pretty big fire burning in Sylmar right now, which is where Guide Dogs of America is located. I woke up to several e-mails this morning from puppy raiser group area leaders and GDA employees. The current situation is that all the dogs and puppies were safely evacuated at 1:30 this morning, and that the campus is still standing, but without power or phone service.

Fires are unpredictable, and sometimes even when things are seemingly under control, the winds can change and bring about a whole new situation. Your prayers are appreciated: for the campus itself, the staff and volunteers, the dogs and puppies, and especially the first-responders who are taking care of business on the fire lines.

Many thanks.

One Last Time, Truman Asks You to Vote for Laurie!

UPDATE: Truman’s good friend Laurie has made the FINALS (it’s just her and one other person!) in’s “Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest,” where the grand prize is a trip for two to London to read J.K. Rowling’s handwritten, unpublished book of fairy tales, mentioned in the 7th Harry Potter book. She asked me to thank all of you who voted for her in the semi-finals…and hopes you will vote one last time!

Will you take a moment to vote for “Laura H.” here on the Amazon contest page?


Help Me Support a K-9 Team in Iraq

Want to lend a helping paw? Some of you know about my other volunteer involvement as part of Soldiers’ Angels…well, in addition to my “formally” adopted Marine, Truman and I are also sending a care package (through to a Marine K-9 unit currently serving in Iraq. We’re including snacks for the human part of the team, and some rugged toys for the dog part of the team — Kongs, Nylabones, you guys know, all the good “big dog” stuff.

But what I often hear is that package recipients are equally excited to receive letters and well-wishing from home. Most of the readers of this blog are puppy raisers; you guys know how special the bond is between a working dog and his (or her!) handler, and these teams are doing very difficult, dangerous work. Think about your most stressful day as a puppy raiser, then think about how stressful it would be to be in charge of a dog whose job it is to locate explosives…. The dogs need play time and the people need a little morale boost.

So, if you’d like to send a little note of encouragement from you or your puppy-in-training (or working service dog) to the K-9 team, e-mail it to me, and I’ll print it out and put it in the care package along with my letter and the rest of the goodies. You can even send a photo, if you’d like. I’ll be mailing the package on Monday, August 6th, so send me any e-mail by Sunday the 5th if you’re interested. Thanks for your support!