Wednesday, June 24: Day 5
He was excited to see me today! This is good, this is SO good!
Our journals today were about our most recent vacation/trip and how a dog would be helpful, and what obstacles we expected. My last trip was to visit my parents, with the crazy hell of holidays and oh lordy were there a huge pile of things that could have been challenges, not the lest of which being my extended family and a 6 month old nephew.
The boyfriend has to head up to school today, but he stayed through the access lecture.
It wasn’t really anything I didn’t already know. A lot of details I hadn’t thought about, like what happens when you go into the hospital – a rather necessary topic when you’re in a group with a higher-than-average rate of visits to hospitals! Did you know they can go everywhere but a clean room (ie burn ward). Some people who have service dogs even have them in the operating room – after all, if you have seizures, it’d be nice to have the dog alert when someone is cutting into you so they have a chance to get you safe! I don’t think I’d go that far, as seizures are not part of my problem, but he will be there until I go under and will be there when I come to, should I need an operation.
After the talk, the boyfriend headed off to school and then swung by our house to water the plants. I was kind of glad he got a break from training – it’s been very hard on him to spend all this time around dogs and not get to touch them!
We did some more obedience – the most basic start of retrieval. Before we started, the trainers made us all chant ‘I will not do retrieval on my own!’ Until our dogs are doing it well, they don’t want us trying it, as it’s a simple exercise to screw up. Hudson didn’t want to take the wooden dumbell from my hand, but he eventually decided to. He picked it up quicker off the ground, perhaps suspecting that I was going to sit here and work on him until he did.
The woman who runs the puppy-prison program gave me a ride on our fieldtrip to Chili’s and then back to the house I was staying at.
The fieldtrip to Chili’s was pretty uneventful for me. Hudson takes after his poodle side as far as food is concerned, so he didn’t give me any trouble over food (though I understand some of the labs did a bit). He just laid under the table, right next to Miki. I found out that Miki had been placed before, and after just a few months the overwhelmed girl had brought him back, unable to work with him. (I was later told that his strength and enthusiasm registered as unruly to her, and she didn’t want to deal with it – which is sad, as she has a progressive disease and could have definitely used his strength as it advanced!)
My poor boyfriend – of all the afternoons to miss, today was the day that some of the new puppies were at the training location to be tested! I felt sad that he missed playing with them, though I spent a good 10 minutes with the wriggly little labs. 11 lab puppies, 2 yellows and the rest black. Oh, they were the most adorable things, 8 weeks old and sleepy.
And then it was off to my host, though the drive was somewhat eventful as I am not exactly familiar with the way it looks! You see, I am often exhausted to the point of not paying attention when my boyfriend drives back, so I honestly didn’t know if we’d missed turnings, and our directions didn’t have mileages noted.
The boyfriend got back not long before time to go to bed. At least, for him. Unfortunately for me, I had a serious insomnia attack. Bleh. It was 3:00 AM before I slept, when I wake up at 8:30 and need 9ish hours of sleep.